No signs of the Mohmands, marched all round the Frontier and to-day marched to Camp Tagoman on the Bara river, 11 miles from Peshawar.
Returned to Subhan Khwar camp and took Daisie out with me to look round.
We have had a delightful time with a nice clean empty Murree looking quite beautiful – feeling much fitter but far from strong yet, after all that Diarrhoea and fever and my tummy not right yet. Susanna has been a great delight and she and I have had long walks alone over the hills – she gets along very well though she is such a tiny mite. The weather has been glorious and we have all been very happy – much too happy for these horrible times of war.
Arrived Forest Dell, Murree, Miss Key, where Susanna was born – 11. a.m. such joy to see Susanna, such a dear and looking so well – though thin.
Left Peshawar 11 p.m.
Motored into Peshawar in Davies’ motor (Davies of the Guides left in command).
Rode over to Shabkadr to talk over the battle with General Campbell commanding the Division. Spots on my face. To my surprise he said “You must take 15 days leave” – so I readily agreed on sick leave and I do want it.
Another battle with the Mohmands. My lot in the middle on the same ground as before, but I put the Kings in the centre – on the right the 4th Brigade under Christian, the 3rd Brigade on my left under General Woodyatt*. Finished and withdrew at 4 p.m. arriving in camp at 5.0. The enemy were very half-hearted and didn’t follow up much. I had only 8 casualties and the whole Force only 3 officers wounded and 60 men knocked over. We had an awful lot of artillery, 30 guns, howitzers, field and mountain and it was mostly an artillery show. The Guides had rather a hot time on the left. I asked the third Brigade to advance there to cover my left, but I never asked them to wheel. Woodyatt stupidly wheeled them and that brought their left, the Guides, with their left shoulders up against the enemy’s trenches. Battye of the Guides** was shot through the groin, but doing well.
Returned to camp. Bad diarrhoea all the time.