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File 3516/1914 Pt 9 'German War: Persia' [‎82v] (169/618)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (305 folios). It was created in 11 Aug 1915-17 Dec 1915. 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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and order maintained.
18th May 1915.
H. G. Chick.
No. Cf. 324, dated Bushire, the 6th (received 13th) September 1915 (Confidential).
From— Major A. P. Trevor, C.I.E., Officer on Special Duty (in the absence of the
Besident), .
To—The Foreign Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Pohtica
In continuation of my letter No. 322 Of. of to-day’s date I have the
honour to forward, for the information of the Government of India, a copy of
honour to torwaru, ior the mar gi na lly.noted despatch which I
No. cf. 323, dated 6th September 1915. h&ve addressed to His Majesty’s Minister,
Tehran, on the subject of the hostile attitude of Shaikh Hussain, Chief of
No. Cf. 323, dated Bushire, the 6th September 1915 (Confidential).
From—M ajor A. P. Trevor, C.I.E., Acting Consul-General, Bushire,
To-His Excellency Sir C. Marling, K.C.M.G., C B., His Britannic Majesty s
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary at the Court of Persia,
In continuation of my letter No. Cf. 262, dated 12th July 1915, I have
the honour to forward, for Your Excellency’s information, a translation of a
letter which has been written to me by Shaikh Hussain of Chahkutah, a
Chieftain who resides some 24 miles from Bushire and has distinguished
himself by the violence of his hostility and attacks against the British
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 reply to a letter from me advising him of the confiscation of
10 000 Tumans which he had in deposit with a Persian merchant the “ Rais-ut-
Tuiiar ” here to meet the claims of Messrs. Gray Paul and Co., the Imperia
Bank of Persia, Messrs. Dixon and Co., and others, whose country-houses have
been attacked and raided by his men during the past few weeks. I may
mention that His Excellency Muwaqqar-ud-Douieh, late Governor of the Gulf
Ports, had already attached this amount and told me where it was.
I enclose the original of this threatening letter in the hope that by its
production to the Persian Government Your Excellency may be able to
convince them of the urgent necessity for the expulsion and dispossession of
Shaikh Hussain.
This man and his sons are our nearest neighbours among the Khans of
the littoral, had for years been given the good offices of the Consulate-
General in their frequent difficulties, and on many occasions enjoyed the
hospitality of His Majesty’s officers here. He alone of our former friends
among the Khans has proved treacherous and espoused the cause of the
He unfortunately escaped a fortnight ago after an attack which he had made
against the British Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. at Subzabad outside Bushire, when a certain
number of his men were ‘surrounded in a ravine and engaged in a fusillade
with our troops all day.

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The volume concerns the situation in Persia during the First World War. The main focus is the British occupation of Bushire.

The volume covers:

  • Instructions regarding Bakhtiari.
  • Movements of Wassmuss and German agents in Persia.
  • Situation in Bushire, at Isfahan, at Urumia [Urmia, Iran], and at Tehran.
  • Attitude of Persian Prime Minister.
  • Arrival of Russian troops at Enzeli [Bandar-e Anzali, Iran].
  • Murder of British Vice-Consul at Shiraz.
  • Attacks on British Consuls at Isfahan and Kangavar, and on Consulate officials at Shiraz.
  • Situation at Anglo-Persian Oil Company oilfields.
  • Activities of German Vice-Consul at Sultanabad.
  • German activity at Kermanshah.
  • German sending gold to Persia, to outbid Anglo-Russian financial assistance.
  • Extract of Imperial Bank of Persia's report on German occupation of Kermanshah.

The volume’s principal correspondents are: Charles Marling, British Minister at Tehran; British Consuls at Meshed, Sistan and Kain, Kerman, Isfahan, Khorasan, Kermanshah; Arthur Prescott Trevor, Officer on Special Duty 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. ; Percy Cox, 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 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. ; John Nixon, General Officer Commanding, India Expeditionary Force 'D', Basrah; Charles Hardinge, Viceroy of India; Alfred Hamilton Grant, Foreign Secretary to the Government of India; Austen Chamberlain, Secretary of State for India; George Buchanan, British Ambassador in Russia; Imperial Bank of Persia; Shaikh Hussein of Chahkutah and Rais Ali of Dilwar [Rais Ali Delvari].

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1 volume (305 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 307; 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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