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A strange puzzle

Postby crf38 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:11 am

Can anyone help me with a puzzle please?
Walter Charles Feltham enlisted with the 1st Hampshires sometime before World War 1. He appears to have left the army sometime before 1911 but rejoins the regiment at the outbreak of war, attaining the rank of Sergeant. He is Killed in Action on 4th October 1917.
According to the ‘Army Registers of Soldiers Effects’ on Ancestry, his widow receives £34 5s 7d on 8th April 1918. Then, on 28th January 1920, she receives a second payment of £21. Written in the “Account and Date Column” is “Savannah” and there is a note in the end column saying “Per Consul (Savannah GA)”.
I have established that there was a British Consulate in Savannah Georgia until 1923. I have even found out the number of staff and the opening hours but I cannot imagine what the link is with a Sergeant in the Hampshires.
Any help would be very gratefully received.
I have added the document. The alias of Toomer is his step-father’s surname.
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Re: A strange puzzle

Postby meekhcs » Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:59 pm

I have only looked at this quickly so you will need to research further but an Evelyn M Feltham, widow, arrived in Georgia in 1919 and is shown on the 1920 US census as a housekeeper to the Karston Family at Kiliam Street, Atlanta Ward 3, Fulton, Georgia. I suspect this is why you have the annotation in the register.
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Re: A strange puzzle

Postby crf38 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:18 pm

Thank you meekhcs.
I had been thinking this totally wrong. I had assumed that 'per Consul' meant 'as per Consul's authority' rather than 'via Consul'. Your information is totally correct. I have now discovered that, in November 1920, she re-married in Georgia. So puzzle has been solved.
Thanks again for your help.
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