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'Muscat Levy Corps' [‎57r] (126/292)

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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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Ho decrease in the strength o f tlie Levy ^
7. It will be noticed, a most important point, that no
decrease in the number of the Levies is contemplated, a
point I laid stress upon in my letter No.98-C of 24th
November 1930 para 5, and with which you concurred, (vide
your letter to Government K0.83-T of 27th November 1930
para 6). It is only a decrease in pay which is proposed®
This is, however, in itself a serious enough step: a
decrease in the pay of armed forces always is 0 The present
risks are indicated by Captain Walker in para 6 of his
letter, as already noted. I agree with Captain Salter in
his opposition to the proposals contained in paras 7(a) and
8(b) of Mr. Hedgcock's lottoy i.e e a cut of 30^ or
disbandment. But in view of the very serious financial
condition of the State, and of the arguments put forward by
Mr. Hedgeock, alluded to in paras 2 and 3 above, I am of
opinion that the cuts agreed to by Captain Walker should be
put into force. As Captain Walker is strongly in favour of
a four platoon organization (para 3 of his letter) I consider
that it should be retainedo
8e. It will also be noticed that Mr. Hedgcock is providing
funds for the first step towards re-armament of the Corps,
which - as Captain Walker points out (vide para 6 of his
letter) - has been delayed for some 5 years»
Date for the commencement of the out .
9. The date when these cuts, if approved of by Higher
Authority, should be put into force remains to be decided.
Mr. Hedgcock suggests from 1st of March i^e* as affecting
pay for March (para 10 of his Note),, Captain Walker
concurs (para 7 of his letter). The latter 1 s proposals
regarding opening of the leave season in march and giving
2 weeks extra leave (para 7 ) seem excellent and have my
support. It will be noticed that there is not much time to
obtain the sanction of Government to the reduction in pay
proposed ( on the supposition that Government's sanction

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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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