So up pops this man - here is a short profile:
Dunsterville, Lionel Charles (1865- 1946)
British Military Commander, Dunsterville, A Russian speaking Indian Army Officer, was appointed at the end of 1917 to lead a composte force of Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand Troops charged with preventing a German-Turko invasion of India and establishing an indipendant Trans-Caucasia.
Supported by an attachment of armoured cars, Duntsterforce march 700 miles across Persia before being turned back by Russian revlountionary forces at Enzeli. A later attempt to occupy the important oil port of Baku had to be abandoned in the face of a superior Turkish force in September 1918, though the port was reoccupied at the Armistice. "Dunsterforce" achievements were a logistical miracle, but the force was too small (no more than 1000 men) to have any real or lasting effect, amounting to little more than an exciting adventure. Dunsterville was at school with Rudyard Kipling, for whom he provided the model of "Stalky".
I was lucky enough to find his diary for these dates printed here:
http://www.gwpda.org/Dunsterville/Dunst ... _1918.html
My question is this: Just who and where did the Australian and New Zealand soldiers come from to form this Dunsterforce? obviously troops stationed in the Middle East - were they taken from NZMR and Light Horse ranks?
Seems quite a hard case - a "Boys own Paper" tale no less.