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‘File 7/2 VI Landing grounds and seaplane anchorages’ [‎14r] (42/618)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (298 folios). It was created in 5 Aug 1937-30 Apr 1942. 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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he would fly to Qatar and would ask us for a letter
of good offices to the Shaikh of Qatar. He further
adaed that the Adviser had agreed to their entry into
Bahrain. As a matter of fact he had already mentioned
to me on the previous day about the letter of good offi
ces and I had consulted Dr. Holmes about it and he had
agreed to the Air Liaison Officers request. The Air
Liaison Officer further told me that he would ring me
up when the planes came and I should arrange for the
letter.
4. I was waiting all the afternoon for his message.
But I got none. On 6th August 1937 he came to the Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company.
again at 8 A.M. asking for the letter. I had gone to
Dr. Holmes and when I came back I came to know that
the Air Liaison Officer had been here. I at once had
the letter prepared and sent to the aerodrome at Muharraq
at the hands of Jassim and it reached him-just in time.
I did not sign the letter but preferred to have it signed
by the Air Liaison Officer as Jassim had told me that
the 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. had authorised him to sign letters
of good offices in P.A's behalf.
5. At 6.30 p.m. when I was ready to go to Rufa I
thought it better to make enquiries whether any news
had been received of 5 the Air Liaison Officer T s return
with the injured. Luckily I was informed that the Air
Liaison Officer had come back at about 6 p.m. with one
injured who was admitted to Victoria Memorial Hospital.
6. I dashed to the Hospital, found the man lying
in a bed with his hands and legs dressed up and talking
all right. I had a pleasant,encouraging talk with him
welcoming him to Bahrain^and took his leave. Dr-Holmes
whom I very badly wanted to see was not in the Hospital.
But I gave strict instructions to the dresser Faraj
(wh6/-

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The volume’s letters, telegrams and other papers relate to the installation, maintenance and extension of British air facilities along the Arab coast of the Gulf. The principle correspondents in the file are the 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. , the 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. at Bahrain, the Political Officer on the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. , and representatives of the Royal Air Force [RAF] and Imperial Airways (referred to after 1939 as the British Overseas Airways Corporation [BOAC]).

Correspondence in the first part of the volume (folios 1e-50) concerns a fire at the RAF petrol store at Doha in August 1937, resulting in serious burns to a number of men. Some of this correspondence also refers to an injury to Nasr bin Jassim [Nasr bin Jāsim Āl Thānī], brother of Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, the ruler of Qatar, suffered while riding his horse during a parade prior to travelling to Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. to fight against the Bahraini forces. Agreement was reached between British Government officials and the Adviser to the Bahrain Government, Charles Belgrave, for Nasr bin Jāsim to travel to Bahrain for medical attention.

Most of the later correspondence in the volume is dated to the Second World War, and relates to the creation of new or improved RAF facilities in the Gulf in early 1942. These included extended facilities, capable of accommodating bomber squadrons, at Bahrain and Sharjah, and new facilities at Dubai (folio 131). Correspondence also records the arrangements made with the Bahrain hospital and American Missionary hospital in Bahrain, to accommodate RAF patients as required.

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1 volume (298 folios)
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The contents of the volume are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest items at the front of the volume to the latest at the rear. There is a set of office notes at the end of the volume (folios 266-97) which mirror the chronological arrangement.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: The volume is foliated from the front cover to the inside back cover, using pencil numbers in the top-right corner of each recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. . This foliation system has been adapted from an earlier pagination system. The following foliation anomalies occur: ff. 1a-1e, 34a, 34b, 84a, 85b, 139a, 139b, 193a, 193b. The following folios are missing, as a result of the volume’s original pagination system: ff. 106, 212, 231. The following folios are fold-outs: ff. 47, 48, 65, 93, 104, 138, 173, 174, 179, 211, 230, 268, 277, 278, 280, 282, 287.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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