Both Guernsey and Jersey had active
militia at the start of the war. Legally, they were
not able to be called to serve abroad. However,
each island offered to send a contingent of trained
(militia) men to join Kitchener's army of volunteers.
Both were sent to join Irish regiments then under
training in Ireland. More information, including
film of the departure of the Guernsey contingent
can be found here,
for Jersey. We also have a Roll
of Honour for those who gave their lives on
the Somme in 1916.
As part of the the centenary commemoration
of the Battle of the Somme, the Guernsey Military
History Company, supported by the Guernsey Museums
Service, The Guernsey Sporting Club and the British
Legion, presented a weekend of activities and demonstrations
to give some insight into soldiers lives in camp.
Wearing authentic uniforms of the The 6th (Service)
Battalion Royal Irish Regiment of 1915 and fully
equipped, they were joined by a French "poilu"
of the 247th régiment d'infanterie.