Welcome news this week that Jersey militiamen who served in the Island during the winter of 1914/15 are to receive the Princess Mary gift box. Less welcome is the ongoing and rising cost of paying for Militia supplies and rations.
Princess Mary conceived the idea of providing a gift to servicemen during the winter of 1914/15. A public appeal raised the funds to pay for small brass boxes filled with a variety of items, which were distributed to each serving soldier at the front and sailor at sea. Those on home defence duties – such as Jersey militiamen – were excluded, however, leaving many feeling overlooked.
Recognising this, the gift scheme has now been widened to include those serving at home as well. Members of the Jersey Militia on duty during the first winter of the war are included.
Gifts aside, the cost of paying for the Militia continues to drain States finances. The latest claims for the cost of provisions in the period 21 February to 31 March 1916 totals 361 pounds, 18 shillings and 2 pence. There is no immediate prospect of a reduction in the near future.
A/C2/50/1 contains British Army claims sent to the States for Militia expenses and authorisation for their payment.