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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎22r] (43/206)

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The record is made up of 1 file (100 folios). It was created in 1 Jan 1948-31 Dec 1948. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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No,5 of 1948.
SECRET.
BAHRAIN INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY FOR PERIOD
16th to 31st March, 1948.
66 • MOVEMENTS OF OFFICIA LS.
(1) Reference paragraph 45 (iv) of Intelligence
Summary No.4.
On the 19th the 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. accompanied
by Mr. P.D. Stob&rt> returned to Bahrain by s.s."Barpeta".
(ii) On the 19th Major A.C. Stewart, O.B.E., H.B.M’s.
Consul and 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. , Muscat, arrived in Bahrain by
s.s. u Bamora M . He left for Muscat by H.M.S. n Loch Glendhu’ 1
on the 24th.
(iii) On the 26th Mr. G.N. Jackson, M.B.E., Political
Officer, Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. , arrived in Bahrain by air from
Sharj ah.
(iv) On the 30th the Hon'ble the 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.
left in H.M.S. "Wren" on tour to Muscat.
67. V ISITORS .
(!) Colonel O'Keefe, Commanding the U.S.A.A.F. in
Dhahran visited Bahrain during the period under review.
He called on 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. .
(ii) On the 19th a Cocktail party was held at Awali
Camp for Mr. R.G. Follis, Vice-Chairman of the Standard
Oil Company, ‘and Mr. T.I.L. Lenzen, a Director of the Ba
hrain Petroleum Company, both recently arrived in Bahrain
from the United States.
68. CALLS.
(i) On the 20th His Highness Shaikh Salman, Ruler of
Bahrain, called on 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. at the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. .
(ii) On the 21st Shaikh Abdullah bin Isa al Khalifah,
uncle of His Highness, called on 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. at
the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. .
69. TH E BAHREIN PETROLEUM COMPANY LIMITE D.
(i) On the 19th the Bahrain Petroleum Company
presented His Highness Shaikh Salman with a cinema projector.
His Highness has a welT-known aversion to cinema shows.
(ii) A girl stenographer employed by the Bahrain
Petroleum Company recently tried to commit suicide by
taking an overdose of sleeping tablets. She was annoyed
at being treated and saved, and had to be flown home at
tended by the Matron of the hospital.
70. PETR OL EUM DE V ELOPMENTS ( T RUCIAL COAST) L IMITED.
(i) Petroleum Developments ( Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. ) Limited
recently presented Ford Saloon Cars to the Shaikhs of Dubai,
Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Umm al Qawaim.
(ii) On the 16th Mr. B.H. Lermitte, Manager, Petroleum
Concessions Limited, arrived from Bahrain by a Company
aircraft. He was accompanied by Mr. Wellings, one of the
Company's Chief Geologists, and by Squadron Leader Lewis,
Air Staff Liaison Officer, Bahrain.
On

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The file contains fortnightly intelligence summaries produced by the Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. at Bahrain for the year 1948. 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. Each report is numbered from 1 to 24 and covers a two week period.

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

  • shipping;
  • visits of British and foreign notables;
  • economic and commercial matters, including the pearling industry;
  • local news and affairs, as well as that of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Oman, and the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. ;
  • the work of third parties in the region, such as the Bahrain Petroleum Company, Gray, Mackenzie and Co., and Petroleum Concessions Limited;
  • labour matters, especially strikes and unrest;
  • local reaction to international events such as the end of the British Mandate in Palestine and the death of Mohandas Gandhi;
  • the activities of the Royal Navy;
  • the supply of electricity, water and telecommunications;
  • aviation;
  • the work of the Middle East Anti-Locust Unit;
  • the traffic of slaves;
  • quarantine and medical matters;
  • weather and meteorological data.

The final page of the final report appears to be missing.

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1 file (100 folios)
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The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 103; 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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