Jersey must supply more, is the thrust of a letter recently received from the UK Government, more men, more food and more money. In view of the present dire military situation, Home Secretary George Cave writes, the island must assist to the utmost extent of its resources.
With the ongoing German offensives in Europe driving Britain’s armies close to breaking point, the British Government is pushing all parts of the Empire to even greater sacrifices. Triumph in the battles to come will require every man, every morsel of food and every penny of the Imperial finances.
Jersey cannot be spared is the message that the Lieutenant Governor has now passed to the Bailiff. General Wilson is plain in his requirements. First, to review the island’s manpower situation once again, and ensure that everyone who can be spared is serving. Second, to redouble food production efforts – something that will be challenging in view of the manpower demands. Third, for Jersey to consider afresh how much money it can afford to donate towards the war effort.
The Bailiff has agreed to convene the States as soon as practically possible to consider what can be done.
A/E/3 contains extensive correspondence on the Home Secretary’s demand for more men, money and food and Jersey’s response to it.