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'File W/4 Hostilities in Persia: Tangistan Blockade; Confiscation of Tea for Tangistan' [‎26r] (49/411)

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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No, 1440, dated Rushire, the 9th (received 16th) August 1915.
From— M ajor A. P. T hevob, C .I .E., OfReer on Special Duty 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.
Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. , Bushiie (in the absence of the Resident),
To—The Foreign Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Simla.
In continuation and amplification of ray telegram, 398 C., dated 8th
August ]915, I have the honour to report, for the information of the Govern
ment of India, that the occupation of iiushire town was successfully carried
out at daylight yesterday by the 11th Rajputs under the command of Lieuten
ant-Colonel D. G. Stuart The arrangements were made by the Officer
Commanding Tooops, Bushire, Lieutenant-Colonel li. P. Lane, after consulta
tion with the Senior Naval Odicer and myself. The 11th Rajputs marched
off from Bushire at 3-15 a.m ., and reached the south end of the town at 5 a m.
Here the regiment divided and parties were sent to the Customs, Governor's
house, barracks and Gendarmerie barracks. All these points were occupied
without opposition. There was a slight hitch in the Gendarmerie barracks, as
the officer begged for permission to go and get the Governor's orders. He
arrived at the Governor's house when I was there, interviewing His Excellency
about the occupation of Bushire, so I arranged with the Governor that he
should tell the officer to vacate at once and leave for Borasjun with his men
as had been suggested to him.
The officer duly received those instructions and, after his return to town,
vacated the barracks and marched otf with his men to JVlugam, on the Shiraz
road at the Alashileh. There he picked up the men, who had been in the
Tower at Mugam and who had been turned 9ut of the Tower at daylight by
the Officer Commanding outposts, and the whole party left for Borasjun.
When the party which occupied the Governor's house was searching the
place, 148 rifles (Mausers, Martinis, Ross, &c,) were found and 102 boxes of
ammunitiou.
The British flag was hoisted at the Custom House, the Governor's house
and the Turkish Consulate. The hoisting of the British flag on the large
Persian flagstaff at the back of the town near the old Government House had
to be deferred as there were no halyards and the other rigging was rotten;
steps are being taken to rectify this.
H. M V S. Dalhousie " came into the inner anchorage after dark on the
evening of the 7th instant and lay off the town; on the morning of the 8th a
party was sent to seize the Customs Gunboat Muzaffar", and the two armed,
launches " Azerbaijan " and " Mazandaran This was succesfully carried out,
the second launch is useless at present having had her engines taken out.
The Persian Telegraph Office was at first occupied and then dismantled
and a guard put over the Persian Post Office. A guard was at first put on the
Turkish Consulate, but afterwards the few records there are, were sealed up
and the guard withdrawn. •
According to previous arrangement I called on His Excellency the Gov
ernor at G-30 a. m . the earliest hour which I should be likely to find him up,
and informed him of what His Majesty's Government had decided and told
him that Bushire had been taken over by t]iat time. It was a complete
surpiise to him (as to everybody else) as I had arranged that the regiment
should on its way to town take over the country telephone exchange to
prevent people in town communicating the news to the Governor or others
outside. The exchange in town was also occupied directly the regiment
arrived there.
His Excellency was very bitter and pointed out to me (as I knew before)
that his friendly attitude towards us had brought him into such bad odour
with the Persian Government, the Governor-General of Pars and the people
generally that he dare not go to his house in Shiraz, and asked what he should
do. I replied that there were two alternatives; one was for His Excellency
to go to Bunder Abbas or Lingah and carry out the Government of the
remainder of the Gulf Ports from there, and the other was to go to India or

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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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1 file (203 folios)
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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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