The number of soldiers present in Jersey increased considerably this week following the arrival of another batch of volunteers from Britain. They were recruited through the efforts of Lord Kitchener to expand the British Army, joining the South Staffordshire Regiment in Britain before being sent to the Island.
The 4th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment has been in Jersey since early August, replacing the 1st Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment that has now departed for service on the Continent. In contrast to its predecessor, the 4th South Staffordshire is not an ‘active’ battalion, but designated a ‘reserve’ unit. Its role during peacetime was the training of soldiers destined to serve with active units. While in the Island, it is continuing with this function.
The arrival of the latest volunteers, the majority of which are wearing civilian attire, coincided with news of the Allied victory in the Battle of the Marne near Paris. There has been great relief in the Island as a result, with the German Army reportedly in full retreat.