Guernsey bells ring in tribute
to WW1 dead
On 4th August the bells of Town Church, St Peter Port
will ring to remember each of the Guernsey dead of the
An ecumenical service organised by the
Bailiff of Guernsey to commemorate 100 years since the
outbreak of the First World War will be held next week.
The Service will be led by the Senior Vice Dean, Rev.
Kevin Northover, and Chief Minister, Deputy Rev. Jonathan
Le Tocq will be the preacher.
His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, the Bailiff
and Jurats of the Royal Court will all be in attendance.
The Guernsey Concert Brass will be providing music for
the service, which is open for all islanders to attend,
and join in commemorating the centenary of the First
World War. The service will take place on Monday 4th
August, at St. Pauls Sunken Garden at 11am. It
is expected to last around 40 minutes.
Liz Walton gave the annual Mendham Memorial
Lecture in the Island Hall, Alderney, on Thursday 24th
July. About 120 people attended a presentation entitled
"The Channel Islands and the Great War".
It covered topics such as why war broke out on such
a large scale, involvement of local Militias, French
Reservists and British Garrison troops in the islands,
volunteers and conscripts, the role of women and the
home front. She took the audience through the major
events of the war in chronological order, with examples
of Channel Islanders' involvement at each stage. Emphasis
was placed on how Alderney's experience was different
from that of the other islands, and events specific
to the island such as the murder at Fort Albert were
mentioned. Each section finished with a summary of Alderney
men lost in that year. The presentation concluded with
the aftermath of the war- Spanish flu, effect of events
on the population as a whole, and finally the fact that
only 20 years later all the residents had to leave their
island home which was taken over by the Germans for
5 years. Questions were taken at the end, and main topics
of interest appeared to be the men who died who are
not on the island memorial, and conscription in view
of the fact that King John's charter said that this
could only happen in exceptional circumstances
Jersey Heritage WWI
New books from Group members - More
7th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, can
you identify these men?
Alderneymen in 1917, can
you identify any of them?
yet unidentified - 635 Sgt Chester Cecil Church,
30th Bn, AIF
Alderney Museum has a World War 1 commemoration
display this summer
Welcome to the Channel Islands
Great War Study Group website
The main aim of the group is to improve understanding
and knowledge of the impact of the Great War on the
Channel Islands and their people.
If you have any queries, would like
to join the group or contribute information, please
in all Rolls is being expanded as families contact us.
This work continues.