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File 3516/1914 Pt 14 'German War: Persia; general situation' [‎180r] (364/532)

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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. 106, dated (and received) the 3rd October 1915,
From— Major F. B. Prideaux, C.I.E., His Britannic Majesty’s Consul for Sistan
and Kain,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Simla.
On October 10th I propose leaving Birjand for Sistan. Daring the next
few months I think more questions of importance will come into prominence
at Sistan than in Birjand. Mr. New will remain here and will be in close
touch with the Governor, but if our troops are withdrawn, I think he will
eventually have to follow on to Sistan as the Germans seem likely to enter
Birjand in large numbers.
22
Telegram P., No. 603 C., dated (and received) the 3rd 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.
Please refer to your telegram No. 1002 S. I am inclined to think that
report must be incorrect, as Bahram Khan is busy near Mand and Sardar
Said Khan is at Geh and has apparently never left that place.
Bepeated to Basrah and Quetta.
23
Telegram P., No. 170, dated (and received) the 3rd October 1915.
From— Lieutenant-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.
24
No. 216 C., dated Birjand, the 13th (received 30th) September 1915.
From—M ajor F. B. Prideaux, C.I.E., His Britannic Majesty’s Consul for Sistan
and Kain, Birjand,
«ji 0 The Foreign Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Simla.
In continuation of my telegram No. 18 P., dated the 31st August 1915,
I have the honour to enclose a copy of my despatch No. 13 of to-day’s date
addressed to His Majesty’s Minister at Tehran which gives cover to a report
from Mr P E. Dormer of the Indo-European Telegraph Department, who is
attached’to this Consulate, regarding his expedition to Naiband in search of
news about the Germans.
Enclosure.
No. 13, dated Birjand, the 13th September 1915.
From—M ajor F. B. Prideaux, C.I.E., His Britannic Majesty’s Consul for Sistan
and Kain,
To—C. M. Mabuho, Esq, C.B., His Britannic Majerty's Envoy
Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary at the Court of Persia, Tehran.
German Emissaries.
I have the
12th September
honour to forward, for your perusal, a copy of a letter, dated the
1915, from Mr. P. E. Dormer of the Indo-European Telegraph

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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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English in Latin script
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