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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16 January 1917 →

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The States have been discussing whether young women should be leaving Jersey to undertake war work in the UK.

9 January 1917 →

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A local man appeared in front of the Royal Court this week charged with committing an offence under the wartime Defence of the Realm Act.

2 January 1917 →

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A well-attended ceremony at the French Consulate this week recognised the commitment and bravery of four local men serving in the French Army.

26 December 1916 →

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With the passing of another Christmas – the third since war began – islanders have been reflecting on the last 12 months and considering what next year will bring.

19 December 1916 →

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To aid the release of men for service in the armed forces, a UK Government scheme permits the employment of enemy prisoners of war for agricultural work.

12 December 1916 →

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The tragic loss of Field Marshal Lord Kitchener in the sinking of HMS Hampshire on 5 June this year was felt keenly by the entire country.

5 December 1916 →

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Sad news has reached the island that Jersey’s former Lieutenant Governor, Major General Sir Alexander Rochfort, has died unexpectedly in London.

28 November 1916 →

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The extent to which the Defence of the Realm Act, or DORA, is affecting civilian life in Jersey became more evident recently.

21 November 1916 →

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The States met in session this week to yet again discuss Jersey’s plans for adopting conscription.

14 November 1916 →

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Faced with prospect of lengthening nights, there have been a number of appeals recently for exemptions from the strict wartime blackout conditions.

7 November 1916 →

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Having successfully completed their application and selection process, a group of 10 local women left the island in recent days to work in the UK.

31 October 1916 →

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A recent Royal Court case has underlined the seriousness of censorship rules in wartime Jersey.

24 October 1916 →

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There was considerable excitement this week at news that two German prisoners escaped from the Blanches Banques POW camp.

17 October 1916 →

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Considerable concern was expressed this week following news that the price of bread is rising yet again.

10 October 1916 →

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Just a few days after his arrival in Jersey, the new Lieutenant Governor, Major General Sir Alexander Wilson, has been out and about in public.

3 October 1916 →

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The island’s Lieutenant Governor since 1910, Major General Sir Alexander Rochfort KCB CMG, officially gave up his duties this week and departed from Jersey.

26 September 1916 →

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Les Blanches Banques Prisoner of War Camp can be a challenging posting for the guards on duty there, especially during the winter.

19 September 1916 →

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The authorities have been cracking down on anyone found breaking the regulations setting out wartime lighting restrictions.

12 September 1916 →

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Rumours circulating last week suggested that the Jersey Contingent has moved south from the area around Loos to take part in the tremendous fighting presently taking place on the Somme.

5 September 1916 →

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The case of Alice Krudewig has come to public attention this week through her attempts to seek help from the authorities after her Enemy Alien husband was interned five months ago.