News has reached the island that two more young men schooled at Highlands College have been killed in action. Their names add to a sadly growing school roll of honour and serve to remind islanders of the wide-ranging cost of war on all Jersey’s various communities.
Twenty-three-year-old Albert Marie Tombelaine, who served as a lieutenant in the 276e Regiment d’Artillerie, died of his wounds at a military hospital in Laval on 9 January 1918. Aspirant Gerard Babin de Lignac was killed in Italy on 12 December 1917 fighting with the 70e Bataillon de Chasseurs Alpins, aged 21-years-old.
Both attended Jersey’s Notre Dame de Bon Secours College, a Jesuit teaching institution established in the island at the end of the 19th century. Having purchased the property known as ‘Highlands’, the Jesuits constructed a large school and ornate chapel on the hillside overlooking St Helier. Since the start of the war, many of the college’s former pupils and a number of its teachers have joined the French armed forces, serving on all fronts. These latest deaths bring the number who have died in the service of their country to over 50.
D/J/W/A1/31 contains a collection of photographs showing the students of Bon Secours College taking part in various activities.