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'File W/4 Hostilities in Persia: Tangistan Blockade; Confiscation of Tea for Tangistan' [‎30r] (57/411)

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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General Headquarters,
I.^.F.D.

Dated 9th September 1915
Telegram, (C).
To M.G.G»S f
No. 245/B.
Dated 9th September 1915. Reod. 9.530 p.m.
Clear Line. During nir:ht of 8/9th September enemy under
Shaikh Husain and Zair Kbadhar assembled in nullahs South of
Zanjrina. A patrol reported their numbers an about 20. After a
short time suspecting that there were more I ordered every
available man up. At 8 a.m# the outposts reserve of 4 guns 4
machine guns and 2 companies reached me at No. 10 post. Attack
be^an at once but it was soon evident that enemy were in consi
derable force and this attack could not press home. At 9,30 a.m.
the General Reserve from Reshire reached me under Lieut-Colonel
Lane. I ordered them to move to the right under cover and fix .
bayonets and charge; this they did at about 10.30 a.m. add drove
enemy about 600 in number out on to the Ilashileh. The cavalry
then charged through them. All my guns then came up to the edge
of the cliffs and pursued the enemy with their fire for about
4000 yards, the infantry following them to the edge of Mashileh.
Many enemy fell on the Mashileh from the guns though they were
able to carry these off. I regret to report deaths of Major
Penington, Lieut Thornton 16th Oavalry. Dangerously wounded 2nd
Lieut. Robinson I.A.R. 96til Berar Infantry. Wounded Lieuts
Staples, Laville and Soudamore, 11th Rajputs. I shall report
fmll casualties as soon as po3sible. I have so far collected
about 40 of enemy's dead. I do not consider uy own casualties
excessive considering the blow that tribesmen have had. I have
great pleasure in informing you that all ranks behaved with
great gallantry. Lane's and Penington's charges were particular
ly so. I am very grateful for the help rendered by a landing
party from Pyromus which I happened to have on shore.
G.O.C. Bushire ?.30pom.

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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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