File 3516/1914 Pt 14 'German War: Persia; general situation' [35v] (75/532)
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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As matters stand at present therefore we must continue to rely on these
two Chiefs and to afford them financial support. I propose following rough
programme till end of present financial year.
Pirst, subsidy to Kawam to defray cost of say 1,000 men as garrison at
Shiraz. If his men were withdrawn we could not m present circumstances
remain here a day. Second, subsidy to Soulet to defray cost of expedition
either of himself or one of his brothers to restore order in littoral districts and
on Bushire road. Third, subsidy to brotner of lllkhani to maintain oruer on
I cannot at present form even rough estimate as to amount of these sub
sidies, but as Uovernment of India endorsement asked for estimate of expenses
to end of present financial year, I propose putting it at £50,000. But before
replying to them I should like to know whether these proposals meet with
your approval and whether 1 may proceed to negotiate with Kawam and
Goulet on these lines. Germans as you know are spending money very freely
and if we intend to hold our own we must do likewise. Muds.
Minister is repeating gist of this telegram to Government of India
supporting my proposals. Muds.
Telegram P., No. R. 165, dated the 20th (received 21st) October 1915.
From—The Hon’blk Lieutenant-Colonel Sir P. Z. Cox, K.C.I.E., C.S.I., Political
Resident 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. , Kutelamarah,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
A reference is invited to my telegram No. K. 118 of the 14th instant and
also to the telegram just repeated to you in my telegram No. K. 164.^
Although telegram No. R. 164 deals not only with Bushire littoral hut
also with Bushire road, it was not repeated till two days after issue to Bushire
and after His Britannic Majesty’s Minister had informed Acting Consul that
proposals had been sent with his support to India direct.
In both cases the Besidency was short circuited and it will be noted that
the Government of India has now been addressed by O’Connor through the
Against human emotions Governments are proverbially proof but un
fortunately their servants are not, and failure of Government of India either
to vindicate position of Besidency and Consulate-General or to assert them
selves severely taxes self restraint of local officers who have year after vear
put up with O’Connor’s undisciplined and discourteous vagaries.
I beg very respectfully to be informed whether Government of India do
not now see their way to put a stop to these vagaries. I regret to worrv Gov
ernment now with sunk matters, but in my opinion what(?) is needed for present
purposes(?) is that official executive orders (to ?) O’Connor as an officer of Gov
ernment of India shou d .be issued by the Government of India through the
Resident instructing him to repeat all telegrams sent to His Brimnnle
Majesty’s Minister. Tehran, concerning politics fn Bars silimneously o ResB
dency and to address Government of India through the Residencv Bushire
a warning being sent to him to the effect that any further failure on his part
to carry out these instructions will be treated as grave insubordination P
botn of whom are familiar with O’Connor’s insnhordiwra foreign Office,
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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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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.
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