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File 3516/1914 Pt 6 'German War: Persia; general situation May-July 1915' [‎185r] (376/484)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (237 folios). It was created in 1 Apr 1915-16 Jul 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, dated the 2Cth March 1915.
From—The Signaller, Borasjun,
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. , Bushire.
,, ^ ( ' ir( -' ular written and sent apparently from Bushire to Haji Ismail of
the Sefa Company reporting that the British forces at Ahwaz had been
f a i ? 9 n y n viT U / a ? d n d o rl T 0ut ? f Ahwaz - aa d that the British lost
about 1,200 killed an d 12 offlecrs and 160 men taken prisoners, and 12 guns
and quantity of ammunition, &e captured. This circular was put in a coyer
addressed to Ghazanfar Saltaneh and handed to a dumb hoy to deliver. A
certain party here seeing the cover in the boy’s possession took him to" his
house, opened the cover and read the contents. He closed it up a<rain and
returned it to the boy, who eventually delivered it to Ghazanfar °
Telegram, dated the 20th March 1915.
From—The Signaller, Borasjun,
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. , Bushire.
Captain Oertengren returned to Borasjun this morning. Information
that I have been able to gather is that he went to Sadabad and interviewed
Ismail Khan. He expounded the urgent necessity of his making peace with
Ghazanfar and then went on to say that as tiie British were not^observino* the
neutrality of Persia all the Khans should join hands and get ready to protect
interests of Persia in the South, and that, should it be necessary, help could be
obtained from the North. He said that we all know that the Persian Govern
ment has no standing army to protect her rights, hence the necessity of imme
diate co-operation of all the Khans in upholding the rights and safety of
Persia. Ismail Khan replied (apparently ironically) that Ghazanfar was
chief and leader of the Khans in the South, and that, if necessity arose, he
should lead the cause and we would follow him. Special messenger has
been despatched to-day, and on his return I will wire his version if his
report does not corroborate this.
Report of Agha Mohsin's (Consular Dragoman) wool buyer, sent as secret agent to
Shahbancara, dated the 24th March 1915.
On Saturday last (20th March) the agent met the gendarmerie party near
Khushab, numbering 25 gendarmes, one Swedish officer, and three Persian
Officers; they were coming to Bushire after calling Sa’adabad.
On Sunday, when the agent arrived at Sa’adabad he obtained information
from Kerblai Ismail, the servant of Ismail Khan of Shahbancara, that the
officer of the gendarmerie during an interview with Ismail Khan on the
previous day had obtained from the latter (Ismail Khan) a written promise
binding himself to be obedient and act in whatever way the gendarmerie
officers ordered him to do.
The agent also heard at Sa’adabad that the gendarmerie intend to make an
attack on Bundar Rig with the help of Ismail Khan, Ghazanfar-us-Saltaneh
(Borasjun), Zair Khadar of Tangistan, Sheikh Husain of Chahkutah, Rais Ali
of Dilwar and a certain number of men from Dashti. The agent heard at
Ahmedi that there is an appointment for Ghazanfar, Zair Khadar, Sheikh
Husain Khan and a representative of Ismail Khan, all to proceed and meet
each ether at Chahkutah and consult with each other how to go to Bundar Rig
and further to take an oath that they will always remain friends and in good
terms.

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The volume concerns events that happened in Persia and Balochistan, during the First World War. The main focus is measures to be taken in the event of Persia entering the War against Great Britain.

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The volume’s principal correspondents are: Charles Hardinge, Viceroy 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. ; 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. ; Walter Gordon Neale, Assistant 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. ; Walter Beaupre Townley and Charles Marling, British Ministers at Tehran; W MacDouall, British Consul for Kermanshah; G Grahame, British Consul-General at Isfahan, Eyre Alexander Barby Wichart Crowe, Foreign Office; Edward Grey, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs; John Nixon, General Officer Commanding, Force 'D', Basrah; the Admiralty; Imperial Bank of Persia; Anglo-Persian Oil Company; Strick, Scott and Co.

There is a newspaper cutting, from The Times .

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1 volume (237 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 239; 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. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 3-237; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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