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Date: 15 April 1970
Date: 16 April 1970
Date: 15 April 1970
Date: 15 April 1970
Date: 16 April 1970
Talk by Gordon Prigent, a prisoner in the SS camp in Alderney during the Occupation, to the Channel Islands Occupation Society. [See L/D/25/L/52].
Date: 13 October 1982
Series of Sound Recordings originally deposited with the Société Jersiaise by the Education Department. Includes recordings relating to the Occupation, life at the turn of the century and other miscellaneous recordings. Original reference JERSM/1988//428/1-29 (please note some recordings are missing). The audio tapes were copied in 1993 and the cassettes have been given new JERSM references, which have been included in the item description.
Raoul Lempriere talking on St Helier Town Church, includes; brief information on the age and apearences of the different parish churches; tombstones of Jean la Follay and Philip Durell Junior; royals who have worshipped in the church; layout and of the church; describes prominent features of the church, such as the font, altar, and organ; memorials, including those of Maximillian Norreys, Garthruda Amy, John Le Capelain, water colour artist, Michel Lempriere, Bailiff during the English civil war; Major Peirson (carved by John Bacon); mentions Roger Walden, a rector of St Helier who became Archbishop of Canterbuy in the 1300s; functions of the churchwardens; clock tower containing 2 bells; silver kept in the treasury and other valuables; possible origins of the church building; stained glass window of Christ blessing the children. Occasional dips in sound quality.
Extended version of item R/03/A/1. Raoul Lempriere talking on St Helier Town Church and the Royal Square, includes; brief information on the age and apearences of the different parish churches; tombstones of Jean la Follay and Philip Durell Junior; royals who have worshipped in the church; layout and of the church; describes prominent features of the church, such as the font, altar, and organ; memorials, including those of Maximillian Norreys, Garthruda Amy, John Le Capelain, water colour artist, Michel Lempriere, Bailiff during the English civil war; Major Peirson (carved by John Bacon); mentions Roger Walden, a rector of St Helier who became Archbishop of Canterbuy in the 1300s; functions of the churchwardens; clock tower containing 2 bells; silver kept in the treasury and other valuables; possible origins of the church building; stained glass window of Christ blessing the children. Also mentions the St Helier hermitage and the death of St Helier; statue of St Helier in the church of Bréville(?) in Normandy; Battle of Jersey; grave of Baron de Rullecourt; describes the prominent features of the Royal Square, including the States Chamber, the statue of George II, the Royal Court house and the then Public Library; old French names of Church Street and Bond Street and naming of Mulcaster Street; office block containing the Church House opened by Dr Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury;
Mrs Becquet talks about her experiences as a farmer's wife during the occupation. Recording originally produced by the Channel Islands Educational Broadcasting Service. Original reference: Res 4. Includes: getting engaged at the beginning of the occupation; last minute decision not to evacuate to England; worries over what the German forces would do; resentment over the order to put white flags up and the hoisting of the swastika; death of her mother as a result of poor nutrition; sharing food with friends and relatives; almost being caught making butter in defiance of regulations; talks about rationing and using substitutes for various foods and tobacco; bartering for goods; trying to pretend that the occupying forces didn't exist; mentions collaborators and their fate after the occupation; discipline of German troops; faith that Britain would win the war; story about a French pilot who landed in Jersey having run out of petrol; various robberies from their farm; arrival of British troops on liberation day. Interview continued in item R/03/A/3a. Duration: 24 minutes.
Continuation of item R/03/A/3. Mrs Becquet talks about her wedding during the occupation. Recording originally produced by the Channel Islands Educational Broadcasting Service. Original reference: Res 8. Includes: trying to buy an engagement ring on the day of the evacuation; got married in a chapel at Augrès; taken to the chapel in a horse-drawn carriage; simple celebration held at home; food and drink were not too elaborate due to food shortages; Honeymoon at La Fosse, Trinity; driver of the carriage stole the food from the hamper they had with them; effects of clothes shortages on weddings - had to buy dress second hand.
The Reverend Peter Manton talks about the hurricane of 02/11/1967. Includes: weather conditions; barometer readings; tides and flooding; damage occurring to property all around the coast; lack of sea defences; destruction of the Garden Cave at Plémont; mentions buildings on reclaimed land. Duration: 5 minutes.
Alexander Coutanche talks of his duties as Bailiff during the German occupation. Recording originally produced by the Channel Islands Educational Broadcasting Service. Original Reference: Res 1. Includes: concerns that war was building during the years 1935-1939; Home Office committee dealing with the Channel Islands, presided over by Norman Brook; suspension of normal government and institution of the Superior Council; proclamations for the government of the island issued on the arrival of the German forces; mentions different German officers in command of the island; initial expectations of German officers that they would soon be moving on to an occupied England; mentions Mr Prime, his interpreter; daily duties in dealing with the correspondence from the occupying forces; creation of the German field command at Victoria College House, and headquarters for the occupying forces in all the Channel Islands at Roseville Street; regular council meetings; protesting about things he objected to; setting up the Bailiff's News Office to deal with correspondence sent through the Red Cross; changes in island agriculture to become self-sufficient; supplies from France and requisition of cars to pay for this; Summerland knitwear factory set up to provide clothing; effects of D-Day; changes in the German chain of command; relief of the Red Cross ship Vega; deportations; meeting with German commanding officers immediately prior to liberation; surrender of the German forces on the HMS Beagle, and liberation; difficulties of getting the island back on its feet after the war. Recorded in 1971 by Sheila Sibson. Duration 43 minutes.
Bob Le Sueur talks about his experience of the German occupation. Recording originally produced by the Channel Islands Educational Broadcasting Service. Original reference: Res 2. Includes: initial feeling that Jersey was isolated from the war, tourists visiting etc; panic when it was realised that Jersey would be attacked; going to the Royal Square to hear the Bailiff's announcement of the Island's surrender; anticipation of the Germans' arrival and fears that they would ransack the Island; surprise at the disciplined behaviour of the occupying forces; shock at arrival of the first slave workers; reading notice in the Evening Post of imminent deportations; thoughts on suffering and patriotism; atmosphere and behaviour of people on the day of the deportations; mixing with Spanish slave workers; story about José, a slave worker, and his adopted son