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Report on the Operations in the Vicinity of Shaiba 12th-14th April 1915. Simla: General Staff India, 1915. [‎4] (10/70)

The record is made up of 35 folios. It was created in 1915. It was written in English. 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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Colonel R. N. Gamble, D S. O., General Staff Officer^ 6th Division,
was Senior Officer to Major-General Meiliss, who speaks most warmly of the
services he rendered throughout the hard-fought and successful operations of
the 13th and i4th April. J would also add that his thorough knowledge of the
locality; of the troops, and of earlier operations has been of the greatest assis
tance to me.
Lieutenant-Colonel E. Cleeve, Royal Field Artillery. —This officer has
shown himself an exceptionally able Artillery Commander, who, until disabled
by a wound on the 14th April, handled his guns, not only to the admiration of
his own side, but also to that of the officer commanding the opposing artillery,
That Turkish officer, when taken prisoner, particularly requested that he might
be presented to the officer who had directed the fire of the British guns, as
( ur artillery fire, he said, had silenced the Turkish batteries in rapid succession
in a way that he would not have considered possible.
11. In addition 1 wish to mention the following who prominently came to my
notice, and who were not under the orders of either Major-General Fry or Major-
General Meiliss.
Major-General G. F. Gorringe, C. B., C. M. G , D. S. 0.—In addition
to the command of his own Division, he ably commanded the local defence
troops and also undertook the temporary organization of the Communicaiions
and Base. His experience of river expeditions rendered him most valuable in
arranging the despatch of troops and supplies across the lagoon between
Basrah and Shaiba.
Lieutenant-Colcnel R. P. Molesivorth, R. A., for some weeks commanded
the Euphrates Blockade FlotiHa. which, with the aid of the Royal Navy,
often under extremely arduous and hazardous conditions, did excellent service
in stopping the enemy's supplies and harassing his retreat. Lieutenant-
Colonel Molesworth has shown much enterprise and energy in these duties and
also in reconnaissance work which has been most valuable.
Captain C. A. Pogson, 1 ijth Mahrattas, has done very valuable intelli
gence work in connection with the Euphrates Blockade and showed much
enterprise and daring. He has probably undergone more continuous hardships
than any other individual in the force.
Lieutenant R, H. Deii?ng ) Royal Engineers. —On April 15th, the Euphrates
Blockade guns drove two " mahailas" (large country cargo boats) into the
r< eds. Lieutenant Dewing went in after them and destroyed them with ex
Lieutenant Commander A. G. Sevmour, R. N. {M. M. S. Espzegle) —
The guns and gun crews of the Royal Navy under this officer have contri
buted largely to the success of the Euphrates Blockade, while his advice on
Naval matters and constant support were most valuable to the Officer Com
Major {temperary Lieutenant-Colonel} L. H. Queripel, R. A., Deputy
Director of Army Signals, Head Quarters, has shown energy and capability
in meeting the sudden strain thrown on the signal service by the operations
round Shaiba.
Captain F, Booth, The King's Own {Royal Lancaster Regiment), No,
24 {Divisional Siyigat) Company,~W\s zeal and unremitting supervision
successfully disposed of the heavy traffic that was unceasing between 12th
and 16th April.
2' d-Lieutenat y McConville, The King's {Liverpool Regiment) No. 34
{Divis onal bxgnaL) Company, from 12th to i6th April never left his station day
or night, doing very valuable work.
No. 46, Serjeant A. Butcher, No. 34 [Divisional Signal Company), bet
ween 12th and i6ih constantly helped the Signallers in their work besides
directing traffic and supervising the repair of lines. His services were of the
greatest use.

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This file contains military despatches regarding the Battle of Shaiba that took place between British and Ottoman forces on 12-14 April 1915.

The file begins with an introductory letter from General Sir John Eccles Nixon, Commanding Force "D" to the Chief of General Staff, Simla (folios 4-6) that is followed by a report related to events of 11-12 April written by Major-General C. I. Fry (folios 8-10) and another report that concerns events of April 13-14 written by Major-General C. J. Melliss (folios 14-19).

The file contains a number of maps and sketches of the battlefield and surrounding area.

Extent and format
35 folios

The file contains an contents page (that uses the original printed pagination system) on folio 3.

Physical characteristics

A bound, printed volume. The file's foliation sequence commences at the front cover and terminates at the inside back cover; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. Please note that ff. 31-34 are housed within f. 35.

The volume also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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Report on the Operations in the Vicinity of Shaiba 12th-14th April 1915. Simla: General Staff India, 1915. [‎4] (10/70), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/MIL/17/15/95, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 16 September 2019]

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