A contemporary description of Kolchak, the man and his mannerisms, is provided by Colonel John Ward’s observations of the Admiral at an Omsk banquet:

But as my liaison officer was repeating the names of those present a smart little energetic figure entered the room. With eagle eyes he took in the whole scene at a glance. The other officers had bowed gracefully to all their friends and gallantly kissed the ladies’ hands, while around them buzzed the conversation. For an instant the buzz ceased, during which the brown figure with the dark, clear cut face shook hands with an officer friend and departed. The impression on my mind was that I had seen a small, vagrant, lonely, troubled soul without a friend enter unbidden to a feast.