5 July 1914 - WW1 Blog - Jersey Heritage

This week has seen the men of the Jersey Militia’s Town Battalion take their turn in training at the annual summer camp.


This week has seen the men of the Jersey Militia’s Town Battalion take their turn in training at the annual summer camp. Two specially arranged trains left from the town station at 6.30am to carry the men to Don Bridge, where they disembarked and marched to the nearby training grounds at Les Quennevais.

Nearly 400 men are present, and will take part in parades, manoeuvres, exercises and lectures, including one by their commanding officer, Colonel G.M. Mackenzie, on the ‘principles of island defence’. He had reminded them on arrival that they were expected to be on their best behaviour for the next ten days. Everyone needed to act as soldiers and gentlemen and not to play the fool and waste their valuable time. He was trusting the men to behave themselves, particularly when off-duty in the evenings.

Islanders are warned that the Militiamen will be carrying out live firing exercises in St Ouen’s Bay over the next few days. When the warning flags are on display, no one should enter the zone indicated between La Rocco Tower and Kemp Tower.