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File 3516/1914 Pt 14 'German War: Persia; general situation' [‎222v] (449/532)

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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. 229
2S1
C , dated (and received) the 24th September 1915.
j? rom _His Britannic Majesty’s Consul for Sistan and Kain,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
Please refer to your telegram No. 977 S. of the 22nd instant. Prom
the time of Colonel Dale’s arrival I have been acting in Birjand as now directed
except that until recently my advice and information have been given not to
Colonel Wikeley but to Colonel Dale as originally latter was given by the former
a tolerably free hand in regard to operations in Kainat against small parties
of Germans and was allowed to correspond direct with Russian Colonel. I am
authorised by Colonel Dale to send you following statement which was written
by him :—“ Though I acknowledge the invaluable nature of the advice and
information given by His Britannic Majesty’s Consul on no occassion have I
acted otherwise than on my own judgment for which I am alone responsible. ”
No requisition has ever been made by me to the Commanding Officer to
send troops anywhere.
I quote the following telegram which was spontaneously sent by Colonel
TVikeley to me on the 14th instant to prove that he has been apparently been
in full accord with our views.
“ With a view to escaping across the Lut do you think that the German
party may try to use Duroh-Shusp road? If so, 1 would send 50 men to Neh.
Is Duroh being watched by any one ? ”
I sent the following reply to this—“ There is a news-writer of ours in
Duroh. This German (party ?) will I think go further south than Sar Chah—
nothing has been reported by my men at Ahwaz, Tabas and Gazik. ”
283
Telegram R., No. 2163 B., dated (and received) the 24th September 1915.
From—The Hon’ble Lieutenant-Colonel Sir P. Z. Cox, K.C.I.E., C.S.L, Poli
tical 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,
To The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
Following from Tehran No. 305:— Begins. Following from Grahame at
Chigakhor (Musa?) may interest you. September 17th. On arrival at
Shalamzar received letters from Muhtasham requesting our presence at
S) ig^khor where (?) C. and I came September 18th morning leaving caravan of
British subjects and escort in Shalamzar to join us September 19th at Naghun.
At Chigakhor found German Consul with Austrian soldiers and Persian
sowars installed since the previous evening.
Amir Jang was at pains to explain this party (which left Ispahan some
hours before us) had intended visiting Soulet but learning at Paradumba that
he had started south decided to pay surprise visit to Chigakhor. It is common
talk m camp that Germans prepared (to) pay Khans any sum to fall in with
ibem It is said that Germans intend to return to Ispahan. Length of their
stay here unknown. °
f , rlentlly c °nyemtion this morning, September ] 8th, with Amir
-p n T d al t e ™°°n with Muhtasham in presence of former and Sardar
following results^— ari ° US “ HiS ExoelleDc y’ s consideration with
person ^ t0 SeIUl Bakhtiari S" ard ™ d cr responsible
peison io cnei ompany ns to oil concession. A
f J 2 -* B ? end A , nilr Jan S to oil Concession to carry on (?) there latters term
of office having only one month to run unless Khans in Tehran a'ree to h“
remaining in office. Jang himself very keen to go. Cox and voS (arel both
keen on this. Perhaps possible to arrange it in Tehran ^ 1 “

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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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