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‘Report for the Army Council on Mesopotamia. By Sir John P Hewett, GCSI, KBE’ [‎spine] (3/119)

The record is made up of 1 volume (53 folios, 5 maps). It was created in 1919. 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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The volume contains an illustrated report, with maps, correspondence and statistical data included as appendices, for the Army Council on Mesopotamia [Iraq], prepared by Sir John Prescott Hewett for the War Office, dated 10 March 1919. The report focuses on: a) the administration and expenditure of agricultural and irrigation schemes put in place in Mesopotamia for 1918 and 1919, and administered by the Imperial Government; b) the extent to which expenditure on agriculture and irrigation schemes, charged against Imperial Army Funds, is necessary for the prosecution of war; c) infrastructure development in Mesopotamia (facilities at Basrah [Basra] port; railways; telegraphs, telephones and post; water supply; electrical and mechanical installations), and questions of their financial support through military and civil funds.

The appendices include: maps illustrating the scope and geographical detail of the agricultural and irrigation schemes; correspondence providing context into the circumstances surrounding the need for and implementation of the schemes; statistical data, including: irrigation scheme expenditure; capacity at Basrah port; valuation of the dockyard; admission rates for Indian troops and followers with scurvy for the years 1916, 1917 and 1918; valuation of telegraph apparatus, telephone lines.

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1 volume (53 folios, 5 maps)
Arrangement

The report is divided into paragraphs numbered 1 through to 82, with paragraph subjects and page numbers provided in an index preceding the report (f 3v). A list of the appendices, numbered I through to XXVIII follows the report (f 35). Appendices I-IV are maps (ff 52-56), enclosed in the sleeve at the back of the volume.

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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 57; 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.

Pagination: the file contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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English in Latin script
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‘Report for the Army Council on Mesopotamia. By Sir John P Hewett, GCSI, KBE’ [‎spine] (3/119), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/35, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100035743856.0x000004> [accessed 17 November 2019]

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