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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12 March 1918 →

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Discussions are underway between the Jersey Mechanics’ Institute and military authorities over plans to send a representative group to visit the front.

5 March 1918 →

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After a gap of seven months, Jersey is hosting German prisoners of war once again.

26 February 1918 →

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The Channel Islands have been adhering to a British Government order that women and children should not travel on board ships passing through designated ‘danger zones’.

19 February 1918 →

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Britain has signalled its intent to formally record gratitude for Jersey’s agreed payment towards the nation’s wartime expenses.

12 February 1918 →

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News has reached the island that two more young men schooled at Highlands College have been killed in action.

5 February 1918 →

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General Alexander Wilson has signalled his intent to control farmers’ prices this year.

29 January 1918 →

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The island’s military service tribunals have been sitting again this week, judging more appeals for exemption from conscription.

22 January 1918 →

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In view of present shortages caused by limited food imports, islanders will be asked to set aside one day per week during which they won’t eat meat.

15 January 1918 →

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Confirmation came through this week that surviving members of the Jersey Contingent have moved to the Hampshire Regiment.

8 January 1918 →

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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.

1 January 1918 →

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Rumour and hearsay has abounded recently over the exact amount of coal presently available in the island.

25 December 1917 →

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Wartime worries were put out of mind for one night this week as the Royal Garrison Artillery held a seasonal dance.

18 December 1917 →

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While news from the front hardly seems encouraging this Christmas, islanders can at least indulge in some escapism.

11 December 1917 →

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The States agreed this week to make a generous financial ‘gift’ towards Britain’s war effort.

4 December 1917 →

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The situation with coal supplies during this forthcoming winter is a cause for serious concern – both nationally and locally.

27 November 1917 →

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The risks of wartime sea travel were underlined this week with a tragic, unexplained incident

20 November 1917 →

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After several worrying days, a boat containing supplies of petroleum reached St Helier Harbour this week.

13 November 1917 →

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Following a request by the States Food Control Committee, the Lieutenant Governor has telegrammed and written to the UK Government on the matter of flour supplies.

6 November 1917 →

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A packed Town Hall recently heard an appeal for Jersey women to join the armed forces.

30 October 1917 →

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The Lieutenant Governor is presently gauging the success or otherwise of the Austro-Hungarian internees brought to the island as wartime agricultural labourers.