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The Patons in Belgium
1916 - 1918
 
Documentary evidence recording the life of the surviving Patons in Brussels after the death of David Hepburn Paton, as held at the National Archives in London
 
In 2004, a series of letters were discovered at the National Archives in Kew, London, which record the efforts of the British, American, and Dutch Governments to help Jessie Paton and her children survive the aftermath of the death of Jessie's husband David Hepburn Paton, great great grandfather to Calum and Jamie Paton.
 
Amongst the correspondence are notes from Jessie herself, David's brother James Paton, David's Glasgow employers, R. & J. Dick Ltd, and various letters and records as held by the British Relief Fund, cataloguing the family's ordeal in occupied enemy territory from March 1916 to Noveber 1918.
 
The following are transcriptions of the entire collection held by the National Archives.

The Guardianship of William Paton, John Paton and Charles Paton after David's death

 

The following documents are held at the National Archives under the catalogue number FO383/136  225284. They catalogue the attempts of the American legation in Brussels, the British Foreign Office and the Scottish Office to trace Jessie Paton in the aftermath of David's death, in order that they may supply him with a certificate issued by the local Belgian commune regarding the guardianship of David's children, after his death:

64571 

APR 5 1916

 

 

The American Ambassador in London presents his compliments to His Majesty’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and has the honour to enclose herewith a copy of a communication, dated the 28th ultimo, from the Legation at Brussels together with a document concerning the guardianship of the children of the late David Hepburn Paton, a British subject.

 

LONDON. April 3, 1916

 

 

American Legation,

Brussels.

March 28th 1916.

 

1490

 

His Excellency

The Honourable Walter Hines Page,

American Ambassador,

London

 

 

Sir,

 

I beg to transmit herewith for your information and for such disposition as you may deem proper to make of it, a document issued by the commune of St Gilles, concerning the guardianship of the children of David Hepburn Paton, a British subject, who died in that municipality on March 12th instant.

 

I have the honor to be,

 

Sir,

 

Your obedient servant,

(Signed) Brand Whitlock

 

Enclosure:  Document.

 

The British were somewhat confused as to the nature of the document, but set in motion attempts to find Jessie:

 

 

Received by Apr 5th 1916   64571

 

Guardianship of children of the late D. H. Paton

Tro document issued by Commune of St Giles respecting

 

 

? Copy H.O. with enclosure

 

Mr H. B. Warner,

 

I should have thought Mr Whitlock might have given some indication of the purpose for which the document was sent. It would seem that the mother must be in this country and that it is destined for her. She is stated in the document to be domiciled in Glasgow.

 

Copy Scottish Office with the certificate in orig and ask them to pass it on to mother if she can be traced at Glasgow.

 

Mr Mallin

 

___________________________________________________________________ 

 

This document is issued, apparently, under of the Private Int. Law Conventions to which we are not a party. But in existing circumstances we can hardly go into this, and I think we can only act as Mr Warner suggests. It can at any rate do no harm.

 

H.W.H

7.4.16

 

 

The search for Jessie was passed on to the Scottish Office: 

 

 

FOREIGN OFFICE,

 

10 APR 1916, 

 

(64571/16/P)

 

 

 

Sir:-

 

I am directed by Secretary Sir E. Grey to transmit to you herewith, to be laid before the Secretary for Scotland, a copy of a note, with enclosures, which has been received from the United States Ambassador, relative to the affairs of the family of the late Mr. D. H. Paton, who died at Brussels on the 12th ultimo.

 

It is presumed, although the Certificate is by no means clear on the point, that Mrs Paton is at present residing at Glasgow, and should it be found possible to ascertain her whereabouts, Sir E. Grey will be obliged if the accompanying documents can be communicated to her, if Mr. Secretary McKinnon Wood sees no objection to that course.

 

I am,

 

Sir,

 

Your most obedient,

 

Humble servant,

 

(Signed) A. Law

 

The Under Secretary Scottish Office


___________________________________________________________________

 

79242

 

27 APR 1916

 

Received by 64571

 

Family of D. H. Paton, deceased

 

Cannot be traced from information sent from Brussels. Perhaps US authorities could throw more light on the matter.

 

? Can Mr. Saye ascertain whether any further detail can be obtained.

 

27.4.16

 

___________________________________________________________

SCOTTISH OFFICE, WHITEHALL, S.W.

 

26th April, 1916.

 

 

Sir,

 

With reference to your letter (64571/16/P) of the 10th instant forwarding copy of a Note from the United States Ambassador regarding the affairs of the family of the late Mr. D. H. Paton, who died at Brussels, I am directed by the Secretary for Scotland to state for the information of the Secretary of State fro Foreign Affairs that he has caused some enquiry to be made but finds that the documents which accompanied your letter, do not appear to contain sufficient information to enable Mrs Paton or her children to be traced. Mr McKinnon Wood would suggest that the American Consul at Brussels might possibly be able to ascertain from the municipal authorities at that place whether the papers of the deceased contain any further clue in the matter.

 

The Brussels document is returned herewith.

 

I am,

 

Sir,

 

Your obedient Servant.

 

John Caul,

 

The Under Secretary of State, Foreign Office


The following are details from the certificate issued by the Belgians regarding the paternity of David's children: 

Convention Internationale de la Haye du 12 Juin 1902

 

PROVINCE DE BRABANT

JUSTICE DE PAIX DU CANTON DE SAINT-GILLES

LEZ-BRUXELLES

 

Bulletin des declarations relatives a la tutelle d’ etrangers

___________________________________________________________________

 

Numero du register des tutelles: 31/1916

 

Date du deces: 12/3

 

Nom et Prenoms du decede:  Paton, David Hepburn

 

Profession: negociant

 

Emeure avec indication de la commune, du hameau, de la section et du numero:  Glasgow, domicile legal. Residence rue d’ Espagne 100 St Gilles

 

Etat Civil du decede celibataire, marie ou veuf:  Epouse

 

Nom et Prenoms du conjoint avec indication s’il est survivant ou predecede:

MacFarlane, Jessie

 

Nom et prenoms des heritiers mineurs absents ou interdits avec mention de l’age des mineurs:  William, 19 ans,  John 17 ans,  Charles 11 ans

 

Si Les Heritiers mineurs ou interdits ont un tuteur legal ou datif: oui leur mere

 

Si le Decede laisse des biers, meubles ou immeubles:  biens meubles

 

Parente et d. meure des parents: en Angleterre

 

 

Saint-Gilles, lez-Bruxelles, le 23 Mars, 1916

 

Le Juge de paix,

 

G. Verbier


After efforts in Scotland failed to find Jessie, the British wrote back to the Americans for more help in tracing her:

 

No. 79242/16/P.

