Frontiersman and the diplomat
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Irishmen played significant, indeed vital, roles in implementing government policy on the frontier and in relation to Afghanistan. Early in 1901 three experienced civil servants were appointed to work out the details of the boundaries of the new north-west frontier provinces (NWFP). Michael O'Dwyer states in his autobiography that they strove to retain or attract some of the pick of the younger officers of the Punjab Commission and largely succeeded. Lord Curzon's scheme for the NWFP worked reasonably well up to and including the First World War, although not so well as he was won't to trumpet. In his official report dated 15 April 1905, Louis William Dane says that the Amir had given verbal assurances in regard to the demarcation of a particular section of the frontier. In May 1908 Dane was made lieut.-governor of Punjab.

Servants of the empire

The Irish in Punjab, 1881–1921

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