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‘File 7/2 VI Landing grounds and seaplane anchorages’ [‎220r] (460/618)

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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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CONFIDENTIAL
No.C/ 351
The Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ,
Bahrain, the 22nd March 1942
To
Air Headquarters,
Royal Air Force,
Habbaniyeh, Iraq
Memorandum
Reference my Express Letter No.C/305 dated the
A'
13th March 1942 to 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. in the Persian
Gulf, a copy of which has been forwarded to you by that
2. I enclose in triplicate copies of schemes for
Royal Air Force hospitalisation in Bahrain, prepared by
the Medical Department of the Bahrain Grovernment and by
the American Mission, Bahrain.
3. In forwarding these schemes to me, the Adviser,
Bahrain Government, has made the following comments in
regard to the Bahrain Government scheme
w We could now provide 2 beds for officers and
9 beds for other ranks but f or the 9 bed ward it would
be necessary to make certain alterations to the
existing sanitary arrangements which are not suited
to Europeans. It would also be necessary to build
a separate kitchen and sterilising room. All this
could be done but if it is going to be necessary
we would like as long notice as possible.
To provide an additional 12 beds another ward
would have to be added to the hospital with lava
tories etc. attached. It would be possible to do
this work if some of the building material was
obtained through the Royal Air Force. At present
there are no steel beams, sanitary fittings, pipes
or cememt available in Bahrain nor have we any
spare electric fans."
4. I am to emphasise that the Bahrain Government
scheme has been prepared without authorisation from
His Highness the Shaikh. If therefore the Royal Air
Force desire to make use of the Bahrain Government's
officer
/ medical

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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.

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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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