 

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs presents his compliments to the United States Ambassador and has the honour to refer to His Excellency’s note of the 3rd ultimo, transmitting a document, received from the United States Minister at Brussels, relative to the guardianship of the children of the late David Hepburn Paton.

 

As all efforts on the part of the Scottish authorities to trace Mrs. Paton and her children have proved unavailing, Sir E. Grey will be much obliged if Mr. Whitlock can be requested to be good enough to ascertain whether the papers left by the deceased afford any clue to the whereabouts of the family.

 

Foreign Office.

 

1 MAY 1916
 

The Americans finally discovered the whereabouts of Jessie in Brussels: 

135908  13 JUL 1916  

Received by 64571

 

Mrs Paton & children

Gives address in Brussels

 

? Copy to Scottish Office w. ref. 

H.R. 14/7

 

_____________________________________________________________________

 

 

The American Ambassador presents his compliments to His Majesty’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and has the honour to transmit herewith enclosed a copy of a letter he has received from the Legation at Brussels, referring to Sir Edward Grey’s Note of the 1st May and giving the desired information regarding Mrs. Paton and her children.

 

LONDON.  July 12, 1916.

 

 

Legation of the

United States of America.

Brussels. July 5th 1916.

 

 

2715

 

The American Minister at Brussels presents his compliments to the Ambassador in London and in reply to the latter’s memorandum of May 2nd No. 39, begs to say that Mrs. Paton and her children reside at 100 rue d’Espagne, St Gilles-Brussels. Her last residence in Great Britain was Glasgow.

 

To the American Embassy

London.

Efforts to Sustain the Patons in Brussels after David's Death  1917-1918

 

After the death of David Hepburn Paton, his son John Paton was imprisoned by the Germans and sent to Ruhleben internment camp in Spandau, Berlin, Germany. With Jessie's eldest son William Paton serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps in Gallipoli, she was in turn left in Brussels to look after her daughter Annie Paton and her youngest son Charles Paton, Calum's and Jamie's great grandfather.  

 

The following correspondence, catalogued by the National Archives in London under the number FO383/259  222768, details the efforts of the Foreign Office and the Netherland Legation to make sure that Jessie continued to receive a regular allowance from her husband's employer, R & J Dick Ltd in Glasgow, as well as detailing the situation in which Jessie found herself in occupied Brussels.

 

The first letter includes a note passed by the Dutch to the British Foreign Office, from Jessie herself, to her brother-in-law James Paton, manager of the Singer Sewing Machine Company factory in Hendon, London:

1.

PRISONERS, &c. BELGIUM

Received by 144733  23 Jul 1917

Mrs J. Paton in Brussels

 

Send on message July 25th

 

 

ENTER P.W. DEPT.    144733  23 JUL 1917

His Majesty’s Representative at The Hague presents his compliments to His Majesty’s Principle Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and has the honour to transmit, herewith, copy of a communication received from the Netherland Minister (British Section) at Brussels.

 

British Legation, The Hague.  July 16th 1917

 

 

The Netherland Legation (British Section) at Brussels present their compliments to His Britannic Majesty’s Minister at the Hague and on behalf of Mrs J. Paton, a British subject residing 100 rue d’Espagne, Brussels, have the honor to beg Sir Walter Townley, if possible, to communicate the following message to her brother Mr. James Paton, Singer Works 42 St. Paul’s Churchyard, London E.C.:-

 

“Dear Jim, As things here would have become impossible for us, I should like to know what you would advise me to do. Matters concerning the Firm here have been decided & an indemnity of three months given. Viz until the 15th Sept. 1917 when the 75 francs I have been receiving since the 16th March 1915 will cease. Then of course I shall be entirely without means. Myself & the two children who are still with me. The small sum left after the exceptionally heavy expense of poor David’s illness & death is gone & had I means I should be allowed only to touch a very small sum monthly. The cost of living here at the present moment is 10 times (and in some cases 20 times) more than in 1914 so you can well imagine my extreme anxiety in case we will be as we have been. Over the winter in such case I shall be in a bad way. Kindly write to the firms and explain as I could not explain myself properly from here. I shall leave it to your good judgement as to what you will say & arrange for me as I know you will do everything in my interest. Kind regards to every one. We three are pretty well, hoping this will find you all the same. Your loving sister J. Paton”

 

Brussels, July 9th 1917.


___________________________________________________________________ 

 

 

The Secretary of the Prisoners of War Department presents his compliments to Mr. James Paton, and is directed by Lord Newton to state that he learns from the Netherland Legation at Brussels that Mrs. James Paton, residing at 100 rue d’Espagne, Brussels, wishes the following message communicated to him:-

 

“Dear Jim, As things here have become impossible for us, I should like to know what you would advise me to do. Matters concerning the Firm here have been decided & an indemnity of three months given, viz. until the 15th Sept. 1917 when the 75 francs I have been receiving since the 16th March 1915 will cease. Then of course I shall be entirely without means. Myself & the two children who are still with me. The small sum left after the exceptionally heavy expense of poor Davi’s illness and death is gone & had I means I should be allowed only to touch a very small sum monthly. The cost of living here at the present moment is 10 times (and in some cases 20 times) more than in 1914 so you can well imagine my extreme anxiety in case we will be as we have been. Over the winter in such case I shall be in a bad way. Kindly write to the firms and explain as I could not explain myself properly from here. I shall leave it to your good judgement as to what you will say & arrange for me as I know you will do everything in my interest. Kind regards to every one. We three are pretty well. Hoping this will find you all the same. Your loving sister J. Paton.”

 

Prisoners of War Department,

 

Downing Street, S.W.1

 

July 26, 1917

In reply to Jessie's letter, the following correspondence took place between James Paton, the British Foreign Office, and the company R. & J. Dick Ltd in Glasgow:

July 28th 1917

 

The Secretary of the Prisoners of War Dpt.

Downing St, SW1

 

Dear Sir,

 

Your favour 144733/1204/P of July 26th sending me copy of a letter from Mrs David Paton Brussels my sister in law was duly received.

 

This is merely to acknowledge your communication for which I thank you, and to say I will write you later when I have made some enquiries re “the Firm”.

 

Yours very sincerely,

 

James Paton

 

I am writing from my home address:

You wrote me to our Management office Singers 42/43 St Paul’s Churchyard

 
___________________________________________________________ 

 

 

AUG 24 1917

R & J Dick, Ltd, Greenhead Works, Glasgow.

 

23rd August 1917

 

Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Prisoner of War Department, Foreign Office.

 

OUR REFERENCE No. 46/449

 

Mr James Paton has forwarded to us copy of a letter which he received through your Department from his late brother’s widow in Brussels, Mrs. David Paton, 100 Rue d’Espagne, from which letter we note that she is likely to be in very necessitous circumstances in the near future.

