Dilawur Khan, 1865

Dilawur Khan (the man seated in the middle with a rifle) was a well known bandit and a thorn in Lumsden's side. He was persuaded to come to an 'interview' with Lumsden who asked him to join the Guides. At first he laughed it off but some days later changed his mind. He accepted to join as long as he didn't have to do the slow-march. He rose to the rank of Subadar. In 1869 he was sent on an undercover mission and was imprisoned by the Mehtar of Chitral who knew who he was. Eventually he was released but died of exposure in the snow on the road home.

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