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United Kingdom - Foreign Office Passport : Folded Sheet (1917 — 1919)

This passport was issued to a 24-year-old David Williams on 27 February 1917 and the red revenue seal with ciphered date 31 1 17 correspond to 31 January 1917.

FOREIGN SECRETARY

This is the first version of booklet passport issued by United Kingdom issued by Arthur James Balfour.

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, KG, OM, PC, FRS, FBA, DL (25 July 1848 – 19 March 1930) was a British Conservative politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from July 1902 to December 1905, and later Foreign Secretary from 10 December 1916 until 23 October 1919.

RULES & REGULATIONS
 
PASSPORT REGULATIONS.

1. APPLICATIONS for Foreign Office Passports must be made in the authorized form, and inclosed in a cover addressed to "THE PASSPORT OFFICE, FOREIGN OFFICE, DOWNING STREET, LONDON, S.W."

2. The charge for a Passport is 5s. Passports are issued at the Passport Oflice, between the hours of 10 and 4 ON THE DAY FOLLOWING THAT ON WHICH THE APPLICATION FOR THE PASSPORT HAS BEEN RECEIVED, except on Sundays and Public Holidays, when the Passport Office is closed. Applications should, if possible, reach the Passport Office before 4 p.m. on the previous day. If the applicant does not reside in London, the Passport may be sent by post, and a Postal Order for 5s. should in that case accompany the application. POSTAGE STAMPS WILL NOT BE RECEIVED IN PAYMENT.

3. Foreign Office Passports are granted :—
 
(1.) To natural-born British subjects.
(2.) To the wives and widows of such persons; and
(3.) To persons naturalized in the United Kingdom, in the British Colonies, or in India.

A married woman is deemed to be a subject of the State of which her husband is for the time being a subject.

4. Passports are granted :—
 
(1.) In the case of natural-born British subjects and persons naturalized in the United Kingdom, upon the production of a Declaration by the applicant in the authorized form, verified by a Declaration made by a member or official of any Banking Firm established in the United Kingdom, or by any Mayor, Magistrate, Justice of the Peace, Minister of Religion, Barrister-a-law, Physician, Surgeon, Solicitor, or Notary Public, resident in the United Kingdom. The applicant's Certificate of Birth and other evidence may also be required.
 
(2.) In the case of children under the age of 16 years requiring a separate Passport, upon production of a Declaration made by the child’s parent or guardian, in a Form (B), to be obtained upon application to the Passport Office.

(3.) In the case of persons naturalized in any of the British Self-governing Colonies, upon production of a Recommendation from the High Commissioner or Agent-General in London of the State concerned; and in the case of natives of British India and persons naturalized therein, upon production of a Letter of Recommendation from the India Office. Persons naturalized or ordinarily resident in any of the Crown Colonies must obtain a Letter of Recommendation from the Colonial Office.

5. If the applicant for a passport be a Naturalized British subject, the Certificate of Naturalization must be forwarded to the Passport Office With the Declaration or Letter of Recommendation. Naturalized British subjects, if resident in London or in the suburbs, must apply personally for their Passports at the Passport Office; if resident in the country, the Passport will be sent, and the Certificate of Naturalization returned, to the person who may have verified the Declaration, for delivery to the applicant.

Naturalized British subjects will be described as such in their Passports, which will be issued subject to the necessary qualifications.

6. Foreign Office Passports are not available beyond two years from the date of issue. They may be renewed for four further periods of two years each, after which fresh Passports must be obtained. The fee for each renewal is 2s.

7. A Passport cannot be issued by the Foreign Office on behalf of a person already abroad; such person should apply for one to the nearest British Mission or Consulate. Passports must not be sent out of the United Kingdom by post.

Foreign Office, February 1, 1915.
   
DIPLOMATIC REQUEST PAGE
 
PASSPORT.

We, Arthur James Balfour, a Member of His Britannic Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, a Member of the Order of Merit, a Member of Parliament, Vc., Vc., Vc., His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.

Request and require in the name of His Majesty all those whom it may concern to allow

Mr. David Williams

to pass freely without let or hindrance, and to afford him every assistance and protection of which he may stand in need.

Given at the Foreign Office, London 
the 27th day of February 1917.

OBSERVATIONS
 
THIS PASSPORT IS NOT VALID FOR ZONE OF THE ARMIES

CE PASSEPORT N'EST PAS VALABLE POUR LA ZONE DES ARMÉES

DOCUMENT FOLDING
 
IV III  
 
R1 C1 R1 C2 R1 C3 R1 C4 R1 C5
R2 C1 R2 C2 R2 C3 R2 C4 R2 C5
 
    II  
I
 
I - Fold horizontally R2 on top of R1.
II - Folded vertically, overlapping C4 againt C3 and C5 against C2
III - Folded vertically, C3 against C2
IV - Close the cover together