There was confirmation this week of the death in action of another young Jerseyman. Jules Blondel, who was just 17 years old, had joined the army before the war and was serving with the Dorsetshire Regiment. It is understood that he was killed in action in Mesopotamia, fighting with the British Indian Army forces against the Ottoman Turks near the southern city of Basra.
The young man’s parents, Ernest and Ernestine Blondel, are believed to live in the La Hocq area of St Clement. His father settled in the Island from Normandy, where Jules’ grandmother remains. An uncle, also called Jules Blondel, is presently serving in the French Army. It is believed that the War Office will need details of the young soldier’s immediate family in order to settle his financial affairs.
In the meantime, and in view of the ongoing sacrifices being made by the Island, the Rector of Trinity is planning to bring a proposition before the States. It will ask members to sanction the creation of an official memorial tablet containing the names of those men who have died as a result of the war.