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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23 October 1917 →

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There have been discussions recently between the States and the military authorities over what to do with the various arsenals situated around the island.

16 October 1917 →

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There was a sobering reminder this week of both the bravery and suffering of islanders fighting in the present war.

9 October 1917 →

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Extraordinary news reached the island this week regarding gallantry medals awarded to Jersey Contingent members during August’s fighting around Ypres.

2 October 1917 →

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Islanders are starting to receive their ‘Sugar Card’ in the post this week, allowing them to participate in the new sugar rationing scheme.

25 September 1917 →

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Latest States’ figures show that 1,300 men have been called up for military service since its introduction in March this year.

18 September 1917 →

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Concerns continue over the behaviour of Austro-Hungarian internees now in Jersey to work on farms.

11 September 1917 →

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Britain has raised the thorny matter of money with Jersey’s Government recently.

4 September 1917 →

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Islanders received notice this week of a planned restriction in the local supply of sugar.

28 August 1917 →

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Both Britain and Jersey are taking steps to ensure the availability of sufficient food supplies during the months ahead.

21 August 1917 →

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The question of Jersey’s agricultural industry’s commitment to the war effort has long caused rumblings of discontent.

14 August 1917 →

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There is considerable concern over the behaviour of some Austria-Hungarian internees now working on Island farms.

7 August 1917 →

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Despite Jersey not allowing conscientious objection as a reason to avoid conscription, it seems that a tribunal has upheld one islander’s claim for exemption on these grounds.

31 July 1917 →

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St Helier’s harbour was the scene of a dramatic episode this week. A local French soldier departing following a period of leave in the Island refused to board his ship.

24 July 1917 →

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With Germany’s unrestricted submarine campaign still taking a drastic toll on maritime supply lines, the British Government is asking people to accept a change to their daily bread.

17 July 1917 →

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There was a thrill of excitement and apprehension this week at news that a group of German prisoners of war had escaped from their camp in St Ouen’s Bay and were at large in the Island.

10 July 1917 →

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Recent weeks have seen a steady number of military service recruits returning to the Island – discharged as unfit to serve in the British Army.

3 July 1917 →

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A Royal Court hearing this week dealt with the matter of a property seized from an expelled Enemy Alien.

26 June 1917 →

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Since 1915, Deputy John Cory has been Jersey’s appointed Homing Pigeon Officer.

19 June 1917 →

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HM Government has raised questions over who is presently paying for Jersey’s wartime defence.

12 June 1917 →

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After months of organisation, the Royal Jersey Garrison Battalion is taking up its duty of defending the island.