29 September 1914 - WW1 Blog - Jersey Heritage

Police arrested a visitor to the Island this week following concerns that he may have connections to Germany. Dr Irvington Hahn claimed that he was American citizen coming to Jersey on business. But suspicions were raised at his St Helier hotel after he paid a bill with a cheque drawn on a Cologne Bank.


Police arrested a visitor to the Island this week following concerns that he may have connections to Germany. Dr Irvington Hahn claimed that he was American citizen coming to Jersey on business. But suspicions were raised at his St Helier hotel after he paid a bill with a cheque drawn on a Cologne Bank.

Subsequent investigations also revealed that Hahn, who insisted he was from New York, is fluent in German. What’s more, it is understood that he formerly worked as a professor at Leipzig University.

The arrest was made on the grounds that Hahn made a false declaration on his registration papers, which must be completed after arrival in the Island. Although this charge was subsequently dropped, it is understood that the Lieutenant Governor has ordered the American’s internment under the Aliens Restriction Act. As such, Dr Hahn remains under lock and key at Fort Regent.  

In the meantime, there has also been disappointing news that the War Office has turned down the offer of a contingent of Jersey Militiamen for overseas service. In view of the fluctuating military situation on the Continent, it seems that the Island is to remain fully defended.