Upon his return to France he is asked to volunteer for a secret mission and it is not long before he returns to
England and with other officers from his 3rd Division, gathered at the as a chosen
member of a “hush –hush” expedition. Tower
With the collapse of the Russian front in the
as the Bolsheviks returned home to support the Revolution in October 1917, the
area was left in turmoil and open to an advance by the Turkish and German
forces. It was vital that they could not access, not only the ports for supply
of oil, but also to open a supply route through Central Asia via Afghanistan to the rich natural resources of . India
In order to avoid this strategic catastrophe Major General Lionel Dunsterville formed a force specifically from the Dominion troops, whose characteristicss he admired. Commanders such as the Australian General Birdwood were asked to supply “good officers, with strong characters, adventurous spirit, especially good stamina, capable of organising, training and eventually leading irregular troops.” Brigade commanders were asked to suggest names of NCOs who showed strong leadership attributes who had already proven themselves in the field. Consequently Lieutenant Fraser became a Temporary Captain in the British Imperial Army.
Arriving first in Mesopotamia at Basra and then proceeding to Baghdad in March 1918, then on to Hamadan and Baku where he remained in the “Dunsterforce”, (basically carrying out the same type of training our special forces are involved in today,) until the end of the year. He was specially mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s despatch in April 1918. When it was disbanded he became a member of the NORPER Force – Irregular Northern Persian Force. These soldiers were never certain whether they were dealing with friend of foe and were consequently were always on guard throughout their time in the area.
After returning to
Cairo he left from Suez
to return home per the “ Lancashire”on 19th
February 1919 to a family he hardly knew.