18 May 1915 - WW1 Blog - Jersey Heritage

There has been urgent attention given to the matter of how best to process Breton workers now starting to arrive for the potato harvest.


There has been urgent attention given to the matter of how best to process Breton workers now starting to arrive for the potato harvest. With the Aliens Officer already stretched to capacity by his present duties, the Lieutenant Governor has imposed strict conditions on anyone arriving from France to work in the Island.

Despite fears that the war would severely decrease the availability of seasonal labour from France, Breton farmworkers have recently begun arriving in considerable numbers. As designated ‘aliens’, wartime travel regulations and restrictions apply to them and need enforcing. This includes checking every person’s papers. With boats arriving from France at all times of the day and night, meeting each and carrying out the necessary checks had been proving too difficult for the Aliens Officer, Arthur Luxon. To ease matters, the harbour authorities are now preventing any passenger from disembarking until ten o’clock in the morning.

Furthermore, boats carrying French workers are now only permitted to dock at St Helier or Gorey harbours. It is forbidden to land any persons at one of the Island’s smaller harbours and ports. The Honorary Police will receive instructions to strictly enforce this latter regulation.