There are reports this week that another member of the Jersey Militia has died. Corporal Walter Cheney is understood to have passed away at the General Hospital of double pneumonia contracted while serving on Militia outpost duty.
News of Corporal Cheney’s death comes just days after the funeral of militiaman Philip Langlois. Private Langlois, who was 28 years old, was a member of D Company, 1st (West) Battalion. Known to be suffering from a slight cold in recent weeks, he was taken seriously ill while ploughing on the family farm. Sadly, he did not recover and passed away suffering from pneumonia.
Private Langlois was known to be a popular member of his battalion, a fact underlined by the number of his comrades present for the funeral. The late soldier’s coffin was borne from his father’s house to St Lawrence's Parish Church on a gun carriage furnished by A (West) Battery, Royal Jersey Artillery. Many well-wishers lined the route to watch the funeral cortege pass.
These deaths serve to remind Islanders that while militiamen may not be face-to-face with the enemy, they are still placing their lives at risk while serving in Jersey.