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File 3516/1914 Pt 14 'German War: Persia; general situation' [‎136v] (277/532)

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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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Programme was to drive British out of Pars altogether, and to kill Consul,
and had It not been for the assistance rendered by the Kawam and his son it
must have succeeded. In my telegram No. 353, I have given a general outline
of the measures taken by them which have hitherto been a complete
success and have (been) (? our salvation) at least temporarily. As to
future we must continue to rely on support of Kawam and I hope of Soulet
j if we wish to remain Shiraz. The situation here is still far from satisfactory,
and the agitation would, were Kawam to withdraw his force, immediately
revive and our position would be made untenable. The friendly co-operation
of two Chiefs should, I therefore propose, continue to be invited and paid for.
Of the measures proposed and taken I will keep Minister fully informed.
Under the authority conveyed in your telegram No, 327 D. S. to Sir P.
Cox funds have hitherto been obtained by bill(s) (of exchange) on Bushire.
Except the last twenty thousand tomans which, at the request of Bank
Manager, I drew on Minister and have requested Minister to adjust the
amount in exchange with the Government of India. Accounts of all expendi
ture have been kept and will be submitted in accordance with your telegram
No. 774 S. Hoads are safe. Ends.
48
Telegram P., No. 184, dated (and received) the 9th October 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty’s Consul at Kerman,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
There is nothing to report.
49
Telegram P., No. S. 1032, (fated the 8th 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.
Bakhtiaris. Please see your telegram No. E. 34, dated 27th ultimo.
On the 6 th instant the Secretary of State telegraphed as followsThe
lollowing instructions were sent * * • * *
Bakhtiari candidates among others. M
Telegram P., No. 185, dated (and received) the 10th October 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty’s Consul at Kerman,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla. r
Tbe party of Germans, which took their departure iu the direction c
ThTieKe 0 LiZ t0 ^ ”
Bepeated to Tehran, Birjand and Bushire.
52
Telegram P., No. 619 C., dated the 8th (received 9th) October 1915.
rom— 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. ,
To-The Secretaryjo the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart-
PolitLSofficer °7li S rrnn leSra r S un i er instructions from Chi
oliticat Omcer. ( 1 ) From our Consular Representative at Ahwaz, No. 12

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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.

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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