‘Till Victory is Achieved’ was the theme of a recent event held in St Helier’s Triangle Park. It was part of 500 other such demonstrations, held across Britain to mark the first anniversary of the outbreak of war.
While the exact number of Islanders attending is not certain, reports suggest a crowd of between 8,000 and 10,000. There was a performance by the Band of the Jersey Musical Union followed by stirring speeches from a number of dignitaries. Among them was the Dean, Reverend Samuel Falle, who had first proposed the event.
The crowd received an interesting update on Jersey’s war effort to date. It seems that 910 Jerseymen were serving in the British Armed Forces at the start of the war and that 579 more have volunteered to join the army since August 1914. Nearly 200 others have left to do war work in the UK. What’s more, the Attorney General told the crowd, 600 Jerseymen are believed to be serving in the Dominion armies while over 2,000 have left to fight for France.
The underlying message was clear however: while Jersey was playing its part, more sacrifice was necessary to win victory.