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'Muscat Levy Corps' [‎48r] (108/292)

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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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(G-) Upkeep of Horses 01
Ruling Family,
(H) Futore Role
(I) Transport
At present shown as
a "non -military" expend!tiue
oy tne jjevy •
Should not be attached
or "be liable to be confsed
with the Military budget or
Formed into a Pioneer
unit. This would allow for a
definite military training
from end of liov. thexxce
could Idc employed and trained
in road and "bridge making or
any other work of a major kind
required for the State T s
"benefit. If armed as iii(A)
could give a good account of
itself in times of trouble,
would maintain prestige,
esprit de corps and self
respect. Deprecate descending
to status of small Laoour Corps.
Would involve no extra
expenditure as the corps has
always "been self contained.
At present one IJIorris
Commercial 23 ewt. type.
Add one 30 cwt lorry of same
make(approx.cost Kuscat
Rs 340C}. necessary for supply
when working over twenty miles
from "base, 4 horses fox- oxiicers
as at present and twelve camels
for M.G-. S.A.A. water etc. Camels
owned "by state could be use a wneu.
required and for training.
I consider that all the above could "be carried out at
an annual expenditure of Rs 1 ^4000 per annum for five
years. The lines will not last a further four years,
nor will ttie armament or ammunition. If not gradually
replaced will necessitate a sudden heavy expenditure.
'without this "being done the Levy might be able
to carry on until the crash comes on Rs 142000.
The attaciied table of Budget estimates and ex
penditures will show the large retrenchments made.recently,
Endeavours to carry out the smallest scheme or
re-armament have been waived in response to requests
from the treasury.
The time, has come when any farther cheeseparing
or even the maintaining of the present low level or
expenditure constitutes a false economy.
Commandant Muscat Jjevy.

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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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