 

Since the death of her late husband, we have been allowing her 75 francs a week, which sum she obtained from the drawings of our Belgian business. As this business has now been closed by German officers, however, she will no longer be able to obtain the 75 francs in question.

 

We should be much obliged if your Department could help us in this matter, either by helping Mrs. Paton to return to this country via Holland, and at our expense, or (if this is not possible) by paying her 75 francs a week on our account.

 

We may add that the late David Paton was an old and trusted servant of this company, and we trust that your Department will find it possible to assist us in helping his widow.

 

We are, Sir,

 

Your obedient Servants,

 

R. & J. Dick, Ltd.

 

M. Porter, Assistant Manager.

 


Representations the German ??? to allow British women to leave but that the matter is still being pursued.

 

Law. Aug 25.

 

 

(different hand)

I do not think there is any useful purpose to be secured by suggesting that we will take any special steps to secure the repatriation of individual Brit. women as there are too many in Belgium, & the question of repatriation had better be dealt with ???

 

___________________________________________________________

 

Messrs Dick Ltd Aug 29th

 

? Say that if they will send us a cheque for 30/roughly 3 months allowance at 75 francs a week, we will request the Minister to pay out the weekly allowance & to let us know when that sum is nearly exhausted. As to Mrs Paton’s repatriation say that we fear little can be done at present but that we will take any steps possible in spite of frequent representations.

 
___________________________________________________________

 

To

R & J Dick, Ltd, Greenhead Works, Glasgow

 

Prisoners of War Department

August 29 1917

 

The Secretary of the Prisoners of War Department presents his compliments to Messrs R & J Dick, Ltd, and is directed by the Controller to acknowledge receipt of Mr Porter's letter, no 46/449 of the 23rd inst, regarding Mrs David Paton, residing at 100 Rue d'Espagne, Brussels -

 

The Secretary is to state that if Messrs. Dick will forward to the Department a cheque, payable to the Chief Clerk, Foreign Office, the Netherland Minister at Brussels will be requested to effect the desired payment. It is suggested that for the sake of convenience a cheque for the sum of thirty pounds might be forwarded at one time, that sum being the approximate amount which will be advanced to Mrs Paton in three months at the rate of 75 francs a week. On receipt thereof the Netherland Minister will be requested to effect payment of that sum in weekly instalments, and to report when it is nearly exhausted.

 

The Secretary is to add that little hope can be held out of Mrs Paton’s repatriation at an early date as in spite of frequent representations, the German authorities will refuse to allow British women to leave the occupied districts of Belgium, but the matter is still being pressed.

 

PRISONERS OF WAR DEPARTMENT,

 

DOWNING STREET, S.W.1.

 

29th August, 1917.

 

Jessie's attempts to get an early repatriation to Britain were unsuccessful. Back in Britain, her brother in law James Paton continued to do his best for her, and her son John, by now a civilian prisoner of war in Ruhleben race course in Spandau, near Berlin, Germany. The Foreign Office continued to support his request:

 

To The Hague

No. 1858 Sep 1st re: Mr Paton Sep 1st.

 

Forward message to Neth. Minister for communication to Mrs Paton, & Inform –

 

The part of Mr Paton’s letter about Mr J. Paton at Ruhleben had better be copied out & entered separately, & we might inform Mr Paton that he will receive a separate reply to that question.

 


Note – please copy this heading and extract

 

August 25th 1917

 

The Secretary

Prisoners of War Dpt

Downing St SW1

 

Dear Sir,

 

Your favour 144733/1204/P of July 26th was duly received and acknowledged and I now take the liberty of asking that you will present my compliments to Lord Newton & request the favour of transmitting the following letter to my Sister in law Mrs David Paton 100 rue d’Espagne Brussels. Now that I have communicated with the firm and they are kindly arranging with you for something to be done for her she will be expecting a reply from me.

 

Dear Jay! Your message to me by the favour of Lord Newton of our Foreign Office was duly received. I need not say how much we all regretted to hear of your change in circumstance & the sad plight it forecasted for you and the two children. I wrote at once to the firm, and they have kindly undertaken to assist you. As however negotiations are being made through the favour of Lord Newton I will merely say that you will I am sure find them satisfactory. We are all well now, but we have had Nettie with pleurisy & Mother  with influenza, but both are quite better again. Altho’ in the former case we had a specialist so serious was the beginning of the illness. Love to you all,

 

Your affect. Brother

 

James Paton

  

The words struck through in the above letter were deleted by the British censor from the original note. James' letter to the Prisoners of War Department's secretary had a further request, concerning the fate of his nephew, John Paton:

I thank you in anticipation of you being good enough to send forward the above letter. While writing may I trouble you concerning another matter. My nephew, Mr David Paton's son Johnnie is a prisoner at Ruhleben, Germany. When of age he was taken away and is there now. I send him occasional parcels through the Dept at Thurlo Place, So. Kensington. Could they, or would you be able to send him a little money as well. I feel from a letter he has sent , that he is straitened in this way somewhat. I shall take it as a favour if you will be good enough to let me hear from you on this point. With thanks,

 

Yours faithfully

 

James Paton

 

The following note was then transmitted to the Netherland Legation...

Transmitted copy…

 

MEMORANDUM FOR COMMUNICATION TO THE NETHERLAND MINISTER AT BRUSSELS (BRIT. SECT.)

 

With reference to the note for the Neth. Legation (British Section) at Brussels, no. C 770 of the 9th July, they would be much obliged if the following message from her brother might be communicated to Mrs J Paton, residing at 100 rue d’Espagne, Brussels:-

 

144733/1204/P

 

Dear Jay,

 

Your message to me was duly received. I need not say how much we all regretted to hear of your change in circumstance & the sad plight it forecasted for you and the two children. I wrote at once to the firm, and they have kindly undertaken to assist you. As however negotiations are being made I will merely say that you will I am sure find them satisfactory. We are all well now, but we have had Nettie with pleurisy & Mother  with influenza, but both are quite better again. Altho’ in the former case we had a specialist so serious was the beginning of the illness. Love to you all,

 

Your affectionate Brother

 

James Paton

 

FOREIGN OFFICE

 

1st September, 1917.


___________________________________________________________________

 

Prisoners of War Department

September 1st 1917

 

The Secretary of the Prisoners of War Department presents his compliments to Mr. James Paton in reply to his letter of the 25th ultimo, is directed by the Controller to state that the Netherland Minister at Brussels is being requested to communicate to Mrs David Paton the message contained therein at Brussels.

 

The Secretary is to add that a separate reply will be forwarded to Mr. Paton regarding the remittance of money to his nephew Mr. John Paton, who is interned at Ruhleben.

