There was unanimous support in the States this week for Jersey to provide the British Government with a £50,000 donation towards the cost of waging war. The move follows a British appeal in April this year for the island to give more money, and an earlier donation of £25,000.
There has been pressure on Jersey to contribute towards the island’s defence since it stopped paying for Militia service in March 1917. After tractable negotiation, the States agreed to offer a sum of £25,000, which Britain accepted and graciously acknowledged. A request from the Home Secretary George Cave in April this year made it clear that Britain expected Jersey to make further substantial contributions towards the country’s overall war costs.
Announcing the planned donation in the States, Jurat Payne proposed that the Finance Committee arrange the payment as soon as possible. It was Jersey’s responsibility to do everything possible towards supporting Britain at this time of great national need he told members.
With the donation approved, the Finance Committee is intending to send the money as soon as possible by posting two cheques of £25,000 each to the UK.
A/E/3 contains correspondence between Jersey and the UK on sending the £50,000 donation and its receipt by the British Government.