The island’s Lieutenant Governor since 1910, Major General Sir Alexander Rochfort KCB CMG, officially gave up his duties this week and departed from Jersey.
Over his years in residence, Rochfort, who is 66-years-old, formed firm relationships with island leaders and its people. Known for his fair judgement but firmness when needed, up until the outbreak of war, the posting was a fairly benign one for the old soldier. From August 1914, however, his responsibilities and work increased enormously as wartime powers came into force. His relationship with the States has been mostly harmonious since, although in recent months there has been considerable discord and disagreement over Jersey’s proposed Military Service Act.
This long running and contentious struggle may have contributed to Rochfort’s believed declining health. Clearly, the UK Government felt the need for a new man in command of Jersey, and appointed Major General Alexander Wilson, who has seen active service in the present war, as a replacement. Wilson arrived in the island this week to officially take up his new duties, while Rochfort made his preparations to leave.
Regardless of any differences in views, the States paid a warm tribute to the departing Lieutenant Governor.
A/E/3 contains numerous documents from and to Major General Rochfort on the subject of Jersey implementing the Military Service Act.