The Royal Court dealt harshly with a local man this week, who had both falsely registered under the wartime Aliens Act, and who turned out to be a Royal Navy deserter.
Bertram John de la Perrelle was born in Jersey in 1880 but left the island in 1902. Upon his recent return, however, he claimed to be called Bertram John Lux. The new name raised suspicions with the local Aliens Office, which investigated and then apprehended him.
Before the court, De la Perrelle explained that he had changed his name to Lux when working in Germany. His original surname had marked him as French, which made his new employer suspicious. Prior to this, he claimed to have served in the Royal Navy as a sick-berth steward, leaving in 1909 after seven years of service.
The court heard, however, that the navy was looking for a Bertram de la Perrelle, a man who had deserted in 1909. Learning this, the presiding Bailiff determined to make an example of the accused. Despite pleas for leniency, he handed down a six-week sentence with hard labour, and ordered De la Perrelle handed-over to the navy afterwards.
D/S/C1/1, D/S/C1/2 and D/S/C1/3 contain lists of Aliens registered in Jersey during wartime years.
D/AF/A1/1/85 (pictured) Photograph album of criminals with details of their names, place of birth, age, crime, sentence, previous convictions and arresting Centenier. Photographs of Bertram John de La Perrelle, 39, alias Lux, alias Lutz, convicted for an infraction of the Aliens Registration Act