From letters received this week, it’s apparent that the Jersey Contingent has recently left Ireland and moved to England for further training. The unit, which now numbers more than 300 men, is apparently in quarters at Blackdown Camp, a little way outside Aldershot.
The volunteers have been in County Cork since leaving Jersey in March 1915, training with their battalion, the 7th Royal Irish Rifles. But this happy period has now come to an end. In early September, they, along with other units of the 16th (Irish) Division, transferred to Aldershot in preparation for an eventual deployment to the front.
The fact they are getting closer to the fighting may help to drive up recruitment for the Jersey Contingent. With that in mind, Sergeant Harry Ross is presently in the lsland, trying to encourage more volunteers. To date the numbers are disappointing, however, with only a handful coming forward. Working against Ross are persistent rumours and innuendo claiming that the ex-Militia soldiers will never be permitted to actually serve in the firing line. Some believe that their ultimate destination will be garrison duty in India or some other far-flung outpost of the British Empire.