11 August 1914 - WW1 Blog - Jersey Heritage

Concerns over enemy spies in the Island continued to grow this week. There have been numerous reports of suspicious behaviour, with ‘foreign nationals’ singled out as being potential German agents.


Concerns over enemy spies in the Island continued to grow this week. There have been numerous reports of suspicious behaviour, with ‘foreign nationals’ singled out as being potential German agents. 

In one such incident a recently arrived visitor was reportedly arrested in the Georgetown area after allegedly drawing strange markings on walls there. In another, a local farmer has denounced one of his workers as being a German spy, despite having employed the man for the last thirty years.

The threat of enemy attack from the air is also causing concern. The sound of an aircraft – whether real or imagined – had been the cause of considerable anxiety. Militiamen have been on the lookout while on duty for any suspicious planes or airships approaching the Island. Their officers have strict orders to prevent any man opening fire until the aircraft is confirmed as hostile however. 

In the middle of such trying times, there has been considerable dismay expressed over a States’ plan to close the Island’s picture houses. At times such as these, it has been argued, there is surely a need for distractions from the worries of war.