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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎54r] (107/206)

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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.1 2 of 1948 .
BAHRAIN INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY FOR PERIOD
1st to 31st July, 1948.
163. M OVEMENTS OF OFFICIA LS.
(i) On the 1st Lt. Col. W.J. Moody, Medical Adviser
to His Excellency 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 by air for
Kuwait and returned to Bahrain on the 3rd.
(ii) On the 2nd His Excellency 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 for Muscat in H.M.S, "Wild Goose". He returned to
Bahrain in H.M.S. "Wild Goose" on the 10th.
(iii) On the 15th 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. left for Sharjah
by R.A.F. ’plane. He returned to Bahrain in H.M.S. "Wren"
on the 25th.
(iv) On the 15th Air Vice Marshal Gray, Air Officer
Commanding, Iraq Command, arrived in Sharjah by air and
left the following day.
(v) On the 17th Mr. R.Mc Andrew, 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. ,
Kuwait, arrived in Bahrain by air from Kuwait. He left
by launch for Kuwait on the 19th.
(vi) On the 24th Lt. Col. A.C. Galloway, C.I.E.,
O.B.E., arrived in Bahrain to officiate as 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.
during Sir Rupert Hay’s absence on leave.
(vii) On the 25th His Excellency Sir Rupert Hay, K.C.I.E.,
C.S.I., 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. , Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , left Bahrain by
Skymaster aircraft for the United Kingdom. He was accompanied
by Miss Hay, They were seen off at the Muharraq aerodrome
by Col. Galloway, 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. , and the Assistant
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. .
(viii) On the 25th Dr. Grant, the new Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. Surgeon and
Quarantine Medical Officer, arrived in Bahrain by air from
the United Kingdom.
164. VIS IT ORS .
On the 4th Shaikh Hazza bin Sultan bin Zayid,
brother of the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, arrived in Bahrain on a
visit to His Highness Shaikh Salman. He was accompanied
by his maternal uncle Hamad bin Buti. They left Bahrain
for Abu Dhabi by launch towards the end of the month.
165. C ALLS .
(i) On the 8th and again on the 11th Shaikh Hazza bin
Sultan 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. . He
discussed at length the politics of Abu Dhabi including its
recent "war" with Dubai and stressed the Shaikh of Abu Dhabi’s
claim to Umm Said in Qatar territory - a claim which has even
less basis than that of Persia to Bahrain.
(ii) On the 15th Shaikh Hazza called on the Political
Resident at Jufair.
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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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