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‘File 7/2 VI Landing grounds and seaplane anchorages’ [‎15r] (44/618)

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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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who had accompanied the Air Liaison Officer to Qatar and
had come back with him) as well as_/the Compounder to look
thoroughly well after the man so that he should go back to
his place with pleasant associations about us.
7. My next move was that I came to the Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. and rang
up the Air Liaison Officer to get further news from him.
Of course,dresser Faraj had given me a brief version of
their adventure before.
8. The Air Liaison Officer, without my asking him for
the news, related to me the whole story on the telephone ^
(i) He had brought one man, namely, Abdullah Darv/ish,
in the plane.
(ii) The other two were seriously injured and could not
be brought in the plane. The condition of one of
the two was precarious and it was doubtful if he
would survive.
(iii) He had arranged with Mr.Lermitte to send Petroleum
Concessions Limited*s launch to bring the two in
jured. The launch would meet them at Ras Laffan
where he had instructed them to come from Doha and
wait for the launch.
(iv) He had a letter from the Shaikh of Qatar, in reply
to ours which we had given to the Air Liaison Offi
cer, asking us to arrange for the medical treatment
of his brother Nasir bin Qasim.
(v) The Shaikh's letter was given by the Air Liaison
Officer to Jassim for delivery to me.
(vi) He asked me to come to his house and said that he
would arrange to gt the letter back i from Jassim and
hand it over to me.
9.. I went to the Air Liaison Officer's house. I opened
the letter. The Shaikh had thanked us and the Air Liaison
Officer for the arrangements made for bringing his men. He
also had asked us either to send a doctor to treat his brother
Nasir bin Qasim who had a fall from an animal (on enquiry it
was found that he had a fall from a horse in one of the native
races) or to bring him to Bahrain.
10. The Air Liaison Officer told me that Dr.Holmes, whom
he had already seen about it, was not willing to go. As for

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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)

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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