The call went out this week for former members of His Majesty’s armed forces to attend the inaugural meeting of a local ex-serviceman’s association. The intention was to form a Jersey ‘Post’ of the national Comrades of the Great War Association. Anyone who served in the British Army or Royal Navy during the war was welcome to take part.
The committee rooms of the Jersey Political Association at 3 Brook Street was the venue. Meeting chairman was Captain Lyons-Montgomery, who was known to have always shown an interest in the wellbeing of ex-servicemen. Having served their island and country in wartime, he told the assembled crowd of around 40, it was important to maintain that sense of camaraderie and mutual support now that peace had arrived.
Following agreement to form the association, an election of officers took place. Alongside Captain Lyons-Montgomery, former Jersey Contingent member Alfred Stivey became honorary treasurer and former Royal Artillery bombardier Wesley Blampied honorary secretary. J. Jeune, E. McClinton, W. Gough and A. Landick received the vote as committee members.
The next meeting will take place at 10 Royal Square, with a room there becoming the association’s permanent headquarters.
L/D/11/J/4 - Official photograph of unidentified company of soldiers. Taken by Graystone Bird, 38, Milson Street, Bath. From the records of the St Ouen’s Ex-Servicemen’s Association, one of several formed in the island after the First World War.