8 February 1916 - WW1 Blog - Jersey Heritage

A Mr Jean’s recent visit to collect vraic landed him in the Royal Court this week charged with an offence under the Defence of the Realm Act, or DORA.


A Mr Jean’s recent visit to collect vraic landed him in the Royal Court this week charged with an offence under the Defence of the Realm Act, or DORA.

It came about after Lieutenant D’Auvergne of the Militia’s 1st (West) Battalion noticed two lights shining on Les Laveurs Slip at around midnight on 4 February. The Lieutenant, who was stationed with his unit at Kempt Tower, sent a patrol to investigate. It found two farm carts on the slip, one bearing the name of J. Jean, a farmer from St Ouen.

Accused of contravening the DORA regulation forbidding the showing of lights on the coast, Mr Jean was arrested. His defence to the court was that he was just collecting vraic with his son and not aware of any regulation against using a light. The court found him guilty as charged nevertheless.

Stressing the seriousness of the offence, the Attorney General pressed for a fine of two pounds. The Bailiff was dismissive however. Noting the widespread confusion over which lights were permitted and which were not under the regulations, he ordered a fine of just one shilling instead.

Associated Record: A/C2/50/2 contains a letter from the Lieutenant Governor to the Attorney General regarding an offence against existing regulations by J. Jean.