Since the start of the war, around 2,500 men from Jersey have joined the French armed forces. As French nationals, their obligation to undertake compulsory military service remained, in both peacetime and war.
Anxious to ensure that all qualifying nationals are available for wartime service, the French military authorities have been in regular communication with their consul in Jersey. Their enquiries encompass those living in the island believed to have an obligation to serve France. This liaison extends to cover men known or believed to have come to Jersey while on leave and not subsequently returned to France for military service.
While French military jurisdiction does not extend to Jersey, the local authorities have willingly cooperated in the case of any local men believed to be deserters. In a recent case, Monsieur Auguste Jouve, the island’s French Consul, requested that the Lieutenant Governor order the arrest of Paul Pierre Charles Larose, a man from Jersey serving in the French Army. After being apprehended in St Brelade, the errant soldier was placed on a steamer bound for Saint Malo on the following day. There he was duly handed over to French military authorities.
A/A2/20 contains correspondence on the matter of men from Jersey either serving in the French armed forces or required to serve.