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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30 July 1918 →

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A stark figure released this week underlined the impact on Jersey of recent German offensives in France and Belgium.

23 July 1918 →

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Since the war’s early days, there has been stringent restrictions placed on the use of racing pigeons in Jersey.

16 July 1918 →

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Concerns over the behaviour of imported enemy alien workers came to the fore this week as one appeared in court on several charges.

9 July 1918 →

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Tensions over class and privilege surfaced this week at a rowdy public meeting.

2 July 1918 →

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Recent announcements have shone a further spotlight on the Jersey Contingent’s bravery and commitment.

25 June 1918 →

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After deliberation and consultation with Parish constables, the Bailiff has rejected a requested local fundraising day in support of Britain’s wartime women workers.

18 June 1918 →

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In contrast to the previous occasion when German prisoners of war were in the island, local authorities are now prepared to allow their use as farm labourers.

11 June 1918 →

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In a subdued session this week, the States agreed to adopt a new Military Service Act.

4 June 1918 →

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A visiting representative of the American Red Cross is hoping to find premises in Jersey suitable for use as a rest home for airmen.

28 May 1918 →

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With Blanche Banques prisoner of war camp now reoccupied, it was only a matter of time before St Brelade’s Churchyard received more deceased German servicemen.

21 May 1917 →

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Thomas Colvill-Jones and his two brothers were pupils at Victoria College in the pre-war years.

14 May 1918 →

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A large crowd packed the Town Hall this week to hear an appeal on behalf of the Women’s Land Army (WLA).

7 May 1918 →

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Recent reports of flashing lights above Grève d’Azette Beach threw suspicions on a couple renting a seaside hut there.

30 April 1918 →

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An islander returned home this week after repatriation following three and a half years in a German prisoner of war camp.

23 April 1918 →

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Jersey must supply more, is the thrust of a letter recently received from the UK Government, more men, more food and more money.

16 April 1918 →

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Fish is the latest foodstuff affected by wartime conditions following this week’s news of plans to limit who can sell fish and how much they can charge.

9 April 1918 →

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As news of another massive German offensive in France reaches Jersey, the Lieutenant Governor is taking significant steps to increase the number of soldiers available in the island.

2 April 1918 →

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St Helier’s Royal Hotel hosted a long-planned fundraising event on Friday 5 April.

26 March 1918 →

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In a prosecution brought by the island’s wartime Coal Controller, a 16-year-old youth appeared in the Police Court this week accused of stealing coal from a ship in St Helier Harbour.

19 March 1918 →

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Germany’s submarine campaign is having a drastic effect on the UK’s butter imports. To fill the gap, many have turned to margarine