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File 3516/1914 Pt 14 'German War: Persia; general situation' [‎36v] (77/532)

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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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96
rr i cram R No 661 C., dated the 22nd (received 23rd) October 1915.
F wm— Major A. P. Teevob, C.I.E., Deputy Political Eesideut in the Pers.au Gulf,
To-The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart- ^
ment, Simla. rece j ve d from Shiraz ■.—Becjins. Reference
Following telegram, No. did, rece »eu
Government of India telegram No. lObd S.
Question of future expenditure in Fars.
As (directed ?) I have submitted proposals for subsidising Kawam
and crier « ena^e th^n to ^ and maintmu o^in
£“~T»««>—S 1 rit: jzsrs
'f^funds LioTnaUy sanctioned by His Majesty’s Government for use
of gendarmerie, in order to enable former to perform duties which we can
no longer safely entrust to latter. It would appear Irom telegram under
reference that Government of India is not prepared to include such charges
m der the heading “ secret service”, and i would therefore request you
ktadlv to take question of necessary funds in this connection in o
consideration. As already reported, 1 have not yet had opportunity
of ascertaining views of two lllkhanis regarding whom 1 (telegraphed f
but T hope to be able to submit definite proposals during course ot
next few days. The sum mentioned in my telegram No. 39o rs maxrmum and
I believe thirty thousand pounds should actually the f) (sulficrent ?) fig“> e -
In view of fact that His Majesty’s Government were prepared to provide fitly
thousand pounds for gendarmerie of Fars, they will pernaps agree to devote
this or lesser sum to subsidising of the two llikhani in execution of proposed
programme. Addressed to Tehran; repeated to Busline, wuo will please repeat
to (iovemment ot ludia and Cox. October 2lst. J^uds>
Addressed to Foreign ; repeated to Cox.
97
Telegram R., No. R. 175, dated the 22nd (received 23-rd) October 1915.
From—The Hon’ble lueutenant-Colonel Sir, P. Z. Cox, K.C.I.E., C.S.L,
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 the Persian Calf,
To—The Secretary to tho Covernment of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla, tjfl*) ^ C V)
Your telegram No. 1063 and my telegram No. 165 R,.
As regards Gulf littoral 1 am grateful, but 1 beg to remind Government
that Resident is Consul-General for Pars and has a right to expect that ail
telegrams regarding Dusbire road or Fars atfairs, which must clearly ailect or
interest Rushire authorities, should be repeated to Rushire, and that Govern
ment of India should ordinarily be addressed through Rushire or, in urgent
cases, direct.
1 only cited “ Gulf littoral ” as an extreme case.
Addressed to Government of India ; repeated to Rushire, who will please
quote to Gov ernment dates and put port or orders which 1 think have issued
to Suiraz on the subject in the past.
98
Telegram P., No. 6 F., dated the 21st ^received via Robat 23rd) October 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Consul-General and Agent to the Government of
India in Khorasan, Meshed,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
In assisting prisoners to escape in disguise to Persia from Russia, Persian
officials and perhaps Persian Government are in agreement with the Turkish

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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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