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Patrolling the North West Frontier (3)



Having patrolled up the Khyber Pass on 11 April 1916 to Landi Kotal Fort, 22nd Battery Motor Machine Gun Service returned to Peshawar the same day, a distance of 75 miles. Sgt Fielder commented in a letter to the Motor Cycle magazine, "The road was very dangerous, being twisty and right at the edge of the cliffs. On the 12th we were inspected by the Chief Commissioner, who was very satisfied with our work. On the 13th we went to Chubcudda [I cannot determine where this might be - can anyone help?] for field firing (this was where a big ‘scrap’ took place last August), returning afterwards to Peshawar; distance fifty miles. The 14th (day of rest) was spent overhauling the machines. On the 15th we were inspected by the General in Command before leaving for Kohat; distance forty miles." 



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Now 104 years ago since this familiarisation patrol was taking place. Recently amongst my Grandfather's papers I have discovered a typed itinerary of the patrol - copies attached, which looks as if it could have formed the basis of Fielder's letter to the Motor Cycle Magazine. The provenance of the itinerary is unknown beyond it being with my Grandfather's letters - but I do know it wasn't typed by my grandfather.



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