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File 3516/1914 Pt 7 'German War: Persia' [‎117r] (238/519)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (257 folios). It was created in 20 Mar 1915-3 Dec 1915. 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. 420, dated (and received) the 7th May 1915.
From— Major A. P. Trbvor, C.I.E., Officer on Special duty 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 Depart
ment, Sim’a.
The Governor having received reliable report that a certain Haji Ali of
Tangak. a village on the isthmus to the main land, was quietly collecting
Tangistani ritiemen with a view to attack at Hesideney or making other
disturbances, determined to apprehend him and seat out riflemen and
gendarmerie to surprise him last night. His Excellency did not mention it
to me; first intimation being a brisk fusilade behind the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. early
morning 6th May. Surprise failed owing to gendarmerie deserting. This
morning Governor applied urgently to me for assistance of about 50 men.
It was unsatisfactory only receiving information and requests for assist
ance when the affair had been mismanaged, but as it seemed highly inadvis
able for the Governor’s men to be worsted by recalcitrant headman I asked
Officer Commanding Troops kindly to give assistance and he agreed.
Haji Ali was found in a strong position defying the Governor’s men and
indeed position seemed too strong for 50 men to take so reinforcements were
asked for. As these approached, Haji Ali and his men kept up a heavy fire on
them, but when they got near, he and his brother with some followers
attempted to break out but both were hit and wounded severely. Former was
removed by his followers to Imamzada shrine. Meanwhile village was rushed
by original party.
Our casualties were killed one sepoy, two wounded. Enemy casualties
were killed five or six and several wounded, besides two abovementioned.
Party of 50 men has been left in occupation of village for the present and post
established isthmus. Piquet line on the. isthmus will probably be necessary
for sometime to prevent surprises by hostile tribesmen from the mainland and
to guard against their surreptitious entry to island.
Addressed to British Minister, Tehran ; and repeated to Foreign Secretary
to the Government of India, Basrah and Shiraz.
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Telegram R , No. 166 C., dated (and received) the 7th May 1915.
From— Major A. P. Trevor, C.I.E., Officer on Special duty 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 Grovernment of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
My telegram, No. 63—420.
I reported matter in detail so that you should be in possession of facts if
complaints received.
A few days ago Officer Commanding Troops received a telegram that
balance of his regiment was being despatched to Bushire. At first I thought
increase of strength though welcome, undesirable m new °/ ° UtC ^’
hut the recent activities of Wassmuss and intrigues of the local Khans le d
increase almost indispensable.
In view of yesterday’s events I do not think Governor will raise any
objection.
Addresssed to Tehran; repeated to Basrah, Shiraz and Foreign.
* ®
Tele o’ram P., No. 167 C., dated the 7th (received 8th) May 1915.
From— Major. A. P. Trctob, C.I.E., Officer on Special duty 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. ,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depar.
ment, Simla. # ... . .
I have sent the following telegram to His Britannic Majesty s Mims er,
Tehran, and repeated it to Basrah and Shiraz: ^ ai
begins. No. 164 C. The Governor-General of Shiraz
the principal focus of intrigues and agitation against H J y
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The volume concerns the Persian Gendarmerie in southern Persia (Fars), and the pro-German feelings of the Swedish officers who were part of it.

The volume covers:

  • Accusations against Swedish officers employed by the Persian Gendarmerie in Fars, suggesting that they have been abandoning their neutrality to support German interests.
  • Anti British attitude of Swedish officers; request for their withdrawal.
  • Consignment of arms and ammunitions at Bushire, for the use of the Persian Gendarmerie.
  • List of Swedish officers in service for the Persian Gendarmerie.
  • Alleged intrigues by Major Previtz and other Swedish officers.
  • Conditions offered to the Swedish officers of the Gendarmerie for their withdrawal from Fars.
  • Proposed subvention for the Gendarmerie.
  • Situation at Tehran.

The volume’s principal correspondents are: Charles Hardinge, Viceroy 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. ; Walter Beaupre Townley and Charles Marling, British Ministers at Tehran; the Swedish Legation in London; Edward Grey, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs; Esme Howard, British Consul at Stockholm; Eyre Alexander Barby Wichart Crowe and Maurice de Bunsen, Foreign Office; 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. ; William Frederick Travers O'Connor, British Consul at Shiraz; George Buchanan, British Ambassador in Russia.

The volume contains some letters in French, from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and from Gustav Edwall and Gustav Hjalmar Previtz, Persian Gendarmerie.

Extent and format
1 volume (257 folios)
Arrangement

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

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 259; 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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