15 February 1916 - WW1 Blog - Jersey Heritage

In response to a crackdown in Britain, Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor has announced that local enemy aliens are to have their liberties further restricted.


In response to a crackdown in Britain, Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor has announced that local enemy aliens are to have their liberties further restricted.

Since the start of the war, German, Austro-Hungarian, and Turkish nationals living in Jersey have been subject to restrictive measures. Under suspicion of trying to support their home governments in some way, a number have already been interned or deported.

The latest to lose their liberty are two German nationals. Arthuer Madler is a 20-year-old waiter working at the Somerville Hotel in St Aubin, and 35-year-old Charles Krogel is said to have been a deserter from the German Army. They are to be sent under military escort to Alexandra Palace internment camp in London.

Those aliens that remain in Jersey face additional restrictions. Among the new measures adopted is effectively a curfew – enemy aliens are now unable to leave their homes after seven o’clock in the evening. There is also a new ban on aliens working in hotels. The concern is that they may overhear sensitive business or military conversations taking place between patrons. The moves are said to be popular with most Islander residents.

Associated Record: A/E/8/1 contains correspondence on enemy aliens in Jersey, including lists of those being watched and details of internments taking place at the start of 1916.