9 November 1915 - WW1 Blog - Jersey Heritage

News that Germany is presently suffering severe winter conditions is partly behind plans to start a scheme for sending food and comforts to Jersey prisoners of war.


News that Germany is presently suffering severe winter conditions is partly behind plans to start a scheme for sending food and comforts to Jersey prisoners of war.

With many men from Jersey now held captive in Germany, families across the Island are anxious to send whatever provisions they can. The new scheme operates as a ‘grouping system’, by which five or more families contribute a small sum of money each week. The collective amount pays for one parcel sent to one prisoner relative of one family. This means that every man receives a regular supply of food and other items. Among these are packets of tea, tins of milk and dripping, packets of biscuits, bars of soap and cigarettes.

Bread is also dispatched to the prisoners, although it is baked in Switzerland in order to arrive as fresh as possible.

Administering the scheme is a newly formed organisation, Parcels for Our Prisoners of War – Jersey Bureau. Organised by Mrs Edith Haines, it operates from donated premises at 3 Brook Street, St Helier. The Lieutenant Governor, General Rochfort, has agreed to become the organisation’s president.