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R.F.G. Johnston

Reminiscences of India, 1915-46:

Enlistment with 21st Punjabis C Battalion (Orakzais and Sikhs) Taule-Khajuri Kach fort (p.5) – skirmishing in South Waziristan 1917. Mahsuds – Shabkadar Fort (p.12) – Mohmand Militia – 1919 war with Amanullah – Bara Fort: raids. N. Waziristan and Murram – South Waziristan Scouts – Wana and the Mahsuds 1920; fleas and ticks – South Africa – I.C.S. – Cawnpore as Assistant Magistrate and City Magistrate – interpretation of sections of the Penal Code – various cases. Indian magistrates (p.24); police – revenue work; assessments; Bengal – U.P. 30 year settlements – village structure – zamindars’ share – moneylenders (Banias) – the Patwari – village records – revenue litigation; partitions – mutations – pleaders – Bhognipur subdivision – Peshbandi (p.35) – touring – local inspections – river storage dams – Upper Ganges Canal – hydro-power – Dayalbagh – locusts – Bengal famine – Basti – Congress C.D. movement – Bulandshahr (p.48) – water lifts – film-making (p.52) – economics of sanitation – (p.60) agitation in Bengal ?

Carhwal administration – forests – hill-cattle – pilgrim road to Badrinath – source of the Ganges – Bengal, Burdwan – Sarda Act – Bengal & U.P. – touring – floods – Damodar dam (p.75) – Asansol – Rajshahi – Darjeeling – Hydro-electric plant – water – outbreak of war – Muttra – A.R.P. – Jhansi (p.86) – rubber – Wingate’s Chindits – supply procurement – Commissioner, Jhansi – Commissioner, Agra post-war troubles – retirement 1946.

TS autobiography: ‘One man’s life.’ 304 pp. 2 appendices.

Childhood and school; journey to India, training at Quetta with 21st Punjabis; Waziristan field force; frontier militias; Mohmand militia; Parachinar, the Afghan war 1919; break up and reform; Cawnpore; subdivisional charge; Lalitpur; Basti marriage 1931; Azamgarh; Bulandshahr; Meerut; Garhwal; Bengal; Burdwan; Rajshahi; Darjeeling; Muttra, U.P.; Jhansi, Commissioner; Agra, Commissioner; England.

Appendix I. Pushtu song.

Appendix II. The self-contained village.