Pigeons being transported to the Front by Dispatch Rider
Via: Divisional Signal Company Royal Engineers
"On 11th September 1914, 15 Pigeons were handed over to British intelligence by the French. These birds were used for intelligence purposes only, but from this small beginning was destined to grow a great branch of the Signal Service. No less than 90,000 men had been trained to care for and fly Pigeons. The Pigeoneers went over the top with Pigeons in 'Assault Baskets', ready to carry important messages back to HQ.
The pigeon service at this period of the war had far outstripped the forward wireless service in its practical utility."