8 September 1914 - WW1 Blog - Jersey Heritage

It has become known this week that Centenier Arthur Luxon has been moved to the position of Aliens Officer.


It has become known this week that Centenier Arthur Luxon has been moved to the position of Aliens Officer. The Lieutenant Governor made the appointment, having decided that there was a need for a full-time person to fulfil the role. There is a strong belief that Jersey’s location so close to France and the constant movement of vessels back and forth increased the risk of hostile individuals arriving the Island.

Luxon, who will be based at the Town Hall, becomes responsible for registering all non-British nationals living in or visiting the Island. Each will have to fill in a form setting out their personal details and circumstances, and to subsequently ensure that the information given remains current. The Aliens Officer will also have responsibility for monitoring the activities of so called ‘enemy aliens’, which principally means German nationals living in Jersey.

Despite the appointment being made, it is not certain who will pay for the position. General Rochfort has no doubt however. After the British Government’s refusal to assume responsibility, the Lieutenant Governor expects the States of Jersey to cover Luxon’s wages and expenses.