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File 3516/1914 Pt 14 'German War: Persia; general situation' [‎91r] (186/532)

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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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Telegram R., No. 633 C., dated (and received) the 13th October 1915.
From—MAJOR A. P. Trevor, C.I.E., 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.
Gulf, Bushire,
in the Persian
To The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart-
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My telegram, No. 627 0.
Directly we hand over here the customs, revenue will pass to control of
bank as before and none of it will be available for local administration. At
the same time general revenue is nil. When custom bouse handed over
business of Finance Department the balance was two tomans and except for
small sums from Bunder Abbas and Liagah no revenue has been collected
since. Needless to say none of hostile Khans has paid his revenue for years (?).
Consequently Darya Begi will be entirely without funds and will not be
able to carry on administration properly. I venture to suggest if we are giving
a loan to Persian Government or a monthly dole, that a portion of this should
be earmarked for Bushire administration. If we are not, I would suggest
custom-house director should be authorised to contribute a fixed sum monthly
towards local administration.
, Custom-house receipts are very large now, and balance should be enough
for interest on the loan ; but if it is not, the shareholders of bank, or whoever
get interest, will not be the only persons who are losing interest on their money
now a days.
Addressed Tehran ; sent to India, Basrah.
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Telegram R., No. 641 C., dated the 15th (received 16th) October 1915.
From— Major A. P. Trevor, C.I.E., 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 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.
My telegram 629 (627 ?) C. Letter received this afternoon from Darya
Begi saying that he will arrive at Shief to-night and Bushire to-morrow
morning. Military Governor (will ?) band over to him on arrival.
Addressed Tehran; repeated Foreign, Basrah, Shiraz.
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Telegram, No. 1166, dated (and received) the 18th October 1915.
From— Major A. P. Trevor, C.I.E., 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 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.
Clear the line. My telegram, dated 15th October, immediately preced
ing this. New Governor of Bushire arrived this morning and Government
was handed over, British flag being lowered and Persian Government flag
hoisted with due ceremony.
Addressed British Minister at Tehran; repeated Government of India,
Political Officer, Basrah, and British Consul at Shiraz.

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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.

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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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