A well-attended ceremony at the French Consulate this week recognised the commitment and bravery of four local men serving in the French Army.
Two of the men were present. Soldat Jerome Chappuis of the 1st Colonial Infantry Regiment, who has been involved in the recent bitter battles for Verdun, and Corporal Jerome Durand of the 94th Infantry Regiment. Durand, whose family lives in Hampshire Gardens, has won the Medaille Militaire for bravery but lost his left hand in the fighting.
The families of the two other soldiers attended the ceremony, and were presented certificates in recognition of their men’s sacrifice. Soldats Pierre Rault and Francois Yrand, both serving with the 27th Infantry Regiment at the start of the war, had been killed in action before the end of 1914.
Speaking during the event, the Consul, Monsieur Jouve, praised the men and their families, expressing a belief that the sacrifices made would prove worthwhile. He also talked about the work going on in Jersey to support dependents of local men serving in the French armed forces. Since the start of the war, he revealed, he had dispersed over 700,000 Francs sent by the French Government.
A/A2/20 contained correspondence with Monsieur Jouve on men from Jersey serving in the French armed forces, or questioning why others had not joined up.
D/S/B1/277: Aliens registration card of Jerome Durand