1915 – August 25

Well we’re well through the worst of the hot weather now, but still no rain. The Bunerwals seem to have dispersed and the big gathering of Swatis towards the Malakand is breaking up – things look a little quieter. On the table we still have Dianthus and Verbena – wonderful how they last through this heat.

1915 – August 19

Still no rain and the country is quite parched. But the great heat has gone and we are having a beautiful cool spell. The heat will come back again, but will never be as fierce as it was before. The Bunerwals swarmed down onto Rustam* two days ago, about 4000, but the Guides were waiting for them and I think they must have suffered severely. The Guides only lost 1 Officer and 1 N.C.O. killed and 2 wounded. The Mohmands, who are my particular lot, seem quiet just now and the news of the Buner failure will probably put them off.

* Unable to ascertain where this is