There was a reminder in recent days of Jersey’s ‘dual-nationality’ when it comes to the war effort. ‘France’s Day’, a fundraising campaign organised by the island’s French community, filled the streets of St Helier with red, white and blue tricolours.
Daily newspaper reports show the progress being made in the Somme offensive by the Allied armies. Men from Jersey are strongly represented, with some local families having relatives clad in both British khaki and French ‘horizon blue’ uniforms. This divided loyalty extends to the Allied navies as well, as shown this week by the presence of Francois Perron on leave from the French Navy and his son Francis who is serving in the Royal Navy.
The fundraising campaign, which had its headquarters at the Town Hall, was in aid of Le Croix Rouge, or French Red Cross. All day long, charming young ladies set out from there to sell tricolour emblems around St Helier. Town was looking splendid with bunting out and lots of young people parading wearing French costumes, including some in traditional Alsatian dress, a reminder of that infamous ‘lost province.’
Initial reports indicate that the day raised over £440.
A/A2/20 contains correspondence relating to Jersey citizens serving in the French Army.