 

PRISONERS OF WAR DEPARTMENT,

DOWNING STREET, S.W.1

1st September , 1917.

 

 

___________________________________________________________________


R. & J. Dick, Ltd

 

2nd November 1917

 

Messrs R. & J. Dick, Ltd, present their compliments to the Secretary of the Prisoners of War Dept., and desire to thank him for his letter (144733/1204/P) of 29th ult.

 

Messrs. Dick will be much obliged if the Secretary of the Prisoners of War Dept. will arrange that Mrs J. Paton (Widow of the deceased David Paton) receive through the Netherland Legation at Brussels weekly payment of 3. (Three Pounds Sterling).

 

Messrs. Dick will remit the required sum on being informed of the amount by the Secretary of the Prisoners of War Dept.

 

____________________________________________________

 

P. L. to the Hague

No. 2876 Prisoners

 

Memorandum for Communication to the Netherlands Minister (British Section) at Brussels

 

1976/1204/P

 

With reference to the Note from the Netherland Legation (British Section) at Brussels, No. C.1030 of the 15th ultimo, His Majesty's Government would be much obliged if arrangements might be made for the equivalent of the the sum of three pounds weekly to be paid out of the British Relief Fund to Mrs J. Paton, instead of the seventy-five francs a week previously authorised.

 

It is presumed that Mrs. Paton will therefore receive one hundred and two francs a week in future  and His Majesty’s Government would be much obliged if they might be informed at what rate of exchange previous payments to Mrs. Paton have been made.

 

Foreign Office.

 

November 19,1917.

 

___________________________________________________________________


211476/1204

 

The Dutch had not received our memo of Nov. 19th when this was sent off. It is therefore rather difficult to say exactly how long the money would last. I also do not know what the Dutch mean by the sudden reference to the increased rate of exchange in the last sentence. I think all we can do at the moment is to explain to Messrs. Dick how the matter lies & suggest that they send us another cheque.

 

We might also point out that subject to possible alteration shortly the rate of exchange is f34 to the 1 – say that we will ask the Dutch to report when the first 30 has been exhausted (We will then be able to calculate exactly to what date any further sum will last)

 

BGBH  17/12

C.C.

 

I think that action as suggested would meet the present requirement of this case?

 

GEW  24/12


 

(211476/1204/P)

 

The Secretary of the Prisoners of War Department presents his compliments to Messrs. R. and J. Dick Limited, and with reference to their letter No. 50/65 of the 2nd instant, is directed by the Controller to state that the Netherland Minister at Brussels is being requested to effect payment to Mrs J. Paton of the equivalent of the sum of three pounds a week, instead of the seventy-five francs previously authorised.

 

The Secretary is to add that Messrs. Dick will be informed when a further sum is required for remittance to Mrs. Paton.

 

Prisoners of War Department,

Downing Street.

November 19, 1917.

  

The amount of money sent to Jessie was soon exhausted:


His Majesty’s Representative at The Hague presents his compliments to His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and has the honour to transmit, herewith, copy of a communication received from the Netherland Minister (British Section) at Brussels.

 

British legation, The Hague.

 

11 Dec 1917

 

C. 1183

 

The Netherland Legation (British Section) at Brussels present their compliments to His Britannic Majesty’s Minister at the Hague and with reference to the Foreign Office memorandum No. 144733/1204/P dated September 11th. transmitted with Sir Walter Townley’s note of September 25th. No.444, have the honour to inform him that the thirty pounds (30) which were ordered to be paid to Mrs. J. Paton in weekly payments of Frs.75.- each, will be exhausted at the end of this month.

 

Up to the present day Frs. 800.- have been paid to Mrs. Paton and t the then fixed rate of Frs.34.- to the pound, the 30.- were equivalent to Frs. 1020.-

 

Mrs Paton requests that arrangements be made with Messrs. R and J. Dick for a continuance of those payments.

 

The Legation invite reference to their note of October 15th. No.C.1030, but avail themselves of this opportunity to remind His Majesty’s Government that the rate of exchange is no longer fixed at Frs.34.- to the pound but at Frs.40.- since December 1st.1917.

 

Brussels, December 5th. 1917.


 

 

 

Registry No. 211976/1204/P

 

The Secretary of the prisoners of war Department presents his compliments to Messrs. R. and J. Dick, and with reference to the letter from this Department of the 19th November is directed by the Controller to state that a Note, dated the 5th December, has been received from the Netherland Legation at Brussels stating that the sum of thirty pounds which was forwarded with Messrs. Dick’s letter of the 30th August for payment to Mrs. J. Paton at Brussels in weekly instalments of seventy five francs each, will be exhausted by the end of this month.

 

The Secretary is, however, to state that when the above note was despatched the Legation had apparently not received the request that the sum of three pounds a week might be paid to Mrs. Paton instead of seventy five francs and that it is not known whether the above calculation was made at the former rate of exchange of thirty four francs to the pound sterling or at the present rate of forty francs to the pound.

 

It is not clear, therefore, when the above mentioned sum of thirty pounds will be exhausted, but the Secretary is to suggest that Messrs. R. and J. Dick should, if they feel so disposed, forward a further cheque to this Department to provide Mrs. Paton with weekly sums of three pounds, and is to state that the Netherland Minister will be requested to report when the former sum of thirty pounds has actually been exhausted.

 

PRISONERS OF WAR DEPARTMENT,

DOWNING STREET,

S.W.1

1st January, 1918

 
 
 

FO383/373  225284

 

 

1917 - 100 Rue d’Espagne

 

Payments made on October 2nd, 9th, 15th, 22, 30th of 75 Francs

Payments made on November 5th, 13th, 19th, 27th of 75 Francs

Total payments equal to 19, 17s = 675 francs

 

Payments made at the rate of 40 francs to the pound.

 

 


 

FO383/373  225284

 

No. 3574. Prisoners.

 

His Majesty’s Representative at the Hague presents to His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and has the honour ton transmit, herewith, copy of a communication received from the Netherland Minister (British Section) at Brussels.

 

British Legation, The Hague.

 

17 DEC 1917

 

 

C. 1194

 

The Netherland Legation (British Section) at Brussels present their compliments to His Brittanic Majesty’s Minister at the Hague and with reference to Foreign Office Memorandum No. 211976/1204/P dated November 19th. transmitted with Sir Walter Townley’s note No. 615, of November 30th, relating to payments on Mrs Paton’s behalf have the honour to inform him that arrangements have been made for the equivalent of 3.- weekly, to be paid out of the British Relief Fund to Mrs. Paton instead of frs. 75.-

 

A statement of these payments from the British Relief Fund is herewith transmitted. Up to December 1st. a rate of exchange of frs. 34.- to the Pound and since December 1st. frs. 40.- to the Pound were used.

