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'File 1/44 Publicity Officer, Bahrain' [‎123r] (229/482)

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The record is made up of 1 file (240 folios). It was created in 14 Mar 1940-24 Jul 1949. 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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Office of the Accountant General,
Central Revenues,
0055-165-577. New Delhi.
No- dated the
The Accountant General,
Central Revenues,
Bertram Thomas, Eeqr.,
PJublic Relations Officer,
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. ,
With reference to your letter No.82 dated the 1st
April 1942 and in continuation of this office letter Ko.
cio,"£•£g. the ^th April 1942* I have the honour
to authorise you to draw £ 60/- p # m. (Pounds fifty) only
from 6th December 1941 to 30th April 1942 - less amount
already drawn. Authority issued in your favour as per
this office letter No.OC66-166-8181 dated the 13th April
1942 and since modified as per this office letter N0.QC66-
166-8391, dated the 21st March 1942 may kindly be treated
as cancelled.
2 # The Ministry of Information has since increased the
local allowance payable to you from £ 60/- to £ 76/-
with effect from the end of April 1942. You are, therefore
hereby authorised to draw the local allowance @ £ 76/- p.m
(Pounds seventy five) only from 1st May 1942 - less amount
alread|y drawn if any.
( B#Roy chow dhury ) ,

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The file relates to the appointment and service of holders of the post of Publicity Officer 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. , Bahrain (from 1942 known as Public Relations Officer 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. , Bahrain), including Bertram Sidney Thomas (served December 1941 to October 1943).

The papers, which include correspondence, telegrams, memoranda, charge certificates (recording the handing-over of duties between officers), notifications, last pay certificates, letter of guarantee for a bill of lading; and other forms and certificates, cover the following topics: travel arrangements; correspondence concerning charge certificates and last pay certificates; appointment and transfer; pay and allowances; advances of pay; attendance at a conference of Publicity Officers in Cairo, Egypt, May 1940; transport of personal effects; recovery of sum paid to servants at Bushire, July 1940; Government of India confirmation of the continuance of the post of Publicity Officer for the duration of the War, August 1940; certificate confirming that the holder was a Government Servant; leave and leave salary; payment of Indian Income Tax; bill from merchant in Bahrain, December 1941; bill for transmitter hire, July 1946; and correspondence between Bertram Thomas and the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. , Bahrain concerning the accounts of his service as Public Relations Officer, Bahrain, December 1946 to January 1947.

The Arabic language content of this file consists of the bilingual letterhead of a Bahrain merchant.

The correspondence (the main body of papers in the file) is dated 14 March 1940 to 11 July 1949. The closing date in the overall date range is provided by an entry in the notes at the rear of the file.

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1 file (240 folios)

The papers are arranged in chronological order from the front to the rear of the file. Circled serial numbers (red for received correspondence; blue/black for issued correspondence) refer to entries in the notes at the rear of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation system in use commences at 1 on the front cover, and continues through to 249 on the last folio before the back cover. The sequence is written in pencil, often underlined, and appears in the top right hand corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. page of each folio. Foliation anomalies: ff. 1, 1A; ff. 24, 24A; ff. 46, 46A; ff. 88, 88A; ff. 153, 153D. The following numbers are omitted from the sequence: 12, 14, 16, 49, 51-59. The following pagination ranges occur: 179-180, 186-187.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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