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File 3516/1914 Pt 8 'German War: Persia' [‎45r] (94/434)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (213 folios). It was created in 16 Jul 1915-5 Nov 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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Locally I note that Sheikh Hussein Chahkutah has been by no means
discouraged by recent incident. He has had disseminated in Bushire leaflet
signed by himself giving a bombastic account of recent encounter resulting in.
death of two infidel officers without loss to themselves and calling upon all to
rise m jehad at tbe end of Ramazan and clear out Englishmen. This is the
gentleman who has frequently been received with friendship and hospitality in
Sabzabad Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. barracks.
Addressed to India, sent to Tehran and Bushire.
29
Telegram P., dated (and received) the 8th August 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—Ti e Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Departr
ment, Simla.
Urgent. Herewith copy of Marling’s No. 215 of 6th.
Please refer to your telegram No. 379 of the 5th instant. I had carefully
prepared a good press for occupation of Bushire and I have allowed it to be
announced as having taken place as you gave me no warning that it might be
postponed ; result has turned out to be cosiderably better than was hoped for.
That no action has been taken by us, cannot of course be kept dark, and there
will be a deplorable reaction as soon as news becomes public. Will it not be
possible for you to arrange for occupation of Bushire by to-morrow, Saturday,
without waiting for the co-operation of H. M. S. “Juno”.
The bombardment of Dilwar is quite a secondary consideration. Ad
dressed Trevor; repeated Cox.
30
Telegram P., No. 386 C., dated (and received) the 8th August 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 Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart-'
ment, Simla.
Urgent. Please refer to your telegram No. 245 of the 6th instant. I
beg to draw attention of Your Excellency to my telegram, dated August 4th,
No. 374 C., in which I informed you that physical condition of the men of
H. M. S. “Juno” would involve some delay.
Your telegram w r as only received by me about 1 a.m. on Saturday, and I
at once communicated with the Officer Commanding troops at Bushire who says
that there is no time this morning to arrange for occupation, and that he must
carry out his plans in the morning and not late in the day. If second condi
tion is -an essential one, I agree w ith him that there is no time to arrange details
in time for Bushire to be occupied this morning.
The Officer Commanding is telegraphing to military authorities at Basrah
for permission to occupy Bushire on Sunday morning, and I am meanwhile
asking the Assistant Superintendent of Telegraphs not to allow the Persian
Office to use the wires on pretext of interruption having occurred.
Addressed to Marling; repeated to Cox.
From— Major A. P. Trevor, G.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. ,
Bushirc,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Simla.
Urgent. Herewith copy No. 1567 B. from Cox :— Begins. Clear line*
Telegram No. 245. Authorities concerned have directed compliance. Ends.

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Content

The volume concerns the situation in Persia during the First World War. The main focus is the plan for the British occupation of Bushire.

The volume covers:

  • Measures to be taken at 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. Ports in case of armed intervention against Persia, issued by the Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief for East Indies.
  • German activities;.
  • Relations between Persia and the 'Entente Powers': appeal of Persian Government to French Government for support and withdrawal of British and Russian forces from Persia.
  • Plans for occupation of Bushire.
  • Plans to dispatch troops from Force 'D'.
  • Relations with Haidar Khan, chief of Hayat Daoud [Ḥayāt-dāwudi] tribe.
  • Censorship of Persian mails from Bushire and Bandar Abbas.
  • Proposed deportation to India of Governor of Gulf Ports.
  • Evacuation of British Consul and community from Shiraz.
  • Attack on British Consul at Isfahan.
  • Relations with Persian Government.
  • Proposed ultimatum to Persian Government, rejected to protect the Anglo-Persian Oil Company pipeline.
  • Restoration of Persian authority at Bushire and termination of British occupation in September 1915.
  • Imperial Bank of Persia's report on the political situation in Bushire (ff 16-18).

The volume’s principal correspondents are: William Graham Greene and W F Nicholson, Admiralty; Charles Marling, British Minister at Tehran; 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. ; Eyre Alexander Barby Wichart Crowe and Maurice de Bunsen, Foreign Office; 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, 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. ; Edward Grey, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs; the Persian Foreign Minister; Alfred Hamilton Grant, Foreign Secretary to the Government of India; Imperial Bank of Persia.

There are documents in French, from the French Embassy in London.

There is a map within the file, showing ' Tribal districts between Arabistan and Bushire' (folio 135).

Extent and format
1 volume (213 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 for this description commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 215; 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.

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