23 February 1915 - WW1 Blog - Jersey Heritage

There was disruption in the communications between Britain and the Island this week due to a break in an undersea telegraph cable. It is not clear when it will come back into operation.


There was disruption in the communications between Britain and the Island this week due to a break in an undersea telegraph cable. It is not clear when it will come back into operation.

This cable was only recently installed to complement the older one that exists between Portland on the south coast of England, Guernsey, and Jersey. Until very recently, the presently broken cable was German-owned and running through the English Channel down to the Azores and then on to New York. The Admiralty seized it shortly after the outbreak of war, however, with a portion diverted to run between Dartmouth and Jersey, where it lands at Plemont. The action was part of an effort to reinforce cross-Channel communications, which have increased in importance since the outbreak of war. A second cable recently laid between Jersey and France has meant a fully resilient connection now exists through the Channel Islands.

There has also been news this week that the Rector of Trinity intends to drop his proposition for the creation of a memorial tablet bearing the names of Jersey’s war dead. It seems that there are too many ‘non-Jersey’ names involved.