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File 3516/1914 Pt 14 'German War: Persia; general situation' [‎253r] (510/532)

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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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ISFAHAN,
6th. September 1915.
From Resaidar Malik Rat Fawaz Khan,
To His Britannic Majesty’s Consul General.
On 2nd September in the morning when I was getting
ready for parade, Dafadar Shahbud din Khan reported to
me that some one had fired upon and wounded His Britannic
Majesty’s Consul General and Sowar Chowdri Khan. I
immediately ordered my men to fall in. I went to the
Consulate gate and at that very moment the Consul General
reached the Consulate, informing me that Chowdri Khan had
been fired on and Sowar Painda Khan had been sent to
Telegraph Office and orders were given to search for
Sowars Painda Khan and Chowdri Khan.
Sowar Khan Mohamed Khan was the first to be ready
at the gate and to ask permission to go and search for
Sowar Chowdri Khan and having obtained permission he left
the Consulate all alone.
The rest of the Sowars were divided into two and
sent out to search for Chowdri Khan. Sowar Khan Mohamed
Khan regardless of dangers, had already found Sowar
Chowdri Khan, wounded, though still alive and had lifted
hiiji up in his arms. Sowar Chowdri Khan had asked hup,
"I am done for, but where and how is the Consul Genera^?".
Bowar Khan Mohamed Khan had replied that the Consul
General was slightly wounded hut safe in the Consulate.
On hearing that the Consul General was safe, Sowar
Chowdri Khan could only thank and praise God and said
"Ho matter if I die so long as the Consul General is safe”.
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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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