Rumour and hearsay has abounded recently over the exact amount of coal presently available in the island. Exacerbating speculation that Jersey is facing an imminent coal crisis was an announcement made by one local wholesaler this week saying that their stocks are now exhausted.
Considering this, the States has moved to allay fears – while appealing for people to think carefully about their usage. A forthright statement issued by Deputy Francis Bois, the appointed ‘Coal Controller’, confirmed stocks of coal were low and the prospects of obtaining more uncertain. The British Government needed every available ton for the war effort, he explained
In view of this, there must be further ‘patriotic sacrifices’ made. Efforts thus far had been good…but more was needed. No householder – no matter how wealthy – should use coal fires to heat more than one room. This included bedrooms, which nobody should be heating unless ordered to do so by a medical professional.
The inhabitants of Jersey have so far not been called upon to feel the ‘stringency caused by war’, Bois asserted. Nevertheless, he remained in close contact with London to ensure that Jersey receive its vital stocks of winter coal.
A/E/10/4 contains extensive records on Jersey coal stocks during the war and efforts made to ensure the island remained supplied.