A commentator has caused great local indignation recently with a number of accusations that Jersey is not doing enough to aid the war effort.
Writing in the Bystander magazine, a Major Redway has claimed the Channel Islands’ militias were standing idly by at a cost of over £11,000 per year to the British taxpayer. He also asserted that, ‘the army has received no assistance whatsoever’ from Jersey to date.
The comments have provoked a furious storm of rebuttals in Jersey, with the Attorney General tasked with reviewing local recruitment figures. His report, put before the States this week, shows that in fact over 1,000 men from Jersey have volunteered for military service since the start of the war. To them are added nearly 1,000 more who were in the British Army in August 1914 and hundreds more Islanders who have volunteered for the Dominion armies, chiefly Canada.
Added to this number are nearly 2,500 French reservists from Jersey who returned to their regiments when war broke out.
Far from not offering any assistance, the States unanimously agreed, Jersey has done as much if not more than any other part of the Empire.