 

In reply to the last paragraph of Foreign Office Memorandum mentioned above, the Legation venture to invite reference to their note No. C. 1183 of December 5th. 1917.

 

Brussels, December 8th 1917.

 

To

His Brittanic Majesty’s Minister

At

The Hague.


FO383/373  225284

 

To Messrs R. & J. Dick, Jan 10th.

__________________________

 

1279/1204

 

Owing to the date of our letter in 211976 (2) having been altered from Dec: to Jan: a mistake has occurred at the end of the 1st para –

The sum was exhausted at the end of December not the present month. It was in fact exhausted according to the statement within about 20 days ago –

 

Inform Messrs Dick of the above.

BE. BH

 

c.c.

Above minute correctly states the case. Action accordingly?

 

GEW/ 9.1.18


FO383/373  225284

 

(1279/1204/P)

 

The Secretary of the Prisoners of War Department presents his compliments to Messrs. R. and J. Dick, and is directed by the Controller to refer to the letter from this Department of the 1st instant, regarding the payment of an allowance to Mrs. J. Paton at Brussels.

 

The Secretary is to express regret that a mistake was made at the end of the first paragraph of the above letter where it should have been stated that the sum of Thirty pounds forwarded with Messrs. Dick’s letter of the 30th August would be exhausted by the end of last month and not by the end of the present month, as was actually stated.

 

A further note has now been received from the Netherland Minister at Brussels from which it appears that the available balance due to Mrs. Paton in hand in this matter on the 5th ultimo was Seven pounds and six pence,

 

The Secretary is therefore to suggest that if Messrs. R. and J. Dick are disposed to continue these payments to Mrs. Paton a further cheque should be forwarded to this Department, on receipt of which the Netherland Minister would be requested to continue the payments to Mrs. Paton as from the date of the last payment out of the previous sum.

 

Prisoners of War Department,

 

Downing Street,

 

January 10 1918.


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R. & J. Dick Limited

 

12th January, 1918.

Reference No. 53/208

 

WFC/AM

 

The Secretary,

Prisoners of War Dept.,

Downing St.,

London, S.W.1

 

Messrs. R. & J. Dick, Ltd., present their compliments to the Secretary of the Prisoners of War Dept., and thank him for his letter of the 10th inst..

 

Messrs. Dick enclose their cheque on the Union Bank of Scotland Ltd. For the sum of 30. (thirty pounds sterling), and they would feel obliged if the Secretary of the Prisoners of War Dept. would undertake, as in the past, that this money be disbursed through the Netherland Minister at Brussels to Mrs. David Paton of that city, whose address is already known to the Netherland Minister.


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Registry No. 1279/1204/P

 

Draft

 

Memo. for com. to the Neth. Min (Brit. Sect.) at Brussels

 

P L to the Hague

 

No. 268  Prisoners

 

Copy censor

 

Seal of the Chief Clerk: 18 Jan 1918

 

22 Jan 1918

 

With ref. to the notes from the Neth. Legation (British Section) at Brussels Nos. C. 1183 of the 5th ult. And C. 1194 of the 8th ult., H.M.G. would be much obliged if the equivalent of the sum of 30 might be paid, out of the British Relief Fund, to Mrs J. Paton in weekly instalments of 3. each on account of Messrs. R. and J. Dick Ltd the above payments being made as from the date of the last payments referred to in the Legation’s notes under ref.

 

H.M.G. would also be much obliged if they might be informed in due course until what date the present sum will provide weekly payments for Mrs. Paton.

 

H.M.G also venture to draw attention to the statement in the legation’s note No. C. 1183 of the 5th ult. that 50 had been ordered to be paid to Mrs. Paton and they presume that that statement was due to a clerical error as payment of only 30 was …????


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No. 1279/1204/P

 

Memorandum for communication to the Netherland Minister (British Section) at Brussels.

 

With reference to the notes from the Netherland Legation (British Section) at Brussels Nos. C. 1183 of the 5th ultimo and C.1194 of the 8th ultimo, His Majesty’s Government would be much obliged if the equivalent of the sum of thirty pounds might be paid out of the British Relief Fund, to Mrs J. Paton in weekly instalments of three pounds each, on account of Messrs R. and J. Dick Limited, the above payments being made as from the date of the last of the payments referred to in the Legation’s notes under reference.

 

His Majesty’s Government would also be much obliged if they might be informed in due course until what date the present sum will provide weekly payments for Mrs Paton.

 

His Majesty’s Government also venture to draw attention to the statement in the Legation’s note No. C 1183 of the 5th ultimo that fifty pounds had been ordered to be paid to Mrs Paton and they presume that that statement was due to a clerical error as payment of only thirty pounds was requested in the Foreign Office memorandum No. 144733/1204 of the 11th September.

 

FOREIGN OFFICE.

22nd January 1918.


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No. 1279/1204/P

 

The Secretary of the Prisoners of War Department presents his compliments to Messrs R. & J. Dick Ltd, and with reference to their letter No. 53/208 of the 12th inst, is directed by the Controller to state that the Netherland Representative at Brussels has been requested to effect payment of the equivalent of the sum of 30 to Mrs Paton in weekly instalments of 3 each, the payments to be made as from the date of the last of the payments out of the previous sum of 30 furnished by Messrs Dick. A request is also being made that HMS Prisoners of War Department, Downing Street, may be informed in due course until what date the present sum will provide weekly payments for Mrs Paton.

 

B.G. B.H.

18/1


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His Majesty’s Representative at The Hague presents to His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and has the honour to transmit, herewith, copy of a communication received from the Netherland Minister (British Section) at Brussels.

 

British Legation, The Hague

 

18 FEB 1918

 

Ref No. 3548 Prisoners to F.O. Dec 11th 1917

Ref No. 3574 Prisoners to F.O. Dec 17th 1917
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C.136

 


The Netherland Legation (British Section) at Brussels present their compliments to His Brittanic Majesty’s Minister at The Hague and with reference to previous communications relative to the affairs of Mrs. J. Paton, have the honour to inform Sir Walter Townley that since December 24th 1917, Frs. 679.05 have been advanced  from the British Relief Fund to Mrs. Paton, the 30.0.0 referred to in the Foreign Office memorandum No. 144733/1204/P dated September 11th. transmitted with Sir Walter Townley’s note of September 25th. No. 0444, being exhausted on December 24th.1917.

 

The Legation would be obliged if they could receive instructions whether His Majesty’s Government desire the weekly payments of 3.- to be continued to Mrs. Paton.

 

The Legation avail themselves of the opportunity to inform Sir Walter Townley that a clerical error was made in their note of December 5th. 1917 No.C.1183. In the second paragraph a sum of fifty pound was mentioned that ought to have been thirty pounds.

