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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' [‎188r] (374/704)

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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been extracted from the full list sent to you in my
despatch Wo. 182 of the 23rd March, 1933. For the list
of burials in the Akbarabad cemetery I am indebted to
Mr. R.L. Steiner, of the American Mission, who has kindly
searched the cemetery records. So far as I am aware there
are no other recorded graves In^Tehran consular district,
unless a Ma^or Maxwell "Irlandais 1 * who died on December 1st,
1894, and was buried the following day in the Roman
Catholic Cemetery at Doolab, was a member of the Department.
It will be remembered, however, that on page 153 of Volume
I of **Eastern Persia, Isyo—ISTS* 1 Major Euan Smith tells the
story of the Telegraphs Sergeant at Kum who could not
purchase a plot of ground for the burial of his c/iilci owing
to the fanaticism of the inhabitants. I fancy thab there
may be numerous similarly unrecorded graves dating from the
early days of the Department. Moreover, there appears to
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be no record of the burial of Quarter Master sergeant Bonier,
who died in Tehran in about 1873, as recorded on page 389
of the same volume. It is also believed that Sergeant
S.H.P. Glover, who is not mentioned in any list, died in
Persia, where many of his descendants are still living.
5 . 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. and His Majesty’s Consul
at Kerman have both furnished information regarding the
graves at J&sk, Henjam and other places on the coast of
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. , but as the information is often
complementary, both lists will repay study.
4 # as regards the despatch from the Acting Consul
at Shiraz, I should explain that ay circular despatch Ho.
13 communicated to His Majesty’s Consular officers the
information collected from former members of the Department
and sent to me in your despatch Ho. 240 of June 14th
(K 6831/523/234). The Sergeant McIntyre mentioned by
Mr. Gamble was, as he surmises, buried in Tehran, and so

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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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