Trucial Oman Scouts (TOS)

FO 371/157037 1961

This file relates to the Trucial Oman Scouts (TOS). It contains correspondence concerning:

  • Letter from the Colonel commanding the TOS S L A Carter on the transport of civilian prisoners (21)
  • Letter from Carter on the case of the TOS soldier from Aden Saleh Bin Saleh accused of murder (22)
  • Agreement of the Colonial Secretary to the removal of Saleh to Aden (23)
  • Terms of service for Trucial States Gazetted Officers in the TOS [enclosed]; the form an announcement on this should take (24, 35)
  • Order of removal under the Colonial Prisoners Removal Act 1884 of Saleh (25)
  • Discussion between Ali Bustani and Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan about incidents concerning British troops serving in the area (26)
  • Accommodation for Arabs serving in the TOS at Sharjah and an attached programme of work; the final plans from the Headquarters in the Middle East (Aden) for Arab accommodation in the building programme at Sharjah for the TOS (27, 31)
  • Urgent need for documents to expedite the removal of Saleh to Aden (28)
  • Decision that Australian officers will not participate in proposed service in the Aden Protectorate Levies, the TOS and the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF), with it being unlikely that officers from New Zealand will participate either (29)
  • Successful trials of two Dodge Power Wagons for the TOS, with the request for 18 more; the Treasury’s agreement to the Foreign Office bearing half the cost (30, 34)
  • Notification of Concurrence from the Governor of Aden C M Johnston on the removal of Saleh to Aden (32)
  • Discussion with the Air Ministry on land tenure in Sharjah for the TOS building programme; a request from the War Office for copies of 1951 and 1960 agreements; the decision that the Ruler of Sharjah Sheikh Saqr Bin Sultan Al Qasimi should not be approached for special terms on the matter (33, 36, 40)
  • Need to press the War Office for progress on the Arab accommodation at Sharjah (37)
  • TOS administrative difficulties and the question of whether the Foreign Office should demand a say in policy or whether its share of costs should be reduced (38)
  • Review of the TOS’ role, organisation, establishment and administration, including its status as a foreign or local force (39)