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‘File 28/35 Defence of Qatar’ [‎25r] (49/150)

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The record is made up of 1 file (73 folios). It was created in 6 Feb 1939-20 Aug 1941. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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D.O. No. C/589
Datert the 11th June 1941
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I have r eceived a request from Pecker of Petroleum
Concessions Limited for permission to purchase a *22 rifle
for practice purposes for their employees in Qatar* There
is no ammunition to be had however but I understand that
you may have some in your store. If this is so I wonder
whether it would be possible to make, say one thousand
rounds per mensem available to the F.C.L*? Presumably
they would be willing to pay for it*
Yours sincerely f
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The file, while entitled ‘Defence of Qatar’, chiefly concerns the issue of six rifles and 1,200 rounds of small arms ammunition (SAA) to British personnel employed by Petroleum Concessions Limited (PCL) in Qatar during the war. The principal correspondents in the file are: 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 Bahrain (Hugh Weightman; Major Reginald George Evelin William Alban) and the Manager of PCL at Bahrain (Ernest Vincent Packer).

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1 file (73 folios)

The file’s contents are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest item at the front to the latest at the end. The file notes at the end of the file (ff 69-74) mirror the chronological arrangement.

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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 75; 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 1-74; 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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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‘File 28/35 Defence of Qatar’ [‎25r] (49/150), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/728, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 2 July 2020]

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