31 August 1915 - WW1 Blog - Jersey Heritage

There are continued suspicions that unknown people in Jersey are using lights to signal enemy ships off the coast.


There are continued suspicions that unknown people in Jersey are using lights to signal enemy ships off the coast. Several members of the public have reported seeing such lights in recent weeks, and the military authorities have undertaken investigations to discover their sources.   

It seems that in most instances, the reported signals have proved to result from innocent activities. In one instance, for example, Sergeant Major Holden spent two nights at the home of a concerned lady in St Helier, who had reported seeing numerous suspicious lights. They proved to be just mundane, however, including the rear lamps of passing vehicles, attic lights, lanterns held by workmen and fires at the gasworks. The Sergeant Major also pointed out that one observed near Elizabeth Castle was actually the buoy marking Ruadiere Rock, which moves up and down and side to side in the waves.

Despite these false alarms, the Lieutenant Governor has asked people to remain vigilant. Not only against the possibility of enemy agents using lights to signal but against showing lights in the vicinity of a defended port, which is forbidden under the Defence of the Realm Act.