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File 3516/1914 Pt 14 'German War: Persia; general situation' [‎36r] (76/532)

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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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89
Telegram P., No. 209, dated (and received) the 21st October 1915,
From—His Britannic Majesty's Consul, Kerman,
To—The Secretary the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart-
There is nothing to report.
90
Telegram R., No. 67, dated (and received) the 21st October 1915.
From Major W. F. T. O'Connor, C.I.E., His Britannic Majesty's Consul, Shiraz,
To —The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla. v
I am repeating your telegram No. 1063 S. to Minister. My reply
follows. J J
Addressed to .Foreign; repeated to Bushire.
92
Telegram P., No. 1263, dated (and received) the 22nd October 1915.
From—The Hon'ble the Chief Commissioner and Agent to the Governor-General ia
the North-West Frontier Province,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
One more European from Persia and a Punjabi Sikh from Kashmir are
reported by informer from Kabul to have joined German party in Kabul.
Amir and family are at Paghman for the Id festival. A firman A Persian word meaning a royal order or decree issued by a sovereign, used notably in the Ottoman Empire (sometimes written ‘phirmaund’). has been
issued by Amir to all Civil and Military Officers not to take leave for Id and
to remain at their posts until further orders. A pronouncement of some kind
is expected after the Id and my informant is remaining at Kabul to report
any further information that he may obtain. Ningrahar notables are for
bidden under pain of severe penalty to join or assist Mohmands according to a
belated firman A Persian word meaning a royal order or decree issued by a sovereign, used notably in the Ottoman Empire (sometimes written ‘phirmaund’). from Amir, dated September 11th, which was read out recently
by Governor of Jalalabad.
94
Telegram P., No. S. 1068, dated the 22ad October 1915.
From—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Simla,
To—The Hon'ble 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. , Basrah.
Kindly intimate what, if any, arrangements are in existence now at
Ispahan for obtaining news of German movements and other matters. It is
considered most important by Military authorities here that we should be
kept informed of Ispahan affairs. If necessary, will you consult Minister ?
95
Telegram P., No. 210, dated the 22nd October 1915.
From—L ieutenant-Colonel C. T. Ducat, His Britannic Majesty's Consul,
Kerman,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
There is nothing to report.

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Content

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.

Extent and format
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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