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'File 1/44 Publicity Officer, Bahrain' [‎186r] (355/482)

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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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Dear Mr. Ranee,
th December 19U6.
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No 7^0
P.R.O. Bahrein Accounts through G. of I.
Treasury. 19U1/43.
Thank you very much for your D.0.C/il33 dated
7th October last, sending me a statement of my drawings on
M. of I. Account through the Bahrein Treasury, December 19I|.l
to October 1943- Will you be so good as to amplify one or
two items for me please.
(i) Is the list you have sent me a complete list of all
payments made during the period in question please? For
instance, M* of I. entertainment in Bahrein is not mentioned,
how much, if any, was brought to account specifically in
M. of I. accounts through you. Entertainment incurred on
tours was doubtless brought to account in my travelling claim,
but there is no mention in your list of Entertainment
incurred in Bahrein itself. Can you kindly elucidate.
Jassim Muhammed, who was my chief clerk at the time (he is
now I understand political representative on the Trucial
coast) would doubtless remember. Similarly "Advances" made
me when proceeding on official tours._ Paragraph 2 refers.
J —
2- M. of I. auditors who are winding up M. of I,
was accounts in London have lately raised a query on the
travelling_allowance paid at Bahrein for my tour"to Cairo
(dates include recess in North Africa), and return to
Bahrein, 20th July to 27th September 1943. The item which
appears in your statement of drawings 30/10/43 Rps.1086/10/8
refers. As you will be aware the practice of your Treasury
in Bahrein, vis-a-vis P.R.O.'s tours, was to make an advance
to me on the eve of my tour as a Personal Advance, and I
accounted for it as olilcial expenditure on return from the
tour in the form of travelling allowance claim. The Auditor
has brought to^jny notice that an advance is shewn to me on
the 18th July on the eve of the tour, of Rps.1000; that the
travelling claim of Rps.1086/10/8 claimed at the end of the
tour has in this particular instance not been shewn against
the advance, but as though it had been paid in cash to me in
addition to the advance. This, of course, could scarcely be
the case, as it is against normal practice, and your Treasurer
would have required me to account for the July advance before
making any fresh payment to me, but the fact is that the
auditor's book, presumably built up on the vouchers you would
send back through the Government of India, shews the double
charge: I shall be grateful therefore if you will check up
in your Bahrein accounts and confirm that, as was the
invariable practice, the travelling allowance must have been
offset against the Advance, or else the advance otherwise
accounted for. Some clerical omission somewhere would
account for it but you will appreciate that three years
after the event, serving in other jobs and countries, I
have no detailed records with me. Clearly when I drew the
next payment from the Treasurer in Bahrein he would have
drawn my attention to any outstanding advance unaccounted
tor; that there was none I am certain, when I left,
■ti.D.H.Ranee t Esq .

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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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