4 May 1915 - WW1 Blog - Jersey Heritage

The newly arrived enemy prisoners continue to attract considerable local interest. As a result, curious Islanders have been approaching the POW camp in St Ouen’s Bay.


The newly arrived enemy prisoners continue to attract considerable local interest. As a result, curious Islanders have been approaching the POW camp in St Ouen’s Bay.  

Their presence has highlighted an ongoing dispute between the military and parish authorities. This relates to uncertainty over responsibility for policing the road that runs from St Peter’s Barracks past the Blanches Banques site. In a response to queries, the Lieutenant Governor confirmed that the road is under Army control, as is the entire area immediately surrounding the camp. General Rochfort would like the Honorary Police’s cooperation, however, in arresting anyone who tries to approach the camp.  

There has also been indignation at an apparent campaign to raise funds for helping the prisoners. A letter has appeared in a local newspaper asking for donations towards buying a piano for the camp. It led to a number of other correspondents condemning the plan, and an investigation by the authorities. This failed to find out who was behind the idea but did discover that one local woman, who was German by birth, had approached the camp with an offer to buy cigarettes for the inmates. The offer was declined.