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File 3104/1915 Pt 2 ‘German War: conquered territory: status: question of trading; looting, etc., of goods by Turks’ [‎45r] (94/493)

The record is made up of 1 volume (241 folios). It was created in 12 Mar 1915-30 May 1918. 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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S. L.Behrens (Manchester) Limited.
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ECONOMIST.
V WESTERN UNION.
1991 CENTRAL.
The Under Secretary of State,
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. ,
WHITEHALL.
Sir,
We have been informed that a'Controller was appointed some
time ago at Basra, Persia, for the winding up of the affairs of Robert
Wonckhaus and Company, Hamburg, who had branch Houses in the Persian
Gulf.
We sold them certain goods, and shipped to this firm in
July/1914, to the value of about £900. These have not been paid for^
as we understand that the Controller at Basra is prepared to deal wit:
matters of this sort, we purpose sending our claim forward to him, and
shall feel obliged if you will kindly let us know whom we are to
address. The matter has been in abeyance until now as we were not
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aware that a Controller had been appointed. We may mention that we hs, i
a similar cases with the firm of William O'Swald and Company,Hamburg, e
through the intervention of the Controller appointed in Zanzibar for |
that firm’s affairs, we recovered what was due toius, and desire to, iy
posslde, bills m«Vt«»T> of * Ho Hoht d.\u> Uy Won^khftug and
Company, settled in a similar manner.
Yours faithfully,
For:- S.L. BEHRENS (MANCHESTER) LTD.,
Director

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Correspondence and papers concerning trade in those parts of Mesopotamia [Iraq] under British military administration during the First World War. Subjects covered include: the resumption of trade between Britain and traders at Basra; claims by British firms for the losses of goods looted or destroyed at Baghdad and Basra by Turkish troops during the initial British invasion of Mesopotamia in 1914; the British Government’s response to claims made by British firms in Mesopotamia over losses incurred during the War; correspondence concerning the seizure and consequent liquidation of enemy (i.e. German and Austrian) commercial interests 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. , with specific reference to the German firm Robert Wönckhaus & Company; statements of balances of enemy commercial concerns seized by British forces for September 1916 (ff 116-117) and December 1916 (ff 79-80); the payment of funds from the assets of Robert Wönckhaus & Company, to employees of the firm interned as prisoners of war at Ahmednagar, India; representations made by the French ambassador to London on behalf of a French firm that had 180,000 Francs held in the Ottoman Bank, Baghdad.

The file’s principal correspondents include: the Chief Political Officer of Indian Expeditionary Force D, Percy Zachariah Cox; the Foreign Office; the 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. ; the Foreign and Political Department of the Government of India.

Several items of correspondence in the volume are written in French.

The file 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 (241 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

The subject 3104 (German War: conquered territory, Mesopotamia: trade) consists of 9 volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/564-572. The volumes are divided into ten parts, with parts 1 to 8 comprising one volume each, and parts 9 and 10 comprising the last 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 243; 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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