1916 – November 1

My lucky month of birth and marriage. Nothing doing except on the right of the line, where the Guides exchange shots with about 50 of the enemy at long range. There are probably about 500 of them gathered there, but not ready to attack. The position is really impregnable. It overlooks the right bank of the Swat river and is very picturesque. I chose sites for 3 picquets here over the frontier in the Burhan Khel country and they are naturally mad about it and swear revenge. The line had to go forward there to protect the weir in the river below.

1916 – October 27

First day of building front line picquets [pickets]. They run on a line half a mile apart. Motored to Michni fort, 8 a.m. Thence rode to bank of Cabul River and so across country to bank of Swat River which we reached at 4 p.m., 35 posts to visit, work very interesting. No enemy in sight.