‘File 7/2 IV R.A.F. Landing Grounds & Anchorages’

IOR/R/15/2/266

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The record is made up of 1 volume (265 folios). It was created in 16 Dec 1935-18 Aug 1936. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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The volume’s correspondence and other papers relate to the construction of air facilities along the Arab coast of the Gulf, and as such is a continuation of volumes IOR/R/15/2/263-265. The principal correspondents in the volume are the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , Lieutenant-Colonel Trenchard Craven Fowle, the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Bahrain, Lieutenant-Colonel Percy Gordon Loch, and his deputy, Captain Tom Hickinbotham, Husain bin Hasan ‘Amad, in charge of the duties of the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Agent at Sharjah until May 1936, and his successor as Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Agent, Sayid ‘Abd al-Razzaq.

The volume’s correspondence deals with a number of proposals for facilities (including landing strips, wireless stations, accommodation, petrol stores, beacons), in particular an aerodrome at Kalba, but also extended aerodrome facilities at Sharjah, a renewal of the lease for the petrol storage facility at Ra’s al Khaymah, a seaplane anchorage for Imperial Airways in the lagoon at Umm al-Qaywayn, and a seaplane anchorage at Dubai creek. The correspondence chiefly concerns the negotiations between the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Agent and the various shaikhs of the region, on permission for the British to install facilities along the coast as part of the improved air route to India. Correspondence also documents arrangements for the survey of potential sites, and the construction of facilities. The proposal for a landing strip at Kalba occupies the largest proportion of the file; a result of the shaikh of Kalba’s initial resistance to the proposal, and questions over the extent of his independence from the authority of the shaikh of Sharjah, and British recognition of this independence.

Extent and format
1 volume (265 folios)
Arrangement

The volume is arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest items at the front of the volume to the latest at the rear. Some items in the volume are marked with red or blue crayon numbers (for incoming or outgoing items respectively). This numbering system constitutes part of the original filing arrangement, and is referred to in the office notes at the end of the file (folios 250-63).

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Foliation: The volume is foliated from the front cover to the inside back cover, using pencil numbers in the top-right corner of each recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. . The following anomalies occur in the main foliation system: 1a-1e, 226A, 226B. Folio 150 is missing, folio 230 is bound out of order. The following folios are fold-outs: 2, 8, 18, 19, 26, 100, 109, 110, 170.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
Type
Archival file

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British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers
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Archive reference
IOR/R/15/2/266
Former external reference(s)
Confidential Files: 7/2 IV

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16 Dec 1935-18 Aug 1936 (CE, Gregorian)

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