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File 3516/1914 Pt 9 'German War: Persia' [‎128r] (260/618)

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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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position here impossible. Should it be decided by His Excellency now not to
give us veiy moderate satisfaction circumstances required that we should draw
C ° X ' Cl “ fl T , his attitude > that Government contend
1 la tea the possibility of relations ,bein; broken off between Persia and her two
neighbours without serious misgiving. Without consulting his Colleague His
-bxceileney said he could not give a reply. °
addre^TL^ffik 1 ^^ SWraZ ’ Bushire > Petro S rad a “d
Telegram P., No. 906 S., dated the 4th September 1915.
Fr0m ^a“; 7 Simla. he Go,et “ ment ° £ India “ ‘ h e Foreign and Political
To Majorca. P. Teevor, 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. ,
Please refer to your telegram dated the 1st instant, No. 515 C. Reports
on the situation at Dushire and hinterland should continue to be submitted bv
you to His .Britannic Majesty’s Minister. Officer Commanding should see
bhiraz reports and be kept fully informed. Please arrange as soon as possible
to send the Rarguzar to India, see my telegram No. S. of 31st ultimo
Repeated to Sir P. Cox, Basrah.
No. 48o P.-W., dated Bombay Castle, the 1st September 1915 (Confidential).
Prom—L. Robertson, Esq., Secretary to the Government of Bombay, Political
To—The Foreign Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
In reply to your telegram No. 881 S., dated the 27th August 1915, I am
directed to inform you that the Governor of the Persian Gull Forts arrived in
Bombay by the S. S. Chakla on the 24th ultimo. He was accompanied by his
wile, tnree daughters and one son, an ayah and four men-servants. Rvery
assistance was airorded him by the City Police and he was brought ashore in
the Police launch. He was met on the steamer by Mirza Muhammad Husein
Behdasty, merchant of Bombay, Aga Muhammad Shustari, merchant of
-Bomba;, Haji Abdul Rehmau Shirazi, merchant of Bombay and Mirza
Muhammad Siiirazi, merchant of Bombay. He is living in a bungalow in
Bongarsi Road, Malabar Hill.
2 . On the evening of his arrival a dinner was given in his honour by
the abovementioned Dehdasty. The Persian Consul, Ali Akbar Khan, his
brother Ah Muhammad Knan, Bar-at-Baw, Aga Muhammad Shustari and
some other gentlemen of Bombay attended. The Russian subject, Haji Mirza
Muhammad Rahim, concerning whom a reference may be made to the
Director of Criminal Intelligence, visited him at 6 p. m. the same day and was
with him for about one hour. *
. f 2 * ■ Llle Government of Bombay have not yet at their disposal sufficient
information to enable them to judge of the general disposition of the ex-
Governor, but the impression whicu he gave the Commissioner of Police was
tnat of a man of some enlightenment, who is more or less anglicised. He
appears to know no Hindustani, but he speaks English well. It is reported
tiiat he contemplates asking permission to reside in Poona, and the Govern
ment of Bombay would have no objection if the Government of India so order.
4. Eor the present he is being informed that he should not leave Bombay
without the permission of the Focal Government, and an unobtrusive waten
is being kept on him by the local Police.

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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.

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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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