The 92nd Gordon Highlanders couldn’t help noticing what appeared to be a white man in Afghan costume sitting on a camel and cheering them as they marched through the town of Chiznee in 1880 on their back to India. Some soldiers thought he was an Afghan with some skin disease that made him look like a European but others decided to take him to see an officer. The only English words the man could utter was the name “Johnny Dawson”. The son of a Black Watch soldier called John Dawson had vanished in India 18 years earlier. Based on this slight evidence, the Gordons concluded they had found the missing child – now a Muslim with five wives. It was discovered that the Dawson family was living in Australia and the Gordons decided to re-unite the missing boy with them. The young man was brought along with the Gordons on their march through Afghanistan back to India. But just before the regiment crossed the frontier back into India the man bolted and presumably returned to Chiznee.

Next Week - Hot Head

Go to top