§ 1. Commander BELLAIRS
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what was the position of Lieutenant Baron Werner von Ow-Wachendorf in the German Consular service in South Africa; whether the lieutenant gave up that position several days prior to the outbreak of War in response to a secret mobilization order; and whether he can state the evidence for the officer being treated as a civilian Consular officer at liberty during a period of over six months' residence in this country?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Sir Edward Grey)
Baron von Ow-Wachendorf held the post of Attaché to the German Consulate-General at Cape Town. The German Consul-General informed the Acting Governor-General at Pretoria that he was leaving Cape Town with his staff, including Baron von Ow-Wachendorf, on 1st August, and the Baron was, therefore, on his arrival in this country, naturally regarded as a Consular official and treated as such.