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File 3360/1916 Pt 1 'Persian correspondence (1916-17)' [‎41r] (86/804)

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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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(Received witH Army Department memorandum No. 11773, dated the 9th August 1917.)
Telegram P., No. 998-S. C., dated the 5th (received 6th) August 1917.
From—The Officer Commanding, Sistan, Kacha,
To—The Chief of the General Staff, Simla (repeated General Officer Commanding,
With reference to my telegram, No. 833-S. C., dated 8th ultimo.
The two suspicious persons have arrived at Birjand. One is a man, sixty
years of age, who calls himself Yusuf Beg, and the other is a boy, aged fifteen
years. They lay claim to be natives of the Deccan and it is reported that
Russian Consular Agent and Bank Manager of that place has confirmed their
statements. A proposition to send them to Meshed has been made by the
Russian Vice-Consul, Birjand.
122
(Received with Army Department memorandum No. 11773, dated the 9th August 1917.)
Telegram P., No. 1006-S. C., dated (and received) the 6th August 1917.
From—The Officer Commanding, Sistan, Kacha,
To—The Chief of the General Staff, Simla (repeated General Officer Commanding,
Division Quetta ; Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Chagai).
It appears from my recent tour to Khwash with the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. ,
Chagai, that the political situation in Sarhad is most favourable. Levies only
can garrison the Sangun post. I therefore propose withdrawing for the
present the detachment 19th Punjabis from Sangun to Kacha. About the
middle of this month the move will take place.
123
Telegram P., No. 282-F., dated the 13th (received 14th) August 1917.
From—His Britannic Majesty’s Minister, Tehran,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
Government has displayed unexpected energy and arrested seven persons
implicated in recent political assassinations.
This is with reference to my telegram No, 270.
Addressed London Foreign Office.
Telegram P., No. 881-S., dated the 14th August 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 (repeated to Tehran and
Ahwaz).
Please telegraph how matters stand in Bakhtiari country. We have had
rumours of unrest but no official news for some time.
126
(Received with Army Department memorandum No. 11909, dated the 11th August 1917.)
Clear telegram, No. 53746, dated the 8th August 1917.
From—The Commander-in-Chief in India, Simla,
r Minister, Tehran,
m \ Consul, Sistan.
10 ) Sir P. Sykes, Shiraz.
(_ Lieutenant-Colonel Redl, Meshed.
Continuation my 52192, dated 1st August 1917. Mesopotamia. Situation
unchanged.

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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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