 

Reference to previous correspondence.

Brussels, December 5th. No.C.1183.

Brussels, December 8th. No.C.1194.

 

Brussels, February 11th. 1918.


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1279/1204/P

 

 

The Secretary of the Prisoners of War Department presents his compliments to Messrs R. and J. Dick Limited and with reference to the letter from this Department No.1279/1204/P of January 22nd last, relative to the remittance of thirty pounds to Mrs J. Paton, in Belgium, is directed by the Controller to inform them that a note has been received from the Netherland Legation at Brussels which states that this sum would be exhausted on February 26th 1918.

 

PRISONERS OF WAR DEPARTMENT,

DOWNING STREET, S.W.1,

14TH March 1918.


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Request payment of 30 to Mrs Paton in weekly instalments of 3 each, as from the date on which the last 30 was exhausted, and ask Neth legation to inform us when this sum is nearing exhaustion and inform.

 

c.c. Brussels Relief

Note in list

 

Seen by the Chief Clerk 23 Mar 1918

 

 

The Hague 1342  3.4.18

 

R. & J. Dick & Sons  3.4.18


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R. & J. Dick Limited

 

 

16th March 1918

 

 

 

Messrs. R. & J. Dick, Ltd., present their compliments to the Secretary of the Prisoners of War Dept., and thank him, and through him the Staff of the Netherland Legation at Brussels, for having disbursed the sums of money which Messrs. Dick have paid on account of Mrs. J. Paton in Brussels. Messrs. Dick note that their last remittance of 30. on account of Mrs. Paton would be exhausted on February 26th, and they now enclose another cheque for 30, and would ask the Secretary of the Prisoners of War Dept. to have it disbursed through the Netherlands Legation at Brussels to Mrs. Paton, at the same rate as their previous remittance on account of that Lady.

 

 

 

Recd 18/3/18


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Registry No. 1279/1204/P

 

Draft.

 

Memo. For com. to the Neth. Min. (Brit. Sec.) at Brussels

 

______________________________________________

 

F.O.,

 

April 3, 1918

 

 

With ref. to the note No.C.136 of Feb.11th last, H.M.G. have the hon. To request the Neth. Leg. To be so good as to pay out of the funds for British Relief, on account of Messrs. R. & J. Dick, Ltd., the equivalent of the sum of 30. to Mrs. Paton, in weekly installmenst of 3. each as from the date on which the last 30. was exhausted.

 

They would be greatly obliged if the Neth. Leg. Would be so good as to inform them when this sum is nearing exhaustion.


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(1279/1204/P)

 

 

The Secretary of the Prisoners of War Department presents his compliments to Messrs. R. & J. Dick, Limited, and with reference to their letter of the 16th ultimo, is directed by the Controller to inform them that the Netherland Legation at Brussels have been requested to pay to Mrs. Paton the equivalent of the sum of thirty pounds, in weekly instalments of three pounds each as from the date on which the last thirty pounds was exhausted, and to inform His Majesty’s Government when this sum is nearing exhaustion.

 

PRISONERS OF WAR DEPARTMENT,

ROYAL COURT,

HOUSE OF LORDS. S.W.1.

3rd APRIL, 1918


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No. 2804. Prisoners

 

His Majesty’s Government at The Hague presents his compliments to His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and has the honour to transmit, herewith, copy of a communication received from the Netherland Minister (British Section) at Brussels.

 

British Legation, The Hague.

 

7 May 1918

 

____________________________________________________________________

 

The Netherland Legation (British Section) at Brussels present their compliments to His Brittanic Majesty’s Minister at The Hague and with reference to Foreign Office Memorandum No. 1279/1204/P dated April 3rd. transmitted with Sir Walter Townley’s note of April 11th. No. 229 relating to the affairs of Mrs. J. Paton, have the honour to inform him that advances have been made to the former amounting to a total of nine hundred francs, from February 26th. until May 7th 1918. This sum is the equivalent of .30.- .

 

The .30 mentioned in above Foreign Office Memorandum have been placed to the credit of Mrs. Paton’s account with the British Relief Fund. This sum being therefore exhausted, the Legation venture to suggest that Messrs. R. & J. Dick Ltd. Should forward a further remittance in order to refund the British Relief Fund, our of which the Legation continue to advance .3.- weekly to Mrs. Paton.

 

 

To

His Brittanic Majesty’s Minister

at

THE HAGUE.


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Copy

 

Mr. de Kattendycke,

 

I hope that you will forgive the liberty I take in writing to you, but the expense of living here at the present moment is impossible. The .3.- which the firm of R. & J. Dick allow me is really not enough for food without speaking of other expenses.

 

I am entirely depending on what the firm sends, having no other means whatever. My boy of thirteen is ill through nothing but privation and I can see things getting worse every day. I have no idea what arrangements will be made with the firm after the war, but in the meantime we must live and at the rate things are, .3.- is just equal to .1.- therefore what I receive is not enough.

 

I should certainly not trouble you if there were any other way of doing, and believe me I appreciate and am very much obliged for the kindnesses you have already done for me.

 

Hoping to hear from you as soon as possible, I remain

 

Yours truly

 

(s) Mrs. D. H. Paton

 

_____________________________________________________________________

 

 

Copy of a letter received from Mrs. Paton is herewith transmitted for such action as Messrs. Dick may deem suitable to take in this matter.

 

The Legation will be obliged to receive instructions as to how His Majesty’s Government desire them to reply to Mrs. Paton’s letter.

 

Brussels, May 13th 1918.
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Inform N L at Brussels that a copy of Mrs Paton’s letter to Mr Kattendyke is sent to Messrs R & J Dick, who in reply have sent a cheque for 30- with a request that it may be paid to Mrs Paton in weekly instalments of 3- as usual, and request N L to pay Mrs Paton 30- in weekly instalments of 3- each as from the date in which the last 30 was exhausted, and to inform as when this 30 is nearing exhaustion, and copy DMI, and inform

 

HS 10/6  PTO.

_____________________________________________________________________

 

Action as discussed in the preceeding minute?

 

Cc. Brussels Relief

 

Note in list.

 

GEW

13.6.18


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R. & J. Dick Limited

 

WFC/AM    6th June 1918

 

 

Messrs. R. & J. Dick, Ltd., present their compliments to the Secretary, Prisoners of War Dept., and thank him for the copy of a letter he had received from the Netherland Legation (British Section) at Brussels, with reference to the sums of money advanced through the Netherland Legation to Mrs. J. Paton, Brussels.

 

Messrs. Dick have also received copy of a letter, written by Mrs. Paton to a Mr. Kattendycke, who is, presumably, attached to the Legation.

