By Dorothy Anderson
Starting his occupation as a British general practitioner significant in Afghanistan, George Scott Robertson discovered himself protecting Chitral fortress in 1895 opposed to a besieging strength of millions of tribesmen. He was once celebrated as a hero, yet this was once just one bankruptcy in what was once a unprecedented existence. traveling in India, Canada and Kafiristan, he took half in several army expeditions at the Frontier, wrote a popular ethnography, 'The Kafirs of the Hindu Kush', and in later lifestyles grew to become a vociferous MP representing critical Bradford, whos radical Liberal perspectives either happy and surprised his components. Elegantly written and good researched from fabrics supplied via the Robertson kin, 'An not going Hero: George Scott Robertson' is the tale of an adventurer, ethnographer, soldier, physician, businessman and flesh presser, on the way to be of curiosity to any scholar of the interval.
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257–63: this offers an account of the legitimate manoeuvrings in terms of Chitral and Chilas, with footnotes offering particular references to records. bankruptcy eight Chitral, Mastuj, Gilgit: 1893 It used to be respectable: as asked via Nizam-ul-Mulk, representatives of the Indian govt could make a trip to Chitral. this could be the formal acknowledgement of the hot Mehtar, to be through discussions when it comes to the volume of help which the govt. was once ready to supply, an issue of subsidies in go back for a degree of tasks; there has been additionally the potential of putting a British officer in place of abode in Chitral city. It used to be to be a longer stopover at which might ensue at once, in January 1893, so one can cost to any extent further uprisings alongside the frontier and into Chitral. The social gathering which set out from Gilgit incorporated 4 British officials, with an escort of 50 Sikhs. Its measurement used to be a sign that this used to be a trip extra serious than the sooner ones which Durand and Robertson had made; and that during the few months because the dying of Aman-ul-Mulk every little thing alongside the frontier had develop into extra dangerous. within the celebration have been to be political officials, Robertson with Captain Younghusband, recalled from his submit at Hunza-Nagar, as his assistant, Lieutenant J. L. R. Gordon commanding the escort, and Lieutenant Charles Bruce, whose position, more often than not pointed out as ‘military officer’, was once extensive ranging, as he was once recognized to be an invaluable guy, able to tackle any job. With the celebration used to be additionally an skilled ‘native attache’, Abdul Hakim, to behave as diplomat, interpreter of phrases, attitudes, and attainable outcomes. It was once additionally a sign of the significance hooked up to this stopover at that it was once to be undertaken instantly, within the peak of iciness, and that of the celebration, Robertson and Bruce, on their long ago from Chilas through Bunji didn't achieve Gilgit until eventually mid December, 1892. Early in January Lieutenant Gordon with the Sikhs set out from Gilgit. Robertson and Bruce, scarcely recovered from their Indus adventures and the adventure again, not on time for 3 days to relaxation, Robertson to rearrange information and speak about attainable contingencies with Durand, and Bruce to deal with sensible arrangements for a mid-winter trip. Younghusband and Abdul Hakim joined them. 1 the adventure to Chitral used to be constantly tough, the extremes of ascending and descending, and now extra so, with the extremes of chilly and snow, vacationing via a rustic in turmoil, the folks below passionate about their new Mehtar, cautious of the British intervention which he had invited. For the 1st marches, it used to be attainable after they halted to resort the troops in village homes. yet then there has been the vacancy, not more villages, and so they stumbled on that their arrangements were too rushed and there have been now not adequate tents; lean-tos needed to be erected for troops and fans, and safeguard discovered for the mules and horses. The Sikhs, of their specific garments clothes, lengthy sheepskin coats, thick sheepskin boots (but the boots weren't water-proof), suffered relatively, marching via snow not less than a foot deep, with the additional actual initiatives of extracting the animals from drifts and saving their rather a lot.