Dispatches: The official reports made by commanding officers to the War Office or Admiralty. Being "mentioned in dispatches" is a distinction alike to officers and men. On such reports are based subsequent promotion and the distribution of honours. A "dispatch runner" is a mounted soldier who carries messages in the field from point to point. 
References / notes
- Various contributors (1914). The War Book-of-Facts. 2nd Edition. A.W. Shaw Company, London p.140.
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