File 3516/1914 Pt 7 'German War: Persia' [121v] (247/519)
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 R,, dated the 13th (received 14th) May 1915.
jr rom The Hon’ble Lieutenant-Colonel Sie Peect Cox, K.C.I.E., C.S.I.,
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. , Basrah,
To The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
My telegram, No. 1093 B., 11th May.
Following from Shiraz, dated 12th May :—
Begins. A angman has informed me that owing to lack of funds gendarmes
have not been paid for four months and are showing signs of mutiny and that
therefore they cannot be trusted to escort bank treasure from Bushire to
In spite of want of money new recruits are being enlisted daily and
expedition which still remains at Kazerun involves extra cost of some eighty
Addressed Tehran ; repeated Basrah, Bushire. Ends.
Second telegram, dated 12th May :— Begins. Pravitz who leaves for
Tehran to-mon-ow has just called to inform me that orders have been (received)
from Tehran that Ears regiment gendarmerie is to proceed forthwith to Tehran.
They are to start 19th May, if possible. x
Addressed Tehran; repeated Basrah, Bushire.
Telegram P., No. 491 S., dated the 14th May 1915.
From—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
To—His Britannic Majesty's Minister, Tehran.
Is your telegram, No. 48, of the 8th instant identical with No. 161 to Sir
Percy Cox ? An immediate reply will greatly oblige.
Telegram P., No. S. 493, dated the 15th May 1915.
From—His Excellency the Viceroy, Simla,
To—His Majesty's Secretary of State for India, London (repeated to Sir P Cox
Persian situation. Please refer to Sir Cox’s telegrams, Nos. 1081 B.
to 1083 B., inclusive, of 10th instant.
Our policy should, until a rupture actually occurs, be to endeavour to
induce the Khans by friendly representation to prevent isolated attacks on
our Consulates and officers and to protect our interests generally. Bv disburse
ments of secret service money which we have already authoiised this attitude
can be encouraged.
My view is that, if unfortunately war with Persia should breakout, we
should leave Bushire hinterland and Ears severely alone, and merelv hold the
Bushire peninsula itself if we have the troops available. To commit ourselves
etther to Soulet or Ka warn in Ears, or to entangle ourselves in a mesh of inter
tribal intrigue in the Bushire hinterland, seems to me to be useless. Should
occasion arise and in the event of their extricating our Consul and his staff
from Shiraz, Kawam and Soulet might be given a liberal sum for service
rendered and be promised generally, in proportion to their services hereafter,
rewards and recognition. But only in the event of the outbreak of war should
such promises be given. We shall on the conclusion of war want to deal not
merely with Chiefs to whom we have committed ourselves but with de facto
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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.
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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 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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