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'File W/4 Hostilities in Persia: Tangistan Blockade; Confiscation of Tea for Tangistan' [‎10r] (19/411)

The record is made up of 1 file (203 folios). It was created in 28 Jul 1915-30 Jul 1918. It was written in English, French, Arabic and Persian. 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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independent enquiries which I instituted in Doha and A1 Bid
i am inclined to believe his version of the affair.
4. We then proceeded to discuss the question of the
Turkish irort. Shaikh Abdulla infomed me that there were
two Officers and forty men with two fiild guns and one
mountain gun in the Fort. Entrenchments could be seen round
the Fort, the e: placement of the mountain gun could be
easily distinguished, and also two objects which we took
to be the emplacements of the two field guns. All of these
in the entrenched line.
I requested Shaikh Abdullahjto place the following al
ternatives before the Turkish Commandant
(a) That he should surrender, when the Officers would be
allowed to retain their swords and be treated as indicated
in your letter sent bp Abdul Jubbar Effendi.
(b) That he should vacate the fort leaving the gunlintact
in which case I would hand the Fort over to Shaikh Abdullah,
on the latters agreeing to look after the Turks, I insisted
on an answer by 7 a .m. the next nornine and Shaikh Abdullah
eventually agreed to settle the natter during the night,
though he was very anxious to be given ten days for the
negotiations.
I promised him 5.000/- if he arranged the surrender of
him
the Fort without a hitch and gave to understand that if he
failed the Fort could be taken by H.M's Ships. I may add
that the Shaikh was under the impression that "Dalhousie"
was a transport.
5. On the morning of the 20th I landed with Commander
Viscount Kelburn. On learning from Shaikh Abdullah that
the Turks had fled in the night we proceeded to the Fort
which was first occupied by a landing party and searched,
and then f o™a41y handed over to Shaikh Abdullah.
Besides the three guns in the trenches there were 14
rifles, about 8,000 rounds of ammunition, 500 projectiles,
some casks of black powder, tents, great coats and odds
and ends of stores in the Fort. Three old muzzle loaders
had

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This file contains correspondence between the British 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 and the British 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. at Bushire, as well as Sheikh ‘Isā bin ‘Alī Āl Khalifah, ruler of Bahrain, and Sheikh Qāsim bin Mahzā’, Qāḍī of Bahrain.

The correspondence concerns the anti-British revolt of the Tangsiri and Qashqai tribes, headed by Ra’īs ‘Alī Dalvārī under the influence of Wilhelm Wassmuss, and the aftermath of their attack on the British Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. at Bushire on 12 July 1915. Included within the correspondence are: letters concerning the occupation of the town of Bushire, British counter-raids and the death of Ra’īs ‘Alī Delvārī; the imposition of a blockade on Tangsiri boats operating 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. ; statements and customs papers (Acquit de Sortie and Permis de Cabotage) from various Bahraini and Persian nākhudā s (dhow boat captains) gathered by 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. ; the arrest and detention of Yūsuf Fakhrū on suspicion of political dealings with Germany; attacks against British diplomatic missions and residents in Persia, including Shiraz and Isfahan; and information concerning German activities in Persia during the First World War.

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Foliation: Foliation is written in pencil, in the top right corner of each folio. It begins with the first item of correspondence, on number 2, and runs through to 201, ending on the inside of the back cover of the volume.

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