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File 3516/1914 Pt 9 'German War: Persia' [‎139v] (283/618)

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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 K., > T o. 505 C., dated the 29th (received 30th) August 2915.
ffom—M ajor 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-
meut, Simla.
Your telegram No. 261 and Shiraz 288.
I quite agree that it would be useless to send caravans as long as road is
unsafe. My chief idea in sending my telegram 479 C however was o get
point (of) principle decided as to whether or not British Government should
stop caravans, as is sufficiently clear from my abovementioned telegram my
own idea is that we should not prevent caravans going up country while we
occupy Bushire as we would be principal losers.
Addressed Tehran j repeated to Basrah, Shiraz, Foreign.
95
Telegram P., No. 109, dated the 29th (received 30th) August 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
Regarding the occupation of Bushire. Yesterday after three hours*
conversation Prime Minister said that our conditions would be agreed to in
principle by him, though he took exception to amount of indemnity and
suggested a procedure as followsPersian authority restored at Bushire and
Governor-General, Pars, to be recalled simultaneously.
Persian Government to pledge itself to put an end to German agitations
and to punish Khans implicated in attack as soon as possible.
Our troops to remain until danger of further attack is passed.
I mentioned that I had no hope that such terms would be accepted by
His Majesty’s Government, but that they would, before terminating formal
occupation, certainly insist on removal of Governor-General.
Proposal is otherwise worth considering. In the south Governor-General
has been chief instrument of German agitation and in Persian eyes, his
removal will be a decided blow to them. Consul, Shiraz, alw r ays puts his
removal as most important point. Of course the other (?) promises are
valueless, as Government are absolutely powerless to fulfil them and their hold
is moreover very precarious. However, it may last long enough to get rid of
Governor-General. Our effect, on the other hand, continues and we are
relieved of the nuisance of Raving to administer Bushire wTiile the irritation
is removed of foreign relations all oyer Persia at hauling down of Persian iiag f
Would His Majesty’s Goyernmenf agree to this proposal modified as
follows-.—That at Bushire Persian authority is not restored until Governor-
General has definitely left and Kawam-uf-Muik appointed as Acting Gov
ernor-General of I ars; with, regard to selection of twu new Governors of
Shiraz and Bushire Legation to be consulted.
96
Telegram R., No. 506 C., dated the 29t.h (received 30th) August 1915.
Prom Major A. P. Trevok, C.I.E., Ottcer on Sptcial 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,
lo The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
There is a large quantity of cash in Treasury here now and as it forms
incentive ioi attack by tribesmen it would appear advisable to reduce it.
A. P. O. C. (Angio-Persian Oil Company) wouiu be glad to take two lakhs
giving cheque on Bombay, and Imperial Bank of Persia, Basrah, would take
tnree or lour on same terms. May I arrange accordingly r

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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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