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File 3443/1914 Pt 2 'German War: German emissaries to Afghanistan' [‎5v] (17/490)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (238 folios). It was created in 1 Jun 1915-21 Nov 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 P., No. 265, dated (and received) the 19th November l9lo.
From— His Britannic Majesty’s Consnl, Kerman, .
To-The Secretary to the Government of India in the Fomgn and Political
Department, Delhi.
There is nothing to report to-day.
Telegram P., No. 295-C., dated (and received) the 19th November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty’s Consul, Sistan, Ptobat,
To The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment, Delhi.
It seems from various telegraph departmental communications which I
have seen that Director of Persian Section, Tehran, Superintendent, Kerman,
anticipate Central Persian line, may be permanently put out of use at any
moment. If so, all the State traffic from Tehran will have to come through
Kobat, Sistan and Meshed.
There is only one Indian telegraph clerk at Eobat. At Sistan the two
English clerks are not paid by Telegraph Department but by this Consulate
for^which in addition to telegraphing they have always been doing all my
clerical confidential work. When Eobat-Sistan line was constructed I
practically lost altogether services of one clerk. If Central Persian line breaks
down I shall lose entire services of both clerks and without assistance they
will be unable to cope with the work for many days. Similarly there
appears urgent need for reinforcing Eobat. I understand that Persian section
is under-manned. It seems desirable if Indo-European Telegraph Department
clerks cannot be sent from Karachi that military signallers or Indiars should
be sent to both Eobat and Sistan. As the Persian Government presumably
will maintain their title to day hours, most of working hours will piobably be
at night. As there is only one clerk at Meshed now it appears that staff there
should also be increased.
Telegram P., No. 296-C., dated (and received) the 19th November 1915.
From—His Britannic Majesty’s Consul, Sistan, Robat,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political
Department, Delhi.
Mr. Medcalf, who has joined my office, was relieved of his duties by
Mr. Dormer, lately Telegraph Clerk in Sistan Consulate Inspectorship of
seventh sub-section (i.e., from Sistan to Bam).
The Officer Commanding, Sistan Column, has expressed a wish to have
Mr. Dormer brought on to the Indian Army Eeserve of Officers and attachecl
to his Porce. I enquired from the Director, Persian Section, through Hit;
Majesty’s Minister at Tehran if Mr. Dormer’s services could be spared. A
reply has been received from the Director to the effect that, provided no relief
is asked for and that Lovell or Medcalf is permitted to take over Inspectorship
of seventh sub-section, he has no objection.
To Medcalf resuming charge in addition to duties in Sistan I have no
objection and I would like to gratify wishes of Mr Dormer and the Officer

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The volume contains correspondence regarding the Persian Campaign of the First World War and the movements and activities of the Central Powers in Persia [Iran] between June and November 1915. The correspondence is particularly concerned with German and Ottoman attempts to infiltrate Afghanistan from Persia, and of ensuring the continued neutrality of both Afghanistan and Persia.

The primary correspondents are the British Legation, Tehran; the British Embassy, Petrograd [Saint Petersburg]; the Government of India; and the Foreign Office.

The volume contains a single folio in French (f 184), a communication from the Russian Ambassador in 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.

Extent and format
1 volume (238 folios)

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 first folio with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 238; 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 between ff 121-127, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

The foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers.

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English and French in Latin script
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