The Channel Islands have been adhering to a British Government order that women and children should not travel on board ships passing through designated ‘danger zones’. The restrictions have been imposed in view of the increased risk to shipping caused by Germany’s unrestricted submarine campaign. With the waters between the islands and UK mainland a favoured U-boat hunting ground, Britain has classed it as a danger zone, and ordered that no women or children be allowed to cross.
To comply, both Jersey and Guernsey have strictly controlled issuing passports, restricting them to men only. The move has been the cause of considerable angst locally, however, as passports are withdrawn or not given out. Yet according to correspondence recently received from Guernsey, it does not seem that the rules are being fairly applied.
In certain cases of hardship, the Channel Islands’ authorities have applied to the War Office for special exemptions, but all have been refused. When it comes to people wanting to travel from Britain to the Channel Islands, the War Office have been more obliging, allowing some women and children through.
It’s a matter that the islands should jointly take-up with the British Government.
A/E/8/17 contains correspondence on passenger restrictions between the Channel Islands and UK mainland, including comments on apparent disparity on issuing passports.