A visiting representative of the American Red Cross is hoping to find premises in Jersey suitable for use as a rest home for airmen. The facility, which will accommodate around 50 or 60 guests, is planned for men convalescing from wounds or resting following the strains of active service.
It seems that Captain Hoskier of the American Red Cross first visited Jersey last year with the thought of establishing a rest home here. He has been back this week, planning to secure premises and arrange their fitting out. The preferred option is a property called ‘The Grove’, with the Red Cross intending to provide all the required equipment and staff.
The Lieutenant Governor has extended his full backing to the scheme. Noting that the home will be a great benefit to the Allied cause, General Wilson has contacted the American commander-in-chief, General Pershing, to offer the island’s support. He has also written for War Office approval to supply the proposed home with its required food, fuel and lighting.
Until everything is settled, Captain Hoskier has requested that the matter remain private and no mention made in the local press. The Lieutenant Governor has concurred.
A/A2/20 contains correspondence between Captain Hoskier, the Lieutenant Governor, and British and US authorities about plans to establish a rest home for Allied airman in Jersey.