 

Messrs. Dick enclose herewith their cheque on the Union Bank of Scotland Ltd. For 30, and will thanks the Secretary of the Prisoners of War Dept., if he will kindly undertake to have this sum advanced to Mrs. Paton, at the rate of 3. per week, as before.

 

Ack 7/6/1854


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Memorandum for Communication to the Netherland Minister (British Section) at Brussels.

 

 

With reference to the note No.C.418 of the 13th ultimo, His Majesty’s Government have the honour to state that a copy of a letter from Mrs. Paton to Mr. Kattendijke, enclosed therein, was duly forwarded to Messrs. R. and J. Dick, who, in reply, have sent a cheque for thirty pounds, with the request that it may be paid to Mrs. Paton in weekly instalments of three pounds each as usual.

 

His Majesty’s Government, therefore, have the honour to request the Netherland Legation to be so good as to pay Mrs. Paton the equivalent of the sum of thirty pounds, in weekly instalments of three pounds each, as from the date on which the last thirty pounds was exhausted, and to inform His Majesty’s Government when the present sum is nearing exhaustion.

 

FOREIGN OFFICE.

 

21st June 1918.


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(1279 /1204/P)

 

The Secretary of the Prisoners of war Department presents his compliments to Messrs. R. and J. Dick Limited and, with reference to their letter of the 6th. instant, is directed by the Controller to state that the Netherland Minister at Brussels has been requested to effect payment of the equivalent of the sum of thirty pounds to Mrs. Paton in weekly instalments of three pounds each, as from the date on which the last thirty pounds remitted by Messrs. R. and J. Dick Limited was exhausted, and to inform His Majesty’s Government when the present sum is nearing exhaustion.

 

PRISONERS OF WAR DEPARTMENT,

ROYAL COURT,

HOUSE OF LORDS, S.W.1

21st. June, 1918.


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1918

Prisoners Sc Belgium  No. 1279A

 

Received by 1279A

 

Subject – Mrs Paton in Brussels

 

 

Ia.        Brussels 10/7/1918 – state that the 30 mentioned in memo of 21/6/18 became

exhausted on July 16th

 

i)          To R & J Dick Ltd  30/7/18 – Trs substance of (i) & refer them to RR DRB

for future remittance to Mrs Paton

 

ii)         To DRB 30/7/18 – Authorises remittance to Mrs Paton of 15 monthly or

45 quarterly

 

iii)         To DMI 31/7/18 – Copy of (ii)

 

 

IIa.

i)          R & J Dick 3/8/18 – Trs cheque for 30 for:

 

ii)         To R & J Dick 9/8/18 – Returns cheques to inform of method of remitting

through to RB

 

 

IIIa.

i)          Brussels 19/7/18 – The receipt signed by:-

ii)         To DMI 13/8/18 – Tend receipt form for examination – return HS

 

 

IV.

i)          DMI 17/8/18 – has no objection to trans of IIIa

ii)         To Messrs R & J Dick Ltd 21/8/18 – Tr receipt form

 

 

V.

i)          Brussels 6/11/18 – Request that the Firm of R. & J. Dick to eb informed that:- returned to UK on 26th Oct last so as to prevent further remittances being forwarded through C.R.B.

ii)         To Messrs R. & J. Dick Ltd 2/12/18 – Trs copy of ii

 

 

VI.

i)         Messrs R. & J. Dick 4/12/18 Ack: VII. They are continuing allowance wh. has been receiving from them in Brussels.


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C. 3255

 

His Majesty’s Representative at The Hague presents his compliments to His

Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and has the honour to

Transmit, herewith, copy of a communication received from the Netherland Minister (British Section) at Brussels.

 

British Legation, The Hague

 

18 JUL 1918

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

C.622.

 

The Netherland Legation (British Section) at Brussels present their compliments to

His Britannic Majesty’s Minister at the Hague and with reference to Foreign Office

Memorandum No. 1279/1204/P dated June 21st. last transmitted with Sir Walter

Townley’s note of July 2nd. No. 498, concerning the affairs of Mrs. Paton, have the

honour to inform him that the thirty pounds therein mentioned will be exhausted on

July 16th. next, the last weekly payment out of the previous thirty pounds having been made on May 7th. 1918.

 

Brussels, 10th. July 1918.

 

To His Britannic Majesty’s Minister

At

The Hague.-


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(1279A/1204/P)

 

 

The Secretary of the Prisoners of War Department presents his compliments to Messrs. R and J. Dick Limited and with reference to the letter from this Department of the 21st June, is directed by the Controller to state that information has been received from the Netherland Legation in Brussels to the effect that the Thirty pounds remitted on the above date, for payment in instalments to Mrs. Paton, would be exhausted on the 16th July, the last weekly payment out of the previous Thirty pounds having been made on the 7th May.

 

The Secretary is to add that all remittance to British subjects in Belgium should now be made through the Commission for Relief in Belgium, 3, London Wall Buildings, London, E.C.2, to whom application should therefore be made by Messrs. R. and J. Dick.

 

The Commission has been informed that Lord Newton authorises the remittance to Mrs. J. Paton in Belgium of a sum not exceeding Fifteen pounds monthly or Forty five pounds per quarter from this date.

 

Reference should be made to the number and date of this authority in any postal communication relative to the remittance hereby authorised.

 

 

PRISONERS OF WAR DEPARTMENT.

 

Royal Court.

House of Lords. S.W.1

July 30th 1918.


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(1279/1204/P)

 

Royal Court,_ _ _ _ _ _ _

House of Lords.

July 30th 1918.

 

 

 

Sir,

 

I am directed by Lord Newton to state that the applicant for remittance of money to Belgium in the case, particulars of which are given below, has been advised to apply to your Commission.

 

I am to state that Lord Newton authorises the remittance through the Commission to Mrs. Paton of a sum not exceeding Fifteen pounds monthly, or Forty five pounds quarterly, from this date.

 

It would be well that reference should be made to the number and date of this authority in any postal communication relative to the remittance hereby authorised.

 

To. Mrs. J. Paton.

Address  100 rue d’Espagne, Brussels.

From Messrs. R. and J. Dick Limited

Address. Greenhead Works, Glasgow.

 

I am, Sir,

 

Your obedient Servant,

 

(Signed) ROBERT VANSITTART

 

The Secretary,

Commission for Relief in Belgium.


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1279/1204

 

Refer them to the letter of the 30th ult, stating that the CRB ???????? to Belgium, & start cheque.

 

HS  6/8


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R. & J. DICK LIMITED

Greenhead Works, Glasgow,

 

3rd August, 1918

 

 

1279

 

Messrs. R. & J. Dick, Ltd., present their compliments to the Secretary of the Prisoners of War Dept., and, with reference to the Secretary’s letter of 30th July, have pleasure in eclsoing herewith their cheque for 30. (Thirty Pounds sterling), to be paid in instalments to Mrs. Paton, Brussels, through the same medium and at ther same rate as before.

