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File 3516/1914 Pt 14 'German War: Persia; general situation' [‎21r] (46/532)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (261 folios). It was created in 8 Aug 1915-30 Nov 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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[This Document is the Property of Ms Britannic Majesty’s Government,
and should be retarned to the Foreign Office when don© with
unless required for officiaF umA ~ ” ~
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PERSIA . • ■ , - ,
► . POI.ITICAL .
DecypherMr. Marling (Teheran) November 24th,
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Dr 7r30 p.m,, November 24th 1915.
R. 12 noon November 25th 1915^
No. 481. , h..2$N0Vl915
My telegram No. 476. His Majesty's Consul at
Bashire reports *bhat O'Connor Bank Manager and Accoun
tant and Indo-European Telegraph Department Superinten
dent and (?another officer) together with I believe
consular escort are now in the hands of Tangstani Khans
who in exchange for their release demand
&
% 1- Release o^ Germans Listeman,Mel,Eisenhut,
and of Persian prisoners captured in rifling Bushire,
2. Restoration off certain monies belonging to two
of the Khans which had been sequestered at?. Imperial
*. . A
Bank of Persia during our occupation of Bushire.
3. Oeparture of all troops except ordinary consular
guard from Bushire. • i>
Trevor considers that these demands are inadmls-
jle and I agree with him generally except that I
I
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inink money might be perhaps eventually-restored (?sub-
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ject to any) sums deducted as compensation for people
who suffered during attack on Busnire.
I think it unlikely that captives will be mal
treated or pdt to death. Firstly because we are holding
more prisoners of war on whom to make reprisals and
secondly because Khans will wait to see what line Per
sian Government will take and will be afraid that Soulat
or Kawam will be charged to exact the penalty.
Persian Ministers confirm this view. They are send
ing strong messages (?to) Khans through Governors of
Ports of 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. and if found necessary the
Shah himself will intervene.
If our conversations tor the alliance make progress
I have no(sic) little doubt release will be effected and
meanwhile I think we should not make any concessions to
Khans. JJ ^
Persian Government have recalled Angmann Swedish
officer commanding at Pars.
Addressed to Foreign Office, repeated to India,
Bushire, Sir P. Cox,

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

The volume covers:

  • Attack on British Consulate at Ispahan, which resulted in the wounding of the Consul and the death of one of the Sowars employed as escorts at the Consulate.
  • German activity in Persia; movements of German agents.
  • Turkish officers in Persia.
  • Possible Russian occupation of north-western Persia.
  • Attitude of Persian Government and situation at Tehran and in the rest of Persia.
  • Information suggesting that maps of Persia, Afghanistan and Mesopotamia were made available by the Germans to the Turks.
  • Rumoured arrest of British Consul at Shiraz.
  • Appointment of Darya Begi as Governor of Gulf Ports.
  • Alarm caused by advance of Russian troops.
  • Evacuation of British Consul from Kermanshah.
  • Arrest of British subjects from Shiraz.
  • Demands of Khans in return for the release of Shiraz prisoners.

The volume’s principal correspondents are: Charles Marling, British Minister at Tehran; British Consuls at Kerman (C T Ducat), Sistan and Kain (Francis Beville Pridaux), Isfahan (G Grahame), Khorasan, Yazd, Lingeh [Bandar Lengeh] (W R Howson); 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. ; Arthur Prescott Trevor, Deputy 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. ; Foreign Secretary to the Government of India; Thomas William Holderness and Arthur Hirtzel, 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. ; War Office; Charles Hardinge, Viceroy of India; Walter Langley and Maurice de Bunsen, Foreign Office; War Office; George Buchanan, British Ambassador in Russia; Darya Begi; the American Embassy in London; the Adjutant General in India.

There is a letter in French, from the French Embassy in London; there is a translation of a newspaper article, from Jam-i-Jam.

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1 volume (261 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 for this description commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 263; 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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