20 October 1914 - WW1 Blog - Jersey Heritage

Islanders demonstrated their generosity for wartime causes once more this week by responding to an appeal on behalf of those displaced by the fighting.


Islanders demonstrated their generosity for wartime causes once more this week by responding to an appeal on behalf of those displaced by the fighting. With the German Army having overrun most of their country, thousands of Belgian citizens have fled to Britain, many with just the barest of essentials. Jersey, along with communities up and down the country, has been responding to the plight of these unfortunates through the donation of money and best wishes.

With neutral Belgium the first unfortunate victim of German aggression, Islanders have shown a great deal of sympathy towards that country and its people. A Belgian Relief Fund set up earlier in the month and supported by the Morning News newspaper has proved very popular. During a recent flag day held in St Helier, Islanders generously responded by donating £600 towards the cause.   

More practical help for Belgians citizens caught up in the war is also being considered. There is a strong desire to offer shelter in the Island for a number of Belgian refugees currently residing in Britain. A meeting is planned in November to take the matter forward.