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File 4853/1912 ‘Persia. Military Attaché at Meshed.’

IOR/L/PS/10/317 : 1912-1924

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  • Title:
    File 4853/1912 ‘Persia. Military Attaché at Meshed.’
  • Collection Area: India Office Records and Private Papers
  • Reference: IOR/L/PS/10/317
  • Creation Date: 1912-1924
  • Extent and Access:

    1 volume (203 folios)

  • Language: English
  • Contents and Scope:

    Correspondence, minutes, and other papers, relating to the appointment and retention of a Military Attaché at Meshed, Persia [Mashhad, Iran]. Correspondence is exchanged between representatives of the India Office, Foreign Office, War Office, and the Army Department of the Viceroy (Government of India), and covers: the necessity of retaining a Military Attaché at Meshed; financial contributions from different government departments for the maintenance of the post; in 1913, the Foreign Office's desire to disassociate itself with maintenance of the post; in 1913, the Viceroy's proposal to appoint Captain Frank Graham Marsh of the 9th Ghurkha Rifles to the post of Military Attaché at Meshed; in 1918, Captain Marsh's replacement by Major Geoffrey Davis Pike, in the post of Military Agent in the Caucasus; proposals for the maintenance of additional personnel at Meshed, including wireless radio operators and transport personnel; in 1921, the War Office and Army Council's decision to withdraw financial support for the post; in 1922, the retention of a Military Attaché at Meshed on a reduced scale.

    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.

    Physical characteristics:

    Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 205; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto side of each folio.

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

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