World War 1 Blog

From 1914

What actually happened in Jersey during the Great War? How did islanders cope with a conflict that was so close to home and yet so far removed? Jersey Heritage is setting out to answer these questions over the course of the next four years by putting together a blog about daily life on the home front. Starting on Monday 30 June, and every Monday after that for the next four years, find out what was going on in the Island 100 years a century ago.

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29 September 1914 →

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Police arrested a visitor to the Island this week following concerns that he may have connections to Germany. Dr Irvington Hahn claimed that he was American citizen coming to Jersey on business. But suspicions were raised at his St Helier hotel after he paid a bill with a cheque drawn on a Cologne Bank.

22 September 1914 →

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Amid a growing number of calls for Jersey to do more in support of the war effort, there has been news this week that a contingent of Militiamen have been offered for overseas service.

15 September 1914 →

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The number of soldiers present in Jersey increased considerably this week following the arrival of another batch of volunteers from Britain.

8 September 1914 →

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

1 September 1914 →

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There is considerable frustration among local newspaper editors at the lack of information forthcoming from the recently established official British Press Bureau.

25 August 1914 →

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Following representations by the military authorities, the States’ Defence Committee have agreed that Militiamen are entitled to claim separation allowances in addition to their daily pay when on duty.

18 August 1914 →

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This week, 78 Germans and five Austro-Hungarians met in St Helier’s Town Hall to discuss their situation now that they had become ‘enemy aliens’.

11 August 1914 →

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Concerns over enemy spies in the Island continued to grow this week. There have been numerous reports of suspicious behaviour, with ‘foreign nationals’ singled out as being potential German agents.

4 August 1914 →

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Following the expected news of Britain’s declaration of war on Germany, British military reservists have been leaving the Island this week to rejoin their regiments and ships.

26 July 1914 →

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The Island has witnessed a week of unprecedented upheaval. It began with the Austro-Hungarian declaration of war on Serbia and the likelihood that Russia would enter the conflict.

19 July 1914 →

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Concerns were raised in the States this week over a new law that is presently passing through the British Parliament.

12 July 1914 →

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The Battle of Flowers’ Committee have met this week to finalise arrangements for this year’s parade.

5 July 1914 →

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This week has seen the men of the Jersey Militia’s Town Battalion take their turn in training at the annual summer camp.

30 June 1914 →

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This summer’s welcome spell of good weather looks set to continue. The pleasant conditions helped to swell the crowd at this weekend’s splendid performance in St Helier’s Triangle Park by comedy troupe the ‘Nightbirds’.