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'Muscat Levy Corps' [‎43r] (98/292)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (135 folios). It was created in 30 Jan 1926-27 May 1931. It was written in English. 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 corps is at present entirely composed of Baluohis
recruited from various parts of the Sultanas dominion*
May I presume that you concur that this composition
should continue?-
Armament #
?♦ This is a somewhat technical question on which I
am not prepared to speak in detail* Captain Walker givet
his opinion in his attached letter • The Government of
India may possibly make objections to arming the force
with the modern short rifle. » On general principles,
having regard to the small size of the force - only 150
men - it is obvious that they should be armed as well as
Road making and Military training *
8* As Captain Walker explains in para 5 and 6 of his
letter the Levy has engaged in a great deal of road mak
ing* This work has been carried out at practically no
cost to the State and has had an excellent effect - political
and general* The fact that there is now a motor road
between Muscat, Muttra and Bait al Falaj is of course of
military importance with regard to the role of the
Levies as a protection for the first two places^ In
other words road making up to date, in addition to other
advantages, has assisted towards/original object of the
Further road making (^n excellent thing ift itself)
will presumably have to be considered from the same point
of view, and if it does not directly conduce towards
this object then the question will have to be considered
as to whether it interferes too much with military
training. This is really a question for the Commandant
to decide* Do you concur with the above general principles
as regards road making by the Corps?

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Correspondence discusses the Muscat Levy Corp: its organisation, composition, strength, budget and activities.

On termination of command it was customary for the Commanding Officer to submit a report on the Muscat Levy Corp and the following reports are included:

In response to requests in 1931 from S.E, Hedgcock, Financial Adviser, for financial savings in the Muscat Levy Corps, Captain Walker comments on the road building capacity of the Levy as it achieves this for the State without cost of additional expenditure. Correspondence discusses cuts in pay in the Muscat Levy to achieve financial savings given the financial situation of the Muscat state and the position of the Government of India. Data included is a comparison between the pay of the Muscat Infantry and that of the Customs Department.

Correspondents include Robert William George Stephens; Allan Robertson Walker, Commandants, Muscat Levy; Trenchard Craven Fowle, 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. , Muscat; Francis Beville Prideaux, 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. , 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. ; Foreign Secretary to the Government of India.

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1 volume (135 folios)

The papers are arranged chronologically from front to rear of file.

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Foliation: There is an incomplete foliation sequence and a complete foliation sequence. The complete sequence, which should be used for referencing, is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. It begins on the title page, on number 1, and ends on the last folio of writing, on number 135. Foliation errors: f.1 is followed by f.1A.

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