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File 619/1907 Pt 7 'Arms traffic: Persian Gulf. Debai incident.' [‎212r] (105/142)

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The record is made up of 1 item (70 folios). It was created in 12 Sep 1910-21 Feb 1911. 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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[This Docnment is fee Property of Hta Britamiic IHajesty’s GtnremmEnt]
arms traffic.
[December 28.J
Section 4.
[46541] N 0 * 1 -
Admiralty to Foreign Office.—(Received December 28.)
(Confidentia ) Admiralty, December 25, 1910.^
I AM commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to transmit,
for the information of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, decypher of a
telegram No. 228, dated the 25th December, from commander-in-chief, East Indies, at
I am, &c.
Enclosure in No. 1.
Commander An-chief, East Indies, to Admiralty.
(Telegraphic.) P. Bushire, December 25, 1910.
REGRET to report party from His Majesty’s ship “ Hyacinth landed at Dibai
yesterday morning to search for arms, was fired on by natives, and engagement
became general, four of our men being killed and nine wounded. One man also is
missing. Enemy’s loss, thirty-seven killed. ^ ^ i j ^
Party was landed owing to information received that arms intended tor
exportation were in Dibai in contravention of treaty rights. After fighting began
sheikh exerted himself to pacify people. • tr- at • ± >
Am now at Bushire, but propose leaving for Dibai to-morrow in His Majesty s
ship “Odin,” retaining the “Hyacinth” there for the present. My telegraphic
address will be Jask.
List of killed and wounded forwarded in separate report.

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The correspondence discusses an incident at Debai [Dubai] on 24 December 1910 in which a landing party from HMS Hyacinth entered Debai to search a house for illegally trafficked arms and came under fire from local residents.

The correspondence includes detailed accounts of the incident by British naval officials, and discussions regarding the terms and conditions that were imposed on the Sheikh of Debai [Shaikh Buṭṭī bin Suhayl Āl Maktūm] in the aftermath of events.

The principal correspondents include 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. 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. (Percy Zachariah Cox), the Naval Commander-in-Chief of the East Indies Station (Edmond John Warre Slade), the Foreign Secretary to the Government of India (Arthur Henry McMahon), the Viceroy of India (Charles Hardinge, 1st Baron Hardinge of Penshurst), the Secretary of State for India (Robert Crew-Milnes, 1st Marquess of Crewe), the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Sir Edward Grey), and representatives of 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 the Foreign Office.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at f 160, and terminates at f 230, as part of a larger physical volume; 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.

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