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File 3516/1914 Pt 18 'German War: Persia; general situation - 1916' [‎88r] (186/368)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (175 folios). It was created in 17 Nov 1915-18 Feb 1916. It was written in English and French. 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 No. 2378-W., dated the 14th December 1915.
From—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political De
partment, Delhi,
To— Colonel Haig, Meshed.
Please send by post letters and note-book received at Turbat-i-Haidari
^ referred to in your diary 45 for the week ending 6th November.
211
Telegram P., No. 152-D. S., dated the 14th December 1915.
From—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Delhi,
To—His Britannic Majesty's Consul for Sistan and Kain.
(Repeated to His Majesty's Minister, Tehran.)
Witn reference to your telegram No. 295-C., of the 19th November,
Director, Persian Section at Tehran, states that present requirements will be met
by sending to Nasratabad two extra telegraphists. These will be despatched as
soon as possible. It may be possible to send more men for service on the
Meshed line in case of need.
212
Telegram dated the 18th (received 14th) December 1915,
From— Aga Shah Rookh Shah, Poona,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Delhi.
I read to-day brief account of the murder of my brother Aga Farrukh Shah
at Kerman, As full details not known, please wire me the same.
213
Telegram P., No. 75-C., dated (and received) the 14th December 1915.
From—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. 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,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Delhi.
(Repeated to Basrah.)
I have received telegraphic intimation from the Superintendent of Tele
graphs, Kerman, to the effect that the Postmaster at Bunder Abbas is
issuing instructions about letters as the Colony is evacuating the place. This
is the first intimation received here. In case the Government of India has
not heard direct, I (telegraph ?) the news to you.
214
Telegram, dated (and received) the 15th December 1915,
From—The Director, 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. Section, [Indo-European Telegraph Department,
Karachi,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Delhi.
Your message 38-13-Q.F. British Consul, Kerman, has not been
transmitted to Kerman. Kerman communicated with Bobat about 2 pm.
standard yesterday and we expected to get through during night but no reply
from him has been received. At noon on 13th clerk in charge Kerman informed
Kr. (Karachi ?) that they expected to leave for Sistan within couple of days.
Last night we were in communication with Sistan but unable get Meshed
owing to interruption. Wo last communicated with Tehran at 8-10 a m.
standard, yesterday via Sistan and Meshed,
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The volume concerns the situation in Persia during the First World War. The main focus is the Persian protests against violation of their country's neutrality, British and Russian responses to Persian nationalism, and their attempts to influence the Shah and the Majlis deputies during the events that happened in November 1915.

The volume covers:

  • Advance of Russian troops on Kashan and Tehran.
  • Situation at Kermanshah between August and November 1915.
  • Dismissal of Swedish Commandment of Gendarmerie.
  • Persian Gendarmerie.
  • Arrest of the British Consul at Shiraz by Le Comité National pour la protection de l'Indépendance Persane in November 1915.
  • German and Turkish interests.
  • United States Minister at Tehran's attitude.
  • 'Report on the seizure of the Shiraz Colony' (ff 130-132).
  • Terms proposed by Khans for release of British prisoners at Shiraz.
  • Situation in Bushire.
  • British Consulate at Bunder Abbas moved to Kerman.
  • Kerman branch of Imperial Bank of Persia reported to have been looted.
  • Russian operations on the Caucasian and Persian fronts.
  • Report of Vice Consul on the evacuation of Hamadan.
  • Prisoners at Bushire and Shiraz.
  • Intercepted letter from Wilhelm Wassmuss to Helmuth Listemann, regarding British prisoners at Bushire.
  • Events in the provinces.
  • Capture of Turkish Ambassador at Tehran by the Russians.

The volume’s principal correspondents are: Charles Marling, British Minister at Tehran; Esme Howard, British Ambassador to Sweden; Bertie of Thame, British Ambassador to Italy; Mohtashem-es-Sultaneh, Persian Commissioner on the Turco-Persian Frontier; Alfred Hamilton Grant, Foreign Secretary to the Government of India; 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. ; British Consuls at Yazd, Kerman (C T Ducat), Sistan and Kain (Francis Beville Pridaux), Batoum (P Stevens), Hamadan (N Patrick Cowan), Shiraz (William Frederick Trevors O'Connor) ; American Minister at Tehran; 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. ; Edward Grey, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs; Shaikh Hussein of Chahkutah; Imperial Bank of Persia.

There is a document in French, an ultimatum addressed to the British Consul at Shiraz by Le Comité National pour la protection de l'Indépendance Persane. There are newspaper extracts, from Jam-e Jam', Tazineh, Tiflisky Listok, and Hayat.

Extent and format
1 volume (175 folios)
Arrangement

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 175; 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. The foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers, nor does it include the leading and ending flyleaves.

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English and French in Latin script
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