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File 3516/1914 Pt 9 'German War: Persia' [‎127r] (258/618)

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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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Telegram P., No. 112, dated the 1st (received 2nd) September 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Poltical Depart
ment, Simla.
Please refer to your telegram No. 244. I consider that to demand
substantive appointment of Kawam is undesirable since it would rouse Sowlet’s
latent jealousy. At present he is on good terms with Kawam.
It is quite beyond the power of the Government of Persia to remove
German emissaries from Shiraz and other places and still more so to (intern ?)
them but under arrangement suggested in my telegram No. 300 our troops would
continue effectively to occupy Bushire until we chose to consider that improved
conditions safely make it possible to withdraw them, that is, till cessation
of German agitation.
Therefore I propose to insist on the conditions laid down in my telegram
mentioned above, viz., to restore in Bushire Persian civil authorities and flag
as soon as Mukber leaves Shiraz and Kawam takes overcharge from him as
Acting Governor-General, new Governors for Shiraz and Bushire being ap
pointed with our concurrence.
Indemnity to he paid as laid down.
Until all possibility of further attacks has passed, troops will remain at
Bushire.
An agreement to he made by the Government of Persia to take effective
steps against German agitation.
To-morrow morning I expect to see the Prime Minister.
102
Telegram P., No. 515 C., dated the 1st (received 2nd) September 1915.
From— Major A. P. Trevor, C.I.E., 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. ,
Bushire,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
Please refer to your telegram No. 889 S. It was under instructions
from Sir P. Cox that Dilwar proclamation was issued. It however produced no
effect on the situation as (1) Attack had been expected by Bais Ali since the
death of the two British officers and before end of July he had completed
his sangars and trenches, &c., and (2) His Majesty’s ship and proclamation
practically reached Dilwar simultaneously. (Copy of statement made by ?)
Borasjun telegraph Ghulam on which my telegram No. 490 C.^ was based was
sent to General Officer Commanding. He has also been supplied with copies
of subsequent wires like 503 C.
Please refer to my 485 C. of 25th ultimo and Minister’s 256 of 21st
ultimo. In my capacity as Acting Consul-General for Pars and Coast, His
Excellency will require full reports from me, and if he does not get them will
take me severely to task. If I make no military recommendations and ssnd
copy to General Officer Commanding, I presume I can send statement of
position in hinterland? Should I forward copies of telegrams from His
Majesty’s Bepresentative, Shiraz, without first showing them to General
Officer Commanding ? I am supplying him with most of them at present.
Bepeated Basrah.
103
Telegram R., No. 1776 B., dated (and received) the 2nd September 1915.
From—The Hon'ble Lieutenant-Colonel Sir P. Z. Cox, K.C.I.E., C.S.I.,
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. , Basrah,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
Your telegram No. 899 S.

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Content

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].

Extent and format
1 volume (305 folios)
Arrangement

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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