11 July 1916 - WW1 Blog - Jersey Heritage

Having completed her two month prison sentence for falsifying Alien registration papers, Mrs Maria Ramm left the island under escort this week.


Having completed her two month prison sentence for falsifying Alien registration papers, Mrs Maria Ramm left the island under escort this week. She will go to London first, before being taken to Gravesend for onward deportation to Holland.

Mrs Ramm – who is also known as Mrs Williams and Mrs Thompson - was jailed in May this year after her true identity as a German national was uncovered. She has vehemently protested against her treatment, to the extent of threatening to write a book about her experiences at the hands of Jersey’s authorities. On account of this, the Prison Board, who noted she was an ‘extremely cute and clever women’, recommended her internment rather than deportation. This is not an option open to the Lieutenant Governor, however, who has confirmed with the UK Government that female Enemy Aliens are sent to their home country and not locked-up.

Mrs Ramm will be accompanied by an Aliens Officer while travelling to and through the UK. If it is necessary to stay overnight in London, then she must register with the city police. Meanwhile in Jersey, the States have taken possession of her property, which is forfeit to the Crown.

Associated Record:

D/Z/H2/6 contains correspondence relating to Mrs Ramm’s deportation from Jersey.