Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Mallam’s memoir covers his career - both as a soldier in the Indian Army (2nd Bengal Lancers) and as a political officer on the North-West Frontier. He established a great rapport with the many tribes of the North-West Frontier, especially the Pathan people, with whom he shared a lasting mutual respect. His career also encompassed his roles as a Barrister, District Judge and Chief Secretary to the Governor of the province.
Leslie Mallam retired from service just after the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 and returned to England and joined the Church, serving as vicar in the parish of Eckington in the Diocese of Worcester.
In a career spanning nearly three decades in the Indian Political Service, Leslie Mallam developed a special intrest and love of the North-West Frontier and its people. As Britain prepared to relinquish its authority, Mallam led a large team of Indian Civil Servants who wrote a ‘Frontier Development Plan’ which regrettably was never implemented. Its structure and recommendations might well have changed the course of history in the area which we know to the Afghan-Pakistan border region.