Having successfully completed their application and selection process, a group of 10 local women left the island in recent days to work in the UK. They will join hundreds of others presently engaged in munitions’ factories throughout the country.
In common with those who have already left, the young women were interviewed and examined at the Town Hall after applying for work. The process is a continuation of the scheme set-up by the Dean, Reverend Samuel Falle, with the support of the Constable of St Helier. After travelling to Weymouth, the workers will register at the Bureau of Labour there before traveling on to a factory in Coventry.
There was anguish for one local woman who had already applied and started work in the UK however. On a visit back to Jersey, Miss Becquet made the mistake of giving the photograph from her passport to her brother as a keepsake, cutting it from the holder. While intentionally damaging a passport is a very serious offence, the authorities accept she was unaware of the gravity of her act. They have agreed to issue a new passport so that Miss Becquet can return to work.
A/E/8/17 contains correspondence on passports including a letter on the case of Miss Becquet’s mutilated one.