PZ 5277/1939 'War - Offers of service in the event of -' [66r] (131/146)
The record is made up of 1 file (73 folios). It was created in 27 Aug 1939-5 Jul 1943. 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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September 2/rd. 1939
My dear aIton.
Please excuse r; e from writing at such a time
when you must be exceedingly busy. I do so because I am very
nxiouas to undertake some work in which any special
qualifications I may possess would be of the most use. In view
of the possibility of trouble with Russia it maybe t at the
Government of India are concerned with the position in
Turkistam and Tibet, If so they may wish to have agents,
political and otherwise, in that part of the V/ordd. IhUould
also be essential to maintain if possible the status quo in
Tibet. I feel that my special knowledge of travel in Tibet
and the Himalayas and the peoples might make me useful. I
have now been three times into Tibet and I am used to handling
Sherpas,Tibetans and Gurkhas. I believe too that I am limed
Dy these people. I am confident that it would be possible also
to fire the enhusiasm of the Sherpas who are the toughest
and best of native tribes and if it came to an emergency have
men ready-a large numuer- who m ght prove invaluable on the
Himalayan frontier. I am prepared to take an intensive
course in the appropriate language,Nepali or Tibetan and as
regards the latter language have a friend in England who
I believe speaks it flue itly and might join in on the same
This is all very tentative but I do feel that I have
some qualifications for playing my part when it comes to
work in difficult country. Should you care to discuss this
I could run up to London anytime.
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The file contains correspondence relating to individuals offering their services, mainly to 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. or the Foreign Office, in the event of war, and for war work after the outbreak of the Second World War.
It largely consists of correspondence between 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 following:
- individuals applying for war work, including Bertram Thomas, Frank Symthe, Sir Evelyn Berkeley Howell, G W Carter, W R Ward, and C C L de Grenier
- the Foreign Office
- the Government of India, External Affairs Department
- the War Office.
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- 1 file (73 folios)
The papers are arranged in approximate reverse chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.
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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 73; 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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- PZ 5277/1939 'War - Offers of service in the event of -'
- 32r:33v, 52r:52v, 66r:66v
- Smythe, Francis Sydney
- ©Credit Frank S. Smythe
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