4 January 1916 - WW1 Blog - Jersey Heritage

The scheme aimed at encouraging Jersey girls to sign up for war work in the UK continues to attract applicants.


The scheme aimed at encouraging Jersey girls to sign up for war work in the UK continues to attract applicants. This week a second batch left Jersey, sent off by a large crowd of well-wishers gathered at the harbour. Their destination is Birmingham, to join the group already working there having departed at the end of 1915.

Sending Jersey women to work in Britain’s munitions industry is the brainchild of the Dean, the Very Reverend Samuel Falle. A staunch advocate of Jersey playing a greater part in the war effort, the Dean used his contacts to establish the scheme linking Islanders with UK manufacturers. The women are first interviewed at the Town Hall. If accepted, they take a boat to Weymouth and from there a train on to Birmingham where accommodation and work awaits.

The scheme is not without controversy however. Reports have reached Jersey that some of the first batch of workers want to come home, claiming that the pay and conditions were not as promised. On the other hand, some women have countered this by saying they are perfectly happy with the scheme and fully intend to remain in the UK.

Associated Record: B/D/N/2 contains a portrait photograph of the very Reverend Samuel Falle, Dean of Jersey by Elliott and Fry Limited