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'Muscat Levy Corps' [‎52r] (116/292)

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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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opinion, render It entirely ueelese ae a fighting unit and
would not be a real econon^y* The overhead charges would regain
the same end the loss of the efficiency of the Corps would be
disproportionate to the financial saving. In an emergency
the Corps could now send a hundred aen away for 2 or 3 weeks
to deal with any trouble that arose. I agree there!ore with
the view that the Corps should now be maintained the
strength of one British Oificer, 3 Indian officers and 150
rank and file, and J also agree th&t its composition should
remain as at present, of Baluchis. here is no ditficulty
in obtaining Baluchi recruits since the pay is good* though
it must be borne in mind that the service is non-pensionable.
Arabs are not willing to enlist and it is desirable to have a
force that is nut in sympathy with any Arab element.
ff % regards the armament of the Corps, Captain Walker
proposes that it should be rearmed with modern short rifles
at the rate of 20 to 30 annually and should ©Iso be provided
with 2 Vickers and ^ Lewie guns. I presurae the Government of
India would hi^ve no objection to this gradual reerming. in
view of the smallnees of its numbers it is essenti&l th^t If
the Corps is to be of any value it should be provided with
modern and up to date arms* The Cosmiandant. has further re
commended thet the Corps should be regarded as a pioneer unit.
To the oonstruction* of roads throughout Muscat territory X
attach much importance. They should add considerably to the
influence of the state in the outlying portion© of its
territory and should have a valuable civilising and pacifying
effect# At the tame time I do not think the military
efficiency of the Corps should be altogether sacrificed to
roadwsskingi It is a matter in which the balance will have
to ...

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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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