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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Reports' [‎213r] (425/530)

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The record is made up of 1 file (263 folios). It was created in 30 Jan 1935-8 Jan 1938. It was written in English. 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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2 .
Bin Baud but owing to differences between him and the
Saudi Government he is no longer being employed for this
purpose* The Grand Chamberlain left Bahrain by air
on the 7th. Three of his servants followed by the mail
plane of the 11th July*
11CU OIL*
Mr* H*J. Wratislaw of Petroleum Concessions
Limited arrived at Bahrain from Sharjah on the 8th July.
Mr. B.H. Lemitte who is acting as Manager for
Petroleum Concessions Limited during the absence of Mr.
I
E.V. Packer and who went to Muscat for a short while
returned to Bahrain by air from Sharjah on the 15th July.
Ill* ZUBABAH.
Reference paragraph 105 of Intelligence Report
No. 11 of 1937.
On the morning of July the 1st, a letter was received
from the Ruler of Qatar to the effect that he intended to
take action and restrain those alleged to be his subjects
from violating the laws of the country. The same day it
appears that the advance troops of the Shaikh of Qatar attacked
the Fort at A1 Thaghab in which there were about 50 of the
Naim. The Naim resisted the attack of the Shaikh of Qatar 1 s
troops and there appears to have been a minor engagement
between the Shaikh of Qatar f s troops and a small party of the
Naim who were coming to the relief of those garrisoning the
Fort at A1 Thaghab. Without much difficulty the Shaikh of
Qatar*s Forces succeeded in reducing the Fort and in taking
possession of the garrison. It appears that some five or six
persons were killed on either side during this engagement.
The engagement seems to have had an unfortunate
effect on the morale of the Naim as immediately afterwards the;y
sent representatives to the Shaikh of Qatar and sued for peace.
The Shaikh of Qatar obtained a document from Shaikh Rashid bin
Mohammad of the Naim to the effect that they would observe the
/ laws

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The file contains fortnightly intelligence summaries produced by the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. at Bahrain for the years 1935-37. The reports, marked as secret, were sent to the Government of India, the 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. , and numerous diplomatic, political, and military offices in the Middle East. Most of the reports cover a two week period, though due to holidays and work pressures some cover an entire month.

The reports are split into short sections that relate to a particular subject. Contained within the reports is intelligence on the following:

The report for the period 1-15 April 1935 (folios 30-35) includes notes on the transfer of the Naval Recreation Centre to Bahrain.

The report for the period 16-31 January 1936 (folios 98-101) includes notes on the reaction in the region to the death of King George V of England.

The report for the period covering 16-31 March 1937 (folios 180-84) includes notes on the visit of Doctor H Blegvad who is conducting research in the commercial viability of 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. fisheries on behalf of the Iranian Government.

The report for the period 1-15 May 1937 (folios 193-198) includes notes on the local celebrations to mark the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England.

The file also contains two translations of articles from the Cairo newspaper al-Shabab dated 16 June 1937 (folios 221-23) and 30 June 1937 (folios 217-19) regarding oil concessions and British domination 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. .

Attached to folio 19 is a photograph of Contre Admiral Rivet and Charles Belgrave during the former's visit to Bahrain.

Folios 252-65 are internal office notes.

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1 file (263 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 last folio with 265; 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 252-260; 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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