A special ship will soon be departing Jersey to carry local children studying in the UK back to their schools for the autumn term. Following liaison with local authorities, the Admiralty has given permission for them to cross through the designated ‘danger zone’, and will also provide a naval escort.
Wartime restrictions presently prevent women and children travelling through sea areas in which enemy submarines are known to operate. With the ban extended to crossing the Channel, it placed a question on how Jersey school children studying in the UK and any teachers working there would get back home during the school holidays. Discussion and negotiation between local and UK authorities led to agreement on a limited number of specially escorted sailings to carry everyone affected back and forth at the start and end of each term.
Parents and relatives have been warned that they must contact the local military district office with details of any children needing to travel. The planned sailing date for Jersey to Weymouth is 20 September 1918. The children and teachers concerned will need to ensure that they have applied for and received all the necessary travel documentation.
A/E/8/17 contains documents relating to island school children needing to cross between Jersey and the UK and arrangements made permitting them to do so.