With Zeppelin raids against Britain on the increase and the continued threat of bombardment by enemy warships on coastal towns, the Lieutenant Governor has extended restrictions limiting the use of public lighting. It follows a German air raid on 31 January that resulted in 61 people killed in several towns across the Midlands and more than 100 injured.
Under Article B (12) of the Defence of the Realm Act, or DORA, General Rochfort had already prohibited the showing of lights visible from the sea after 8.00pm. The only exception to this was on Saturdays, when the lights could remain on until 9.00pm. He has now announced the extension of this rule to encompass any lights that reflect on public roads or streets. The restriction applies to St Helier, St Aubin, First Tower, Georgetown, and Gorey. The Lieutenant Governor’s concern is that enemy airships and planes could use lights visible from above to aim an attack on Jersey.
Expressing comment, the local newspapers questioned the need for such a heavy restriction, pointing out that it seemed unlikely German aircraft or warships would bother to target the Island.
Associated Record: A/E/11/15 has correspondence dating between February 1916 and April 1916 about extending lighting restrictions out from St Helier to the rest of the Island.