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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎21r] (41/434)

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The record is made up of 1 file (214 folios). It was created in 31 Aug 1933-20 Mar 1939. It was written in English and French. 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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Enclosure 1 to Serial No. (41).
Memorandum No. 234 (2163|242j24), dated the 25th July 1933.
His Majesty’s Charge d’Affaires at Jedda presents his compliments to
His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and has the
honour to transmit to him the under-mentioned documents :—
Description of Enclosure.
Name and date.
Subject.
From
H. M* Ambassador, Bagdad.
Telegram No. 4 of 24th July 1933
To
His Royal Highness, The Sa’udi
Minister for Foreign Affairs
No. 107 of 25th July 1933.
From
Bushire.
Telegram No. 601 of 25th July 1933.
Forced landing of R. A. F. flying-
boat off Jinnah Islands.
(Copies sent to :—
Baghdad under No. 2164|242|24 of 25th July 1933.
Bushire, 2165|242|24 of 25th July 1933.)
Enclosure 2 to Serial No. (41).
Telegram from His Majesty’s Ambassador, Baghdad, to His Majesty’s Charge
d’affaires, Jedda, No. 4, dated the 24th July 1933.
Royal Air Force report flying boat forced by engine trouble to land within
Sa’udi territorial waters and is now lying off Jinnah Islands on the Hasa
Coast half way between Kuwait and Bahrain.
In view of possible risk to machine and crew R. A. F. are flying down spare
engine to-morrow and do not feel able to await permission from the Sa’udi
Government which might not be speedily accorded. This will accordingly
involve second breach of Sa’udi sovereignty.
Please explain position to Sa’udi Government and (c.fj. ? explain) great
regret that force of circumstances should have led to these infringements of
their territorial sovereignty. I suggest safety of life provides best justifica
tion for prospect of deliberate entry of rescuing machine into Sa’udi territory.
Enclosure 3 to Serial No. (41).
Letter from His Majesty’s Charge d’Affaires, Jedda, to the Minister of
Foreign Affairs, Sa’udi Arabia, No. 107 (2162j242j24), dated the 25th
July 1933.
I have the honour to inform Your Royal Highness that, according to a
telegram received this morning from the British Ambassador at Baghdad, a
flying-boat of the Royal Air Force has been forced to land, on account of engine
trouble, within Sa’udi territorial waters and is now off the Hasa Coast near
the Jinnah Islands half way between Kuwait and Bahrain.
I am further informed that owing to the risk to both the machine and its
crew in their present exposed position the Royal Air Force are flying down
to-day a spare engine to enable the damaged machine to resume its journey.
I am asked to explain the circumstances and express great regret that
force of circumstances should have occasioned these infringements of Sa’udi
Arab territorial sovereignty, but I feel assured that Your Royal Highness will
appreciate the urgent measures for the safety of the lives of the men involved
which were necessary in the circumstances.

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The file contains the Foreign Office confidential prints of the Arabia Series for the years 1933 to 1938. It includes correspondence, memoranda, and extracts from newspapers. The correspondence is principally between the British Legation in Jedda and the Foreign Office. Other correspondents include British diplomatic, political, and military offices, foreign diplomats, heads of state, tribal leaders, corporations, and individuals in the Middle East region.

Each annual series is composed of several numbered serials that are often connected to a particular subject. The file covers many subjects related to the affairs of Saudi Arabia.

Included in the file are the following:

  • a memorandum on Arab Unity produced by the Foreign Office dated 12 June 1933 (author unknown), folios 11-13;
  • a memorandum on petroleum in Arabia produced by the Petroleum Department dated 5 August 1933 (author unknown), folios 23-26;
  • a record of interviews with Ibn Sa‘ūd, King of Saudi Arabia, conducted by Reader Bullard and George William Rendel between 20 and 22 March 1937;
  • a memorandum on Yemen by Captain B W Seager, the Frontier Officer, dated 20 July 1937;
  • several records of proceedings of ships on patrol in the Red Sea, including that of HMS Penzance , Hastings , Colombo , Bideford , and Londonderry .

Folios 213-15 are internal office notes.

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1 file (214 folios)
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The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 217; 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. An additional foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 2-215; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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