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File 3360/1916 Pt 1 'Persian correspondence (1916-17)' [‎10r] (24/804)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (398 folios). It was created in 1916-1917. 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 K| No. 1040-S., dated the 18th October 1917.
From The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Simla,
To—The 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. , Baghdad.
Secretary of State’s telegram, 16th October. Please expedite despatch of
German decoration asked for therein.
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Telegram P., No. 4435, dated the 19th (received 20th) October 1917.
From—The 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. , Baghdad,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla (repeated to Secretary of State, London).
Am now despatching decoration. Had hesitated to commit it to ordinary
mail under present conditions.
This is with reference to your telegram lOHLS. and Secretary of State’s
telegram, 16 th.
110
Telegram P., No. 350-F., dated the 21st (received 22nd) October 1917.
From—His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
I was sent word by President of the Council this morning that Govern
ment is anxious to prevent Odeiduila Effendi frofn making mischief and that
they hoped to induce him to leave Persia. They inquired whether I Agreed to
his repatriation to Russia (or ?) Sweden. Railing this they would like to
intern him, and the .difficulty is that he is living at the Turkish Embassy.
I said former alternative seemed preferable and I would ask my Russian
colleague if his Government would give a safe conduct. Russian Minister is
asking his Government to give it.
Cabinet is still working hut its fall seems imminent. Mushir-ed-Dowleh
could find no support and abandoned his attempt almost at once. Combina
tion of Ain-ed-Dowieh and Yosugh which seems probable would suit us.
Addressed Foreign Office, London; repeated Petrograd and Cox.
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(Received with Army Department memorandum No. 15836, dated the 20th October 1917.)
Telegram, No. 70375, dated the 17th October 1917.
From—The Chief of the General Staff, Simla,
r His Britannic Majesty’s Minister, Tehran.
T 3 Sir Percy Sykes, Shiraz.
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') His Britannic Majesty’s Consul-General, Meshed.
(^Colonel Rkdl, Meshed, (hi dear.)
Continuation my No. 68672 of 10th October. Situation Mesopotamia
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(Received with Army Department memorandum No. 15955, dated the 23rd October 1917.) .
Telegram P., No. 141—-4-A., dated the 19th (received 20th) October 1917.
From—The General Staff, South Persia Rifles, Shiraz,
To—The Minister, Tehran, and Chief of the General Staff, Simla (repeated Brigade,
Kerman).
On October 8th a small caravan proceeding from Saidabad to Nim esoort-
ed by 30 Rajputs under an Indian officer was attacked by a d i
sians two miles east of Chah Heabad (? Chah Arbab) between khairabal and
Bishneh. We had no c isualties, two enemy wounded were eaiuea j
matter is being investigated—Indian officer asserts that a nuope t i
a forage cap accompanied by several sowafs was with the e.u* uj.
/fieation of Persians not established.
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j OCT 1917 |
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Content

The volume comprises telegrams, despatches, correspondence, and memoranda, comprising miscellaneous correspondence on British involvement in Persia in the period 1916-17.

Topics discussed include:

  • the activities of the German Vice-Consul, Bushire, Wilhelm Wassmuss, including reports of an attack on him (folio 312)
  • an account of the escape of German and Austrian prisoners (folio 281)
  • translations of letters from German prisoners transferred from Shiraz to Russia (ff 43-48) including a translation of Dr Zugmeyer's diary
  • discussion of German and Russian activities in Persia
  • tables, statistics and reports on troop numbers and weaponry, deployments, military engagements and casualties
  • British relations with local chiefs and their dealings with the Germans and Russians
  • transcripts of local newspaper articles on various topics including the Russian Revolution (folio 136v)
  • discussion of money required to pay to tribes
  • miscellaneous Army Department memoranda
  • general reports on the political and military situation in Persia including the 'Bakhtiari country' (ff 320-321)

The file is mainly divided into sections on events by weekly date period. Correspondents include: the Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Department; HBM Minister, Tehran (Sir Charles Marling); HBM Consul, Bundar Abbas [Bandar Abbas]; HBM Consul, Shiraz; HM Consul-General, Meshed; HM Consul for Kerman and Persian Baluchistan, (David Lockhart Robertson Lorimer); HBM Vice-Consul, Ahwaz (Captain Edward Noel); HM Consul-General, Isfahan; General Officer Commanding, Sistan Field Force; The General Staff, South Persia Rifles, Shiraz; the Inspector-General, South Persia Rifles (Brigadier-General Sir Percy Molesworth Sykes); Chief of the General Staff, Simla; Chief of the Imperial General Staff, London; the 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; and the 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. , Bushire.

Each part includes a divider which gives the subject and part numbers, the year the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references contained in that part by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

Extent and format
1 volume (398 folios)
Arrangement

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file. The subject 3360 (Persian Correspondence) consists of three volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/612-614. The volumes are divided into three parts, with each part comprising 1 volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 400; 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out

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