News that Britain’s new military service act received Royal assent last week circulated the Island. It means that from this time forward single men in the UK between the ages of 18 and 41 are subject to conscription.
Coincidently comes news from Guernsey that the number of young men arriving on the boat from England without passports has increased. The concern expressed by the Guernsey authorities to their Jersey counterparts is that these men may be trying to obtain a Channel Island passport in order to claim exemption from military service in the UK.
Guernsey is now refusing to issue passports to anyone who is not a local resident, and reporting people landing without documents there to the local Aliens Officer. As anyone can travel on to Jersey with just a special pass – which is freely issued – the concern is they could arrive in this island and try to obtain a passport here. Partly as a result, some further restrictions on movement came in this week, although the authorities on both Islands are keen to minimise the inconvenience to genuine travellers.
Associated Record: A/E/8/17 contains correspondence on between Jersey, Guernsey and the UK on the issuing of passports in late 1915 and early 1916, and the new regulations adopted.