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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎80v] (160/434)

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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 to Serin 1 No. (5).
Sec i' t on ‘ B
News has since been received that Captain Wickham has had a serious break
down while on leave, and has decided to relinquish his post. He will return to
Kamaran, when fit to travel, for the purpose of winding up his private affairs.
Captain Wickham has been at Kamaran for some 15 years, and his illness and
consequent retirement will be much regretted not only by the present personnel of
the Red Sea Sloops but also by his many naval friends of earlier days.
. Malalia.
13. Arrived and anchored at 1030 on 22nd October. The Commanding
Officer called on the Wazir, Salem Ahmed Alkoati, His Highness the Sultan having
sailed for India some ten days previously.
The Wazir, who has only held the post for nine months (i.e., subsequent to
the last visit of a Red Sea Sloop in January 1934), is dull and unprepossessing
in comparison with his predecessor. He returned the visit at 1530 on the same
day, and was accorded a salute of 11 guns on his departure.
14. Business in the town appears to be flourishing ; the bazaar is full and
active, while the inhabitants present a remarkably cheerful and well-fed appear
ance, the latter in marked contrast to that observed in most South Arabian ports.
It is understood tha ; the construction of the motor road to the Hadramaut,
referred to in previous Reports of Proceedings, has made little, if any, progress in
the mountain districts.
15. On the 23rd I visited the English School, by the invitation of the Indian
Schoolmaster, Ibrahim Soogan, who for many years had taught in the Danish
Mission School in The Crater, Aden. The school, which was established some
6 months ago by the Sultan, is row attended three times weekly by about 60 boys,
ranging in age from 8 to 16 years, of whom a third are Indians.
After the inspection of the Guard of Boy Scouts, an Address of Welcome was
read by the senior student, and was followed by a demonstration of the principal
subjects of instruction.
Proceedings terminated by the singing, with much zest, of the National Anthem,
first in English and then in Arabic.
In a short speech I congratulated the Schoolmaster and his pupils on the results
achieved in so short a time, and laid emphasis on the great value and universal
appeal of the Boy Scouts’ Movement.
In the evening the Schoolmaster and nine of the senior Scouts came on board
and were shown round the ship.
16. It had been arranged with the Chief C mmissioner that a short visit should
be paid to Bal Haf while on passage to Aden (Bir Ali was not included, as the Sheikh
is at present in bad odour), but on the receipt of instructions (Admiralty message
timed 1416/20) that Their Lordships were to be kept informed of the details of the
reception ceremonies proposed for the forthcoming visit of His Majesty the King
of Italy to Aden, it became necessary to allow a larger margin of time for consult
ing the Chief Commissioner and transmitting the required intelligence. With
his concurrence, Bal Haf Was therefore omitted from the programme, and “ Pen
zance ” sailed at 0415 on the 24th for Aden direct, arriving at 0700 on the following
day. -

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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)

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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