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'File 37/2 (12/9 A) Duke of Gloucester's visit and presentation of Italian guns to Shaikh of Bahrain' [‎58r] (115/236)

The record is made up of 1 file (116 folios). It was created in 7 Jun 1942-26 Nov 1943. 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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THE BAHREIN PETROLEUM COMPANY LIMITED
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'P Awali
Awali,
Bahrein Island, 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. ,
CONFIDENTIAL
CON-348
2nd December, 1942
E. B. Wakefield, Esq.,
His Britannic Majesty T s
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. ,
The Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. , Bahrein.
Dear Sir
Please refer to my letter No. CON-307 of October
26th 1942 regarding the guns and ammunition to be shipped
from Suez for the Shaikh of Bahrein.
On November 9th we wrote a letter, No. CON-328,
to our associates in Suez enquiring about this material
and also the machine guns which were to be shipped for the
Shaikh of Qatar. In answer to this letter we have just
received the following:-
n l) Immediately upon receiving your instructions,
Messrs. Cory Brothers got into touch with the
British Military Authorities but were unable
to obtain any information.
ft 2) When t.v. ”EL SEGUNDO" arrived on her last visit
they renewed their investigations but were told
that the shipment was cancelled.
”3) After "EL SEGUNDO" sailed from Suez, a big case
was received in Messrs. Cory Brothers’ office
but without any details of from whom it had been
received or to whom it had to be shipped. As
they presumed the case was the one referred to
in your instructions they renewed their investi
gations but have obtained no results to date.
Immediately Cory Brothers have the matter cleared
up they will carry out your instructions."
I shall be pleased to keep you advised of further
developments.
W. P. Anderson
Chief Local Representative,
The Bahrein Petroleum Company Ltd
WPA:SW

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The file contains correspondence between 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, the Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. 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. , the Adviser to the Government at Bahrain regarding Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester's visit to Sharjah and Bahrain.

The file contains lists of invitees to formal parties in honour of the Duke, and arrangements for his meeting with Gulf Rulers. The main subject of the file is the Duke of Gloucester's visit to the Ruler of Bahrain, Shaikh Salmān bin Ḥamad Āl Khalīfah, whom he presented with two Italian 105 mm guns with 1,000 rounds of ammunition. The Duke was presented with a sword of historical value from the Ruler; the history of this sword is on folios 102-103.

There is also correspondence with Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO) representatives, regarding the shipping of guns from Suez.

The file contains correspondence, in Arabic with English translation, with the Ruler of Bahrain.

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1 file (116 folios)
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The papers in the file are arranged chronologically. There are file notes at the end, on folios 113-117. The notes are arranged chronologically and refer to some of the documents within the file.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 118; 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 present in parallel between ff 2-110; these numbers are also written in crayon and 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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