The Channel Islands and the Great War
from Group Members
|"My Family in the Great War"
by Ned Malet de Carteret
Published on 30th September 2014 by Reveille Press
During the First World War, the battles fought
at sea were every bit as dangerous as those fought
on land. Vast navies opposed each other across
the great oceans of the world, equipped with the
most up to date technology that industrialised
nations could produce. The human cost was staggering,
not only on those who served, but also those families
left at home.
My Family In The Great War
tells the story of three family members:
Midshipman Philip Reginald Malet
de Carteret, RN, (killed on HMS Queen Mary),
Midshipman John Malet Armstrong, RAN, (served
on HMAS Australia)
and Captain Harold Ackroyd, VC, MC, MD, RAMC (killed
at the Battle of Passchendaele, 1917) serving
in different theatres of the 14-18 conflict.
Written by a direct descendant, the story of
the war at sea and on land is vividly brought
to life through personal letters and historical
Meticulously researched, with detailed illustrations
and photographs throughout, My Family In The
Great War provides an intimate portrait of
total war, painted on a different canvas to the
significant hell of the Western Front, yet every
bit as lethal.
About the Author
Ned Malet de Carteret was born in 1961 in Jersey.
He was educated at St. Michael's Preparatory School
and Canford School in Dorset. The majority of
his career has been in financial services, specialising
in stockbroking and Investment Management.
Ned is a tireless promoter of
his island and family history and currently serves
as Vice-Chairman of the Rates Assessment Committee
for the Parish of St Helier.
Ned Malet de Carteret
"My Family in the Great
War" is published by the Reveille Press
and is available now from its various outlets,
priced at £15.99 (RRP).
Liz Walton's first book "A Guernseyman Goes
Published on 4th August 2104 by Guernsey Museum
It tells the story of Private Latimer Le Poidevin,
son of a Guernsey grower, who was conscripted into
the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry and served with
them from its formation to its return to the island.
The story is told in his own words
- according to the family he wrote his "memoirs"
of the war in a notebook when he came home in
1919, put it away and never referred to it again.
A transcription of the notebook forms the core
of the book.
The author has then placed the events
he described in the wider context of the war using
evidence from sources such as Battalion War Diaries,
Movement Orders and Casualty lists as well as
more general war histories. Guernsey Museum Service
has provided photographs from its collection to
illustrate the text, many of which are not on
There are also specially drawn maps
illustrating where the RGLI were based, how they
travelled and exactly where they fought.
The book is published by the Guernsey Museum
Service and is available now from its various
outlets, priced at £14.99
Jerseys Great War by Ian
Published on 30th July 2014 by Jersey
When Britain declared war on Germany
on 4 August 1914, by constitutional association
the small British Channel Island of Jersey also
entered the conflict. By November 1918, when the
guns finally fell silent, the Island had sent thousands
of its men to serve in forces of Britain and France.
Along with millions of others, they endured the
horrors of this first conflict of the modern industrial
age. By its end, more than a thousand of them had
died, fighting on land, sea and in the air.
Yet the First World War affected the
lives of more than just Jerseys soldiers,
sailors and airmen. Changes in society and technology
in the years leading up to 1914 meant that Islanders
were no longer isolated from the outside world.
This war would directly challenge them as never
Jerseys Great War tells the
important but previously forgotten story of Jersey
and its people between 1914 and 1918. Readers will
learn about the role of the Militia, the Islands
French soldiers, how German POWs came to be in the
Island, the fate of enemy aliens, the
opportunities for women and the impact of the war
on day-to-day lives. And at the heart of the story
is the four year struggle between patriotism and
production, the outcome of which affected the lives
of thousands of Island men and their families to
About the Author
Ian Ronayne is a Jersey born historian
and author who specialises in military history.
In recent years, Ians interest has turned
to his home island, and its rich historical legacy
arising from centuries of conflict and defence.
His first book, the acclaimed Ours:
The Jersey Pals in the First World War was
published in 2009. It was followed in 2012 by Jersey
War Walks and A Gunners Great
War, along with numerous articles, talks and
Ian lives in Jersey with his family,
and continues a career of historical research, writing
and teaching along with other professional interests.
Published in November 2007, "Guernsey and the
Great War" is a 48 page book covering all aspects
of the island's involvement in the war.
Priced at £4.99 plus p&p, it can be purchased
from Guernsey Museums & Galleries by contacting:
Annelies Tostevin, Retail Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by David Mosely, edited by Lynne Ashton, with
much information supplied by the Channel Islands Great
War Study Group.
Published by Guernsey Culture & Leisure Department
with support from The Rothchild Group in Guernsey.
Beautifully designed and printed and a
first rate read.
If you would like us to publish your review,
please contact our site
"Diex Aïx; God Help Us
The Guernseymen Who Marched Away 1914-1918"
Major Edwin Parks : 1992 : 172 pages (197
ISBN 1 871560 85 3
Contact Annelies Tostevin, Retail Manager, email@example.com
The definitive guide to the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry.
Currently out of print