As the potato export season begins winding down, a committee of local merchants have come together to demonstrate farming industry support for the war effort. They have been asking for donations towards a consignment of potatoes being sent as a gift to the Royal Navy.
Farmers have been responding generously, some giving part loads, some full loads. To date, over 250 tonnes have been donated. The public have also been able to show their support through financial contributions. An auction organised at the Weighbridge this week raised over £60, with people bidding for lots including a case of champagne, two bags of sugar and a ‘captured’ German 25 Mark note that sold for seven shillings.
At the same time, there is news emerging that the UK Government has approached the States with a plan to requisition Jersey Royals for feeding the troops. An appointed committee is considering arrangements, with Captain J. E. Dickinson of Army Service Corps appointed as the requisitioning officer. It is likely that all remaining potatoes will be required, except those needed as seed for next year. There will be a fixed price paid, at a fair rate to be decided.
A/E/10/1 contains correspondence from Captain Dickson about a conference being planned to further discussions on requisitioning Jersey’s potatoes.
L/C/180/C1/4 Photographic postcard showing the Weighbridge and Old Harbour St Helier about 1895, woth barrels of potatoes being loaded.