Since 1915, Deputy John Cory has been Jersey’s appointed Homing Pigeon Officer. The role came about following the introduction of wartime restrictions on the release and transport of pigeons. These resulted from concerns over the possible use of pigeons to transmit messages to the enemy.
Deputy Cory’s responsibilities have been issuing the permits that every pigeon owner has needed for the last two years. Working from an office in the Town Hall, he has also inspected pigeon lofts across the island, diligently investigating any incident of birds being released.
In his report to the Lieutenant Governor for the period June 1916 to June 1917, the Deputy stated there are presently 464 registered pigeon owners in the island. This may not be an accurate figure, however, given that some may have given up waiting to fly their birds again and sadly disposed of their collection.
Concluding, the Deputy announced he had incurred out-of-pocket expenses totalling one pound and one shilling during the period, for which he enclosed an account.
In response, the Lieutenant Governor thanked the Deputy for his efforts. General Wilson would ensure that the expenses claim was passed on to the appropriate authorities.
A/E/8/19 contains reports and correspondence on the subject of wartime pigeon restrictions.