Who Do You Think You Are?
British Passport, 1906
Henry Davies’ passport is a fascinating piece of evidence that reveals more clues about his time in Russia
1FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT
Passports were not usually required for international travel until 1914. Russia was different, and foreigners were issued with documentation or had their passport stamped upon arrival.
As is the case to this day, a British passport had to be issued by the Government. Henry’s passport was signed by the office of the foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey.
3STEP BACK IN TIME
The red date stamp gives Henry’s arrival as 14 October, which was nine days before the passport was issued in London. This apparent anomaly occurred because Russia was still following the Julian calendar.
Bill would love to hear from anyone who can decipher the intricate Russian wording on the stamps. Email the magazine if you can offer any help.