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Coll 29/42 'Diplomatic and consular expenditure: contribution (from Indian revenues) towards cost of a British Chaplain at Tehran; Christian cemeteries in Persia and the Persian Gulf' [‎72r] (142/704)

The record is made up of 1 file (349 folios). It was created in 8 Aug 1917-5 Sep 1939. It was written in English and French. 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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(E 1479/1479/34)
PORP-IGN OPPICE, S.'S'.l
With reference to Foreign Office letter E 4700/3932/34
of the 16th October last enclosing a copy of a letter 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. regarding the future maintenance of the British
cemeteries at Henjam and Basidu, I am directed hy Mr. Secretary
Eden to request you to inform the Lords Commissioners of His
Majesty’s Treasury that the Government of India agree to the
registration of these cemeteries in the name of the Imperial
Var Graves Commission.
2. The Government of India also drav r attention to the
fact, however, that v T hile the maintenance charges in respect
of the upkeep of the cemetery at Henjam have hitherto been
met from Indian revenues alone, the similar charges in the case
of the Basidu cemetery, although paid in the first place out
of Indian revenues, have eventually been shared equally between
His Majesty’s Government and the Government of India under the
existing arrangements for the division of expenditure in Persia
and 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. . They observe that there are no apparent
grounds for a differentiation between the two cemeteries and
they suggest that the expenditure on both henceforth should be
shared equally between His Majesty’s Government and the
Government of India on the analogy of all Diplomatic and
Consular expenditure in Persia. If this suggestion is accepted,
they are willing to share the expenditure on the maintenance
and/
The Secretary
to the Treasury.

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The file concerns Diplomatic and Consular expenditure towards the cost of a British Chaplain at Tehran, and the maintenance of Christian cemeteries.

The file contains:

  • proposal that Indian Revenues should contribute towards the maintenance of a British Chaplain in Tehran, 1923; includes Report of the Inter-departmental Committee on British cemeteries abroad
  • lists of members of the Indo-European Telegraph Department and their families buried in Persia
  • financial contributions to the Christian Cemetery Fund, Yezd
  • maintenance of the British cemeteries of Henjam and Basidu [Bāsa‘īdū] after the end of British occupation, in 1935
  • construction of a wall around the new Cemetery site at Kuwait, in 1936
  • list of inscriptions on memorials and gravestones in the cemeteries at Basidu and Henjam, 1936
  • removal of tombstones to the British Cemetery at Shiraz from the old Armenian Cemetery
  • replacement of damaged War Grave tablets in the British Cemetery at Shiraz.

The file is composed 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. , the Office of Works, the Foreign Office, the British Legation at Tehran, the Imperial Bank of Persia, the High Commissioner for India, the British Consulate at Kerman, the British Consulate at Shiraz, the Iranian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Admiralty, the Imperial War Graves Commission, 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. .

There is a document in French, an extract from Le Messager de Tehran.

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1 file (349 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 350; 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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English and French in Latin script
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Coll 29/42 'Diplomatic and consular expenditure: contribution (from Indian revenues) towards cost of a British Chaplain at Tehran; Christian cemeteries in Persia and the Persian Gulf' [‎72r] (142/704), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3604, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100043084055.0x00008f> [accessed 5 December 2019]

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