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File 3516/1914 Pt 14 'German War: Persia; general situation' [‎139r] (282/532)

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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 P., No. 619 C., dated the 8th (received 9th) October 1915.
From— Major A. P. Trevor, C.I.E., Deputy 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. ,
Bushire,
To-—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
I repeat following 2 telegrams under telegraphic instructions from Chief
Political Officer. ( 1 ) From our Consular Representative at Ahwaz, No. 123,
dated October 2nd:— Begins. Agent of Sheikh of Mohammerah at Zeydun
received from his son, who is in charge, following message: Begins. A
Kubgelu force is contemplating an attack on Bushire via Zedun which is in
league with them. Ends. Sent to Bushire, Basrah and Mohammerah. Ends.
(2) From British Consular Representative at Mohammerah, No. 201, dated
October 6 th. Begins. A spy who had been sent to Behbehan has just returned
and his report corroborates the news in detail with following addition. Leaders
of movement have given out that both Bakhtiari Chiefs are supporting them
especially Amir Mujaid, and that Bakbtiari force will arrive 20th of next
Mnhammedan month at Behbehan when advance will be made, further that
Shah had despatched instructions secretly to people to (fight ?) while Persian
Government remains neutral. Above is mentioned for what it is worth but
I think it represents common belief in B(ehbehan). My informant who is a
(Behbehani ?) is of opinion that Kuhgelus would not move without help of
Bakhtiaris.
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Telegram P., No. 620 C., dated the 8th (received 9th) October 1915.
Prom 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.
Please refer to my immediately preceding telegram. His Majesty’s Consul
at Ahwaz telegraphs as followsNo. 130, 6 th instant. Following vain-
able information regarding southern Bakhtiari districts has been obtained
through Soane who has been visiting there and posing as a German agent
Begins. Compared with Jang who appears to be the paramount figure
Hlkhani and lilbegi are cyphers. Amongst the people the feeling is pre
dominately anti-British and strongly pro-German.
Set impression is that eventually whenever Jang gives the word the
Bakhtiari will move against us. Regret is expressed that they were not
permitted by Jang to capture oil-fields this summer. Ends.
I arrive at the conclusion that in the event of a declaration being made
against us by Jang we may, even if Illkhani is with us, expect an attack on
the oil-fields and possibly on Ahwaz.
Repeated to Mohammerah, Bushire, Tehran, and addressed to Basrah.
170
Telegram P., No. S. 1036, dated the 9th October 1915.
From—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Simla,
T 0 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.
Under orders which have been received from His Majesty’s Secretary
of Slate for India, dated October 8 th, military authorities are being requested
to permit the new Governor to assume charge of administration at Bushire.
Repeated to Major Trevor, Bushire.

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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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