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File 3516/1914 Pt 9 'German War: Persia' [‎153r] (310/618)

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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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76
Telegram R., No. 483 C., dated (and received) the 25th August 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 Denart-
. ment, Simla. r
Sheikh Said Hussein of Chakutah made a raid in person with a party of
about oO on the night of the 21st instant. He exchanged shots with British
house and subsequently with Eesidency. There has been no damage done
to us.
He could not get across Mashileh before dawn owing to some of his men
being wounded and took refuge in nullah near Zangena ", he was discovered and
cavalry cut off his retreat. Afterwards infantry came up but our troops with
drew as he could not be dislodged, and about sunset a relieving force arrived
under Zair Khidar. He then retreated across Mashileh, some casualties
occurred among tribesmen and sepoys. I regret that my telegram to Sir P. Cox
reporting raid was not repeated to Your Excellency through an oversight due to
pressure of work.
To-day General Brooking has been made Military Governor of Bushire
and General Officer Commanding; he has been inspecting here and is advocate
of reprisals on people on island. This does not appear at all desirable in my
opinion.
Addressed Tehran; repe ated Foreign.
77
Telegram P., No. 485 C,, dated (and received) the 25th August 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 256, Nearly all I have to say on the
subject has been repeated by Cox in his telegram. I can only add that the
outpost has, since its establishment in May last, not only not advanced one
inch but enemy tribes have been allowed to lay in a water-supply and erect
Sangars some distance from this side of Saribast, 3 or 4 miles from east of
outpost Tines {vide my telegram August 8 th, 396 C.). This errs on side of
complaint. The tribesmen collect there and almost every night make a raid
into BusEire island and I regret to say that they have usually done so with
impunity.
I am not aware as to whether I am considered one of the authorities of
Bushire mentioned in the penultimate paragraph of your telegram, but if so I
beg Your Excellency to rest assured that had troops made an^ advance, it
would have been reported by me and that should one be macie while I am here
1 will certainly report it. 1 was under the impression that I v\as tiansmitting
full telegraphic reports about events here to Your Excellency but I apologise
if I have recently omitted to do so through pressure of work or any other
reason. I beg at the same time that, if Your Excellency receives reports
about Busbire matters from secret Persian sources which have not already
been reported by me, Your Excellency will be kind enough to inform me in
order that, before matters go further, I can confirm or contradict them. In
my telegram No. 318 C., I replied to the telegram 230 from Your Excellency.
Addressed to His Britannic Majesty’s Minister, Tehran, and repeated to
Sir P. Cox, Basrah.

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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].

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1 volume (305 folios)
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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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