Messengers proclaim victory in the Russo-Japanese War
Two post runners proclaiming good news to the populace as they race along the road bearing a proclamation, they heads adorned with both the National Flag of Japan (the Civil and state flag and ensign of the Empire of Japan) and the Rising Sun Flag (the Ensign of the Imperial Japanese Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force). Their joy is likely due to victory over Russia in (or during) the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-1905. Date: 1905
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
The Red Cross for the Russo-Japanese War
An ambulance dog supplied by Major Edwin Richardson, the renowned dog trainer to the Russian army during the Russo-Japanese war in 1904. The top photographs show Richardson giving the dog a message, barking to attract attention to stretcher bearers and on sentry duty at an outpost. The bottom illustrations show dogs in use by the Germans and Italians. When the First World War broke out, the Germans had about six thousand trained dogs whereas the British had just one. Richardson pioneered the training of messenger dogs in Britain despite reservations from the military authorities. Eventually, he became commandant of the British War Dog School at Shoeburyness which successfully supplied hundreds of dogs who worked as messengers at the front. Date: 1904
© Mary Evans Picture Library
Chiaous Bashi, Official of the Sublime Porte
A Chiaous Bashi, an official of the Sublime Porte. He was in charge of the court messengers and announced those wishing an audience with the Sultan, amongst other duties and responsibilities. He wears rich and elaborate robes, a high white turban and carries a gold coloured stick or staff in his right hand and a piece of paper in his left.