Since the outbreak of war, Islanders have supported numerous appeals aimed at providing ‘comforts’ for the troops. Some have been home grown campaigns, while others are part of wider national schemes. One of the most popular presently is the national ‘Easter Eggs for Our Wounded’ appeal, which has a target of collecting one million eggs for distribution around military hospitals.
A Jersey arm of the Easter Egg appeal has been operating for some months now, and reportedly doing splendidly. So far, the Jersey public have donated over 70,000 eggs, with nearly two thousand brought to the appeal depot last Saturday alone.
In the meantime, it seems that some serving soldiers are hoping to bring their ‘comforts’ home from the trenches. One man, Sergeant James De La Cour, recently appealed to the Lieutenant Governor for permission to bring his gramophone and records back to Jersey from France. With import restrictions in place, General Rochfort passed the request to the Bailiff, who in turn passed it to the Harbour Committee. Given that De La Cour’s leave was only for ten days, the committee agreed to effectively waive the gramophone through customs with all possible speed.
A/E/11/15 contains correspondence from April 1916 on the subject of Sergeant De La Cour’s gramophone.