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File 3516/1914 Pt 6 'German War: Persia; general situation May-July 1915' [‎185v] (377/484)

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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 P., No. 338 S., dated the 6th April 1915.
From—The Secretary to the Goyernment of India in the Foreign and Political
Dapartment, Simla,
rj! 0 __jpij e Hon’ble Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Percy Cox, K.C.I.E., C.S.I., Political ^
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.
[Repeated to (1) His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran. (2) Lieutenant-
Colonel S. G. Knox, C.I.E., Bushire.J
Please refer to correspondence ending with your telegram, 4th instant,
No. 745 B., Hyder Khan.
Instructions to following effect have issued to General Nixon : “Whilst
His Excellency the Gommander-in-Chief desires you to discuss the question
thoroughly with Colonel Knox, the following objections to getting entangled on
the mainland must be kept in mind. To fight the battles of local chiefs or to
interfere in tribal quarrels is not our policy. Any rupture with lersia or
breach of her neutrality likely to result in a rupture is to be carefully avoided,
and it is necessary to prevent being drawn into a diversion except as ma y be
necessary for the protection of British property and life at Bushire. With
the exception of 96th Infantry no troops without reference to me should be
landed. ,,
/£.
Telegram P., dated the 6th April 1915.
From—His Excellency the Viceroy, Simla,
To—His Majesty's Secretary of State for India, London.
Hyder Khan. Please refer to Sir P. Cox’s telegram of 3rd instant,
No. 742 B.
Sir P. Cox on the 4th instant telegraphed that Hyder Khan of Hiaut
Hand was, because of his services to us, threatened both by Borasjun confederacy
in East and from Arabistan on West, and he urged that General Nixon,
who is expected to arrive at Bushire on the 5th or 6th instant, should, after
discussing the matter with Colonel Knox, take necessary action in support of
Hyder Khan. Instructions have, after full consideration, been issued to
General Nixon to discuss situation with Colonel Knox but not to land any
troops without making a reference to Government of India. It has been
explained to him that it is not our policy to fight battles of local chiefs or
interfere in tribal quarrels, that we must endeavour to avoid any breach of
neutrality likely to lead to rupture with Persia and that we must not be drawn
into diversion unless forced to do so for protection at Bushire of British property
and life.
Telegram P., dated the 6th April 1915.
From—His Excellency the Viceroy, Simla,
To—His Majesty's Secretary of State for India, London.
Reports from Basrah indicate that the concentration of Turkish forces
against Basrah is nearly completed and that within ten days an attack is
expected. Fifteen Germans, of whom five are officers and ten artillery
sergeants, are said to be with the enemy. New Turkish Commander is said
to have arrived at the Turkish camp above Kurnah ; also one aeroplane.
Telegram R., No. 748 B., dated (and received) the 5th April 1915.
From—The Hon'ble Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Percy Cox, K.C.I.E., C.S.I., Political
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.
Please see reference in Reuter (telegram) of 3rd April, regarding attitude
of Italian Government in regard to German mission to Abyssinia.

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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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