 

The Secretary,

Prisoners of War Dept.,

Royal Court,

House of Lords,

London, S.W.1.

 

 

Acknowledged 6th August
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(1279/1204/P).

 

 

The Secretary of the Prisoners of War Department presents his compliments to Messrs. R. and J. Dick Limited and with reference to their letter of the 3rd instant, is directed by the Controller to refer to the letter from this Department No. 1279A/1204/P of the 20th ultimo, stating that the Commission for Relief in Belgium now undertake all remittances to British subjects in Belgium.

 

The Secretary is to return herewith the cheque for thirty pounds enclosed in their letter, and to state that this cheque and their instructions relative to the remittance of the amount thereof to Mrs. Paton, in Brussels, should be sent to the Commission for Relief in Belgium, 3 London Wall Buildings, E.C.2.

 

PRISONERS OF WAR DEPARTMENT,

ROYAL COURT,

HOUSE OF LORDS, S.W.1.

9th. August, 1918.


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No. 3494

Prisoners

 

 

His Majesty’s Representative at The Hague presents his compliments to His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and has the honour to transmit, herewith, copy of a communication received from the Netherland Minister (British Section) at Brussels.

 

British Legation, The Hague.

 

1 AUG 1918

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

C. 674.

 

The Netherland Legation (British Section) at Brussels present their compliments to His Brittanic Majesty’s Minister at the Hague and have the honour to transmit herewith a duplicate of the receipt signed by Mrs. J. Paton, for the equivalent of .30.- (i.e. frs. 1020.- at the rate of frs. 34.- to the Pound) paid to this lady according to instructions given by Foreign Office Memorandum No. 1279/1204/P dated June 21st. 1918, transmitted with Sir Walter Townley’s note No. 498 of July 2nd. 1918.

 

Brussels, 19th July 1918.

 

To

His Brittanic Majesty’s Minister

At

The Hague.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _

 


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1279/1204

 

(Received 14 AUG 1918)

 

The Secretary of the Prisoners of War Department presents his compliments to the Director of Military Intelligence, and, in transmitting the accompanying papers for examination, is directed by the Controller to enquire whether the document of which the transmission abroad is proposed may, in the opinion of the Director of Military Intelligence, be forwarded accordingly.

 

It is suggested that the observations of the Director of Military Intelligence might conveniently be noted in the space below, and this letter, together with its enclosures, be returned to the Prisoners of War Department.

 

Prisoners of War Department,

Royal Court, House of Lords, S.W.1,

August 13th 1918.

___________________________________________________________________

 

(Special Section  16/8/18)

 

Secreatry, Prisnoers of War Department.

 

The enclosed document has been examined by the Military Censors and no objection is taken to its transmission.

 

Edw. A. Fitz-Gerald Major for Chief Postal Censor.

 

Strand House,

Carey Street, W.C.2.

17th August, 1918.


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No. 5628

Prisoners

 

 

His Majesty’s Representative at The Hague presents his compliments to His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and has the honour to transmit, herewith, copy of a communication received from the Netherland Minister (British Section) at Brussels.

 

British Legation, The Hague.

 

13 NOV 1918

 

_____________________________________________________________________

 

C. 1120

 

The Netherland Legation (British Section) at Brussels present their compliments to His Brittanic Majesty’s Minister at the Hague and with reference to previous correspondence concerning the affairs of Mrs. Paton have the honour to beg Sir Walter Townley, if possible and if there be no objection, to cause the firm Messrs. R. and J. Dick to be informed that Mrs. Paton returned to the United Kingdom on October 26t. last in order to prevent their forwarding further remittances for payment through the Commission for Relief in Brussels.

Reference to previous correspondence:

Brussels, No. 674 of July 19th. 1918.

 

Brussels, November 6th. 1918.

 

To

His Brittanic Majesty’s Minister

At

THE HAGUE.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


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R. & J. DICK LIMITED

Greenhead Works, Glasgow

 

4th Decemember, 1918.

REFERENCE NO. 2176

 

Messrs. R. & J. Dick Ltd, present their compliments to the Secretary, Prisoners of War Dept., and thank him for the letter of the 6th. November, informing them that Mrs. Paton, formerly of Brussels, had returned to the United Kingdom on October 26th. Messrs. R. & J. Dick, were already aware of Mrs. Paton’s coming to this country, and in fact have had several visits from the Lady, to whom they are continuing the money allowance at the same rate as she had been getting from them during her stay in Brussels.

 

HS 6/12

 

The Secretary,

Prisoners of War Dept.,

Royal Court,

House of Lords,

London, S.W.1.

 

 

 


 

 

1279

JAN 2 1918

 

 

Mrs Paton in Brussels

_____________________________________________________________________

 

1.             (i) Statement of payments to Mrs Paton from the B.R.F. 17/12/17

                (ii) Informs Messrs R & J Dick Ltd (i) – 10/1/18

 

II.             (i) R & J Dick 12/1/18.  Cheque for 30

                (ii) To Neth Minister at Brussels 268.  22/1/18  Requests payment of

                30 in weekly instalments of 3 as from date of next payment. Draws

                attention to clerical error in Dutch note of 5th Dec.

(iii) To Censor  23/1/18  Trs copy of (ii)

(iv) To Messrs R & J. Dick 22/1/18  informs of (iii)

 

3.             (i) Brussels 11/2/18. Asks whether weekly payment of 3 is to continue.

 

4.             (i) Brussels 18/2/18. States 30 sent on Jan 22 will be exhausted Feb 26th. Will continue to pay relief until they hear to contrary.

II. Try six 14/3/18 gives substance of (i).

 

5.             (i) Dick & sons – 16/3 – send cheque for 30 for Ockd.

(ii) To Brussels1342.  3.4.18 requests payment

(iii) To Dick & Sons  3.4.18  informs of (ii)

(iv)  To Censor  4/4/18  copy of (ii)

 

6.             (i) Neth Min Brussels  17/5/18  States that advances have been made

                to Mrs Paton up to 30 which is to credit of Mrs Paton. Suggest that 

                Messrs Dick Ltd shd forward remittance in order to refund of the British

                Relief Fund.

(ii) To R. & J. Dick 30/5/18  Tr copy of (i)

 

7.             (i) R.J.Dick 6/6/15  Trs cheque for 30 for payment to the note of 3 per

week.

(ii) To Brussels  21/6/18 No. 2576P Requests payment of (i) & to be

informed when the present sum is nearing exhaustion.

                (iii) To R. J. Dick  21/6/18  Informs of (ii)

                (iv) To D.M.I  22.6.18  trs copy (ii)

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