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File 1110/1916 Pt 3 'German War: Persia' [‎57r] (118/354)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (173 folios). It was created in 1916. 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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Colony in Tangistan, I have the honour to forward, for your information, a
Memorandum prepared by Vice-Consul Chick on Tangistan and its people,
and the reasons why severe measures should be taken against them.
I may be of interest to note that the rebellion of the past year is only the
climax of a long series of lawless acts. The tribe has learnt from past
experience that the Persian Government can he flouted with perfect impunity.
Should it learn as a result of this business that the British Government
can be treated in the same manner, I submit that the position of British
officials and other British residents in Bushire will become quite impossible.
In view of the telegrams which I have despatched from time to time, I
need hardly say that I am in hearty accord with Mr. Chick as to the urgent
necessity of punitive measures against the tribe. Provided that the arrears
of revenue were recovered and a fine in addition, the actual method of inflict
ing the punishment and its nature would have to be left to the Commander
of the troops. I am informed that a small mobile force of two battalions
infantry, one or two squadrons of cavalry and two mountain guns would he
quite sufficient to carry out the punishment, and as a matter of fact except
for the guns this force could be provided from the present garrison of Bushire.
I trust that as soon as the state of affairs in Mesopotamia permit, an
expedition against the tribe will be sanctioned.
I have the honour to he,
Your most obedient, humble servant,
A. P. Trevor, Major,
Acting Consul-General.
:Sir C. M. Marling, G.C.B., C.M.G.,
His Britannic Majesty’s Envoy Extraordinary
and Minister Plenipotentiary,
Beasons for the Punishment of Tangistan and Measures
The case against Tangistan.
The lawlessness of Tangistan has been proverbial in Southern Persia for
half a century, and more. When Bushire was governed by the Arab Shaikhs
there was only one quarter of the town, that farthest from Tangistan, which
did not suffer from their frequent raids. The southern face of the town was
walled, up to a comparatively recent date, as a defence against their depreda
tions : and the townspeople were unable to reside freely in the outlying parts
of the island. Under their Khan, the Tangistanis defended the fort at Beshire
against the British force in 1856, and most of the British casualties occurred
there, mainly owing to misuse of the white flag. In the march of General
Outram’s troops towards Chahkutah and Borasjun, the tribe, however, escaped
all punishment, their district lying to the South.
There are some 25 villages in the interior of the district, none of them,
save Abram, the principal one, possessing more than 200 habitations at the
present time, and most of them less than 50 j in addition there are a dozen
small hamlets on the coast. But the population has from long ago been made
up of different tribes, who are most prone to fight against one another, and
cherish blood feuds : one village will be on most bitter terms with its neigh
bour a rifle-shot away : and in many cases the same tribe, in the same village,
has split into settlements hostile to each other, and every opportunity is taken
to pay back old scores.

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The volume comprises telegrams, despatches, correspondence, memoranda, and notes, on miscellaneous topics relating to Persia, April to June 1916.

The discussion in the volume includes the following topics:

  • Decoration for the Persian Foreign Minister and Farman Farma for his military support of the British
  • Turkish advance and defeat on Kermanshah road
  • the Russian defeat and withdrawal towards Hamadan
  • the Russian advance on and defeat at Khanikin.

The volume contains correspondence between: the 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. ; HBM Minister, Tehran; the Viceroy; and the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, London.

The volume includes a divider which gives the subject number, the year the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 volume (173 folios)

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

The subject 1110 (Persia) consists of three volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/590-592. The volumes are divided into three parts, with each part comprising one 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 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.

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