22 December 1914 - WW1 Blog - Jersey Heritage

Despite the momentous events of the past four months, it appeared to be business as usual in St Helier this festive week.


Despite the momentous events of the past four months, it appeared to be business as usual in St Helier this festive week.

The shoppers and revellers who flocked to town on Christmas Eve enjoyed the performances of a number of musicians. Among them was the Salvation Army Band that drew a large crowd to the corner of Halkett Place and Waterloo Street with a rousing medley of festive tunes. The shops have been full of things to buy, although as some people later discovered to their dismay, certain items still bore the stamp ‘Made in Germany’.

But the presence of hundreds of men in military uniform made it impossible to completely forget the Island was at war. As well as South Staffordshire Regiment soldiers, there were plenty of Jersey Militiamen among the crowds. The majority of their comrades remained on duty, however, guarding the coastline and key installations – in all weathers.

Underlining the hazards of Militia service in winter was the recent death of Private Winter Tite, a member of the Town Battalion Reserves. Private Tite collapsed and died after an illness brought on by exposure while serving on night time duty.