Reports arriving from Ireland during the past two weeks indicate that the Jersey Contingent is settling well into their new home and training regime.
Following departure from Jersey on 2 March, the volunteers travelled by boat, train and on foot to reach their assigned camp near the southern Irish town of Buttevant. They are now undergoing training there along with the rest of the 7th Royal Irish Rifles, which is the battalion to which the men have been attached. Sport is helping to cement the bond between Jerseymen and Irishmen, with a football match staged this week ending in a hard fought 3-3 draw.
Despite this excellent beginning, the mood in the camp is understood to be somewhat muted following a tragedy back in Jersey. The sad news was conveyed to the Contingent’s Sergeant Thomas Whittle that his son was one of two young boys who drowned after being swept into the sea. The eight-year-old, who was also called Thomas, was playing on the beach at the Dicq when the accident occurred. It is understood that Sergeant Whittle is returning to the Island for his son’s funeral.