Jersey's Great War by Ian Ronayne - Publications - Jersey Heritage

When Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August 1914, by constitutional association the small British Channel Island of Jersey also entered the conflict. By November 1918, when the guns finally fell silent, the Island had sent thousands of its men to serve in forces of Britain and France. Along with millions of others, they endured the horrors of this first conflict of the modern industrial age. By its end, more than a thousand of them had died, fighting on land, sea and in the air.

When Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August 1914, by constitutional association the small British Channel Island of Jersey also entered the conflict. By November 1918, when the guns finally fell silent, the Island had sent thousands of its men to serve in forces of Britain and France. Along with millions of others, they endured the horrors of this first conflict of the modern industrial age. By its end, more than a thousand of them had died, fighting on land, sea and in the air.

Yet the First World War affected the lives of more than just Jersey’s soldiers, sailors and airmen. Changes in society and technology in the years leading up to 1914 meant that Islanders were no longer isolated from the outside world. This war would directly challenge them as never before.

Jersey’s Great War tells the important but previously forgotten story of Jersey and its people between 1914 and 1918. Readers will learn about the role of the Militia, the Island’s French soldiers, how German POWs came to be in the Island, the fate of ‘enemy aliens’, the opportunities for women and the impact of the war on day-to-day lives. And at the heart of the story is the four year struggle between patriotism and production, the outcome of which affected the lives of thousands of Island men and their families to this day.

Available from Jersey Museum and Art Gallery shop - £19.95