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Dispatch Collection

Background imageDispatch Collection: AFS despatch rider and messenger, WW2

AFS despatch rider and messenger, WW2
An AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service) despatch rider and messenger on a motorbike at an LFS sub-station during the Second World War

Background imageDispatch Collection: The Railway Station, Clitheroe, Lancashire

The Railway Station, Clitheroe, Lancashire
The Railway Station, Clitheroe, near Whalley, Lancashire, England. Showing the milk dispatch Date: 1900s

Background imageDispatch Collection: Queen Elizabeth reviews female LFB dispatch rider, WW2

Queen Elizabeth reviews female LFB dispatch rider, WW2
Visit to LFB by Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elizabeth. Queen Elizabeth reviews a female dispatch rider at the Lambeth Headquarters of the London Fire Brigade

Background imageDispatch Collection: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - Coloured slide with handwritten inscription - Lorry reads the dispatch Recalled to Life

Background imageDispatch Collection: Will They Never Come? World War One poster

Will They Never Come? World War One poster
World War One recruitment poster using a photograph from the Weekly Dispatch showing a bloodied and bandaged British soldier who having just dispatched the enemy with his rifle simultaneously

Background imageDispatch Collection: RFC Woman Dispatch Rider, by W H Margetson, WW1

RFC Woman Dispatch Rider, by W H Margetson, WW1
Royal Flying Corps Woman Dispatch Rider, by William Henry Margetson, First World War. circa 1917

Background imageDispatch Collection: Grand procession at Plymouth on first dispatch of Cape mails

Grand procession at Plymouth on first dispatch of Cape mails
Grand procession to celebrate the port of Plymouth opening up as a Government Mail-packet Station. The Corporations of Plymouth

Background imageDispatch Collection: British motorcycle dispatch riders during WW1

British motorcycle dispatch riders during WW1

Background imageDispatch Collection: South African Light Horse Trooper Brabant's And

South African Light Horse Trooper Brabant's And
South, African, Light, Horse, Trooper, Brabant's, and, Duke, of, Edinburgh's, Volunteer, Rifles, Dispatch, Rider, Boer, War, Military, print, photo, J, E, Bruton, Cape, Town, , 13974383

Background imageDispatch Collection: H. M. S. Alert - Despatch Vessel

H. M. S. Alert - Despatch Vessel
H.M.S. Alert (K 647) - Despatch Vessel, (formerly Bay-Class Frigate Dundrum Bay K 427) - Commissioned in 1946. Date: circa 1950s

Background imageDispatch Collection: Volunteer motorcyclists during WW1

Volunteer motorcyclists during WW1

Background imageDispatch Collection: Poster, Will they never come? WW1

Poster, Will they never come? WW1
Poster, Will they never come ? WW1 Date: 1914

Background imageDispatch Collection: W. H. Smith and son's despatching newpapers 1900

W. H. Smith and son's despatching newpapers 1900
Early morning despatching newpapers for W. H. Smith. Date: 1900

Background imageDispatch Collection: Prime Minister Asquith - Commons Home Rule Bill debate

Prime Minister Asquith - Commons Home Rule Bill debate
Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith (1852 - 1928), replying to Mr Walter Longs Amendment Speech in the House of Commons, declaring that it would be disasterous to proceed with the Home Rule Bill

Background imageDispatch Collection: Auxiliary Fire Brigade riders, September 1939

Auxiliary Fire Brigade riders, September 1939
A line of dispatch riders attached to the Auxiliary Fire Brigade in September 1939. Among the riders is Nobby Key - a famous speedway rider who competed for Crystal Palace and New Cross (1929 - 36)

Background imageDispatch Collection: Knot porter 1746

Knot porter 1746
Knot porter from London, carrying lots of parcels on his back. 1746

Background imageDispatch Collection: Parcel mail porter 1846

Parcel mail porter 1846
Parcel mail porter in London. Date: 1846

Background imageDispatch Collection: German dispatch riders pre-WWII

German dispatch riders pre-WWII
Motor dispatch School in 1935 in Magdeburg. The passing on of a dispatch message. Date: 9 July 1935

Background imageDispatch Collection: German troops pre-WWII

German troops pre-WWII
German dispatch riders prior to World War II

Background imageDispatch Collection: NFS women in dispatch rider training, WW2

NFS women in dispatch rider training, WW2
NFS women undergoing dispatch rider training. They were widely used to supplement the lines of communication between various headquarters

Background imageDispatch Collection: London Fire Brigade motorcycle dispatch riders training, WW2

London Fire Brigade motorcycle dispatch riders training, WW2
LCC-LFB junior dispatch riders under instruction by a Brigade instructor at the New Cross speedway track in South London on 28 June 1940

Background imageDispatch Collection: Motorcycle dispatch riders, New Cross, WW2

Motorcycle dispatch riders, New Cross, WW2
LCC-LFB junior dispatch riders during training at the New Cross speedway track in South London on 22 April 1942 -- a spot of bother with a bike. Date: 1942

Background imageDispatch Collection: NFS dispatch rider training, WW2

NFS dispatch rider training, WW2
A firewoman dispatch rider under instruction

Background imageDispatch Collection: National League of Airmen Poster

National League of Airmen Poster
Poster, National League of Airmen, formed to promote Britains air security. This Concerns You, Enrol Now. 20th century

Background imageDispatch Collection: Queen Elizabeth II at her desk, 1959

Queen Elizabeth II at her desk, 1959
Queen Elizabeth II at work at her desk at Buckingham Palace. The Queen opens her dispatch box of State papers. Behind the box on the desk are a number of family photographs

Background imageDispatch Collection: Achilles and Aeneas

Achilles and Aeneas
He overpowers Aeneas and is just about to dispatch him to the Underworld when Poseidon intervenes to protect the Trojan hero who will found the dynasty of Romulus & Remus

Background imageDispatch Collection: Motorcycle display - Dispatch riders, Royal Corps of Signals

Motorcycle display - Dispatch riders, Royal Corps of Signals
Motorcycle display (in training for a performance at the Royal Tournament) - Dispatch riders, Royal Corps of Signals. Date: 1930s

Background imageDispatch Collection: Despatch-riders wearing gas-masks under their steel helmets

Despatch-riders wearing gas-masks under their steel helmets
Two despatch-riders looking at their map at one of the villages on the British front near Salonika. Wearing gas-masks under their steel helmets to protect them against the fumes from Bulgarian gas

Background imageDispatch Collection: Occupied Germany - American Dispatch Riders

Occupied Germany - American Dispatch Riders. Date: 1946

Background imageDispatch Collection: Hassan I (1836-1894). Sultan of Morocco

Hassan I (1836-1894). Sultan of Morocco between 1873 and 1894, member of the Alaouite dynasty. The Sultan receives a dispatch. 19 th century engraving R. Caton Woodville. Colored

Background imageDispatch Collection: Caricature of Ashton Dilke, Liberal MP and traveller

Caricature of Ashton Dilke, Liberal MP and traveller
Caricature of Ashton Wentworth Dilke (1850-1883), radical Liberal MP (from 1880 to 1883), traveller, and owner of the Weekly Dispatch. 1882

Background imageDispatch Collection: Posthaus at Augsberg

Posthaus at Augsberg
The Posthaus at Augsburg, Germany. Date: 1616

Background imageDispatch Collection: Catching Post 1884

Catching Post 1884
Catching the post - a daily event at the General Post Office, London, as the last letters arrive for todays dispatch. Date: 1884

Background imageDispatch Collection: Major Richardsons war dogs - bringing in a dispatch

Major Richardsons war dogs - bringing in a dispatch
Major Richardson, the renowned dog trainer, with two of his messenger dogs. During the Great War, Richardson was commandant of the British War Dog School at Shoeburyness

Background imageDispatch Collection: Post Dispatch Building, Houston, Texas, USA

Post Dispatch Building, Houston, Texas, USA
The new Post Dispatch Building, home of the radio station KPRC, Houston, Texas, USA. Date: circa 1928

Background imageDispatch Collection: Notebook recording quantities of comforts for soldiers

Notebook recording quantities of comforts for soldiers
Small manuscript notebook recording quantities of comforts for soldiers and their destination units between 4 Aug 1914-1917 and 2 Sep 1939-1940

Background imageDispatch Collection: Two women dispatch riders, Towler and Trayner

Two women dispatch riders, Towler and Trayner. They went on a world tour on their motorbikes, getting as far as Australia, where they both married and settled down. Date: 1958

Background imageDispatch Collection: AFS despatch riders at lecture, London, WW2

AFS despatch riders at lecture, London, WW2
AFS despatch riders, male and female, at a lecture, London, Second World War. Date: 1940s

Background imageDispatch Collection: Sportsmans Battalions, 1915

Sportsmans Battalions, 1915
An advertisement for sportsmans battalions, featuring a despatch rider on a Douglas motor cycle, pointing urgently to some smoking ruins

Background imageDispatch Collection: Provisions dispatched to Austrian recruits, WWI

Provisions dispatched to Austrian recruits, WWI
When Germany declared war on Russia, Austria had to prepare to cope with the millions of Russian recruits they d be fighting against, increasing its army significantly

Background imageDispatch Collection: Winter dispatch carrying on the Western Front 1917

Winter dispatch carrying on the Western Front 1917
Corporal Newsham, a British Press despatch rider, studying a map on his motorcycle at Rollancourt in northern France during the First World War

Background imageDispatch Collection: Women dispatch riders in training, WW2

Women dispatch riders in training, WW2
Women dispatch riders in training during the Second World War. Date: 1940s

Background imageDispatch Collection: Gentleman puffing away at his pipe in a No Smoking Carriage

Gentleman puffing away at his pipe in a No Smoking Carriage - " So what??" Date: circa 1940s

Background imageDispatch Collection: Short S16 / 1 Scion II VH-UUT at Rochester Airport

Short S16 / 1 Scion II VH-UUT at Rochester Airport
Short S16/1 Scion II, VH-UUT, at Rochester Airport prior to dispatch to Adelaide in 1936. Date: 1936

Background imageDispatch Collection: Balfour in Commons / 1892

Balfour in Commons / 1892
A.J.Balfour, Leader of the House of Commons in the Tory government, addresses the chamber. Date: 1892

Background imageDispatch Collection: Palmerston / Commons / 1864

Palmerston / Commons / 1864
Whig Prime Minister Lord Palmerston makes a statement to the House about the conference on the Schleswig- Holstein question. Date: 27 June 1864

Background imageDispatch Collection: King George VI inspecting dispatch riders of the LFB, WW2

King George VI inspecting dispatch riders of the LFB, WW2
King George VI visits the Headquarters of the London Fire Brigade, Lambeth

Background imageDispatch Collection: NFS (London Region) Fire Force 35 Control Unit, WW2

NFS (London Region) Fire Force 35 Control Unit, WW2
There were five Fire Force areas in the London Region of the NFS, Nos. 34 to 38. Each Fire Force area had its own local headquarters and Control Unit with dedicated staff



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