25 April 1916 - WW1 Blog - Jersey Heritage

Attempts by a local woman to hide her German nationality led to an appearance before the Royal Court this week.


Attempts by a local woman to hide her German nationality led to an appearance before the Royal Court this week. Found guilty of breaking Alien restriction laws, Maria Ramm, who has also been known as Mrs Williams and Mrs Thompson at various times, received a two-month prison sentence.

During the trial, it was revealed that Mrs Ramm was originally married to one Karl Ramm, a German national from whom she separated some years back. Moving to Jersey, she lived with a Mr Thompson, calling herself Ramm-Thompson. After his death, she lived for a time with a Mr Williams in a house above Anne Port, using that man’s name on occasions.

Compelled to register under the Aliens Act at the start of the war, Mrs Ramm falsely gave her name as Ramm-Thompson. There has been considerable public suspicion over her activities since, with suggestions that she may have been involved in spying and signalling to enemy submarines. After interrogation by the Attorney General, Ramm admitted falsifying registration, and ended up in court as a result. Despite her protestations, the Bailiff had no hesitation in jailing Mrs Ramm for two months and recommending her subsequent deportation.

Associated Record:

A/E/8/1 contains correspondence from the Attorney General about Mrs Ramm’s offence and subsequent imprisonment.