HC Deb 04 March 1915 vol 70 cc985-6W
Commander BELLAIRS

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affars, in view of the refusal of the German Government to release certain retired officers of over sixty-five years of age who are invalids, whether he can state the names and ages of any retired officers who have been released, and by what, means their release was effected?


His Majesty's Government understand that Colonel de la Fontaine, aged eighty-three, and Colonel Ward, aged eighty-eight, were to have been released within the last few days under an agreement with the German Government for the mutual release of British and German Consular officers. As the number of German Consular officers detained in the United Kingdom exceeded that of the British Consular officers detained in Germany, the United States Ambassador in Berlin was requested to select two British subjects whose state of health made their release urgent, in order to equalise the numbers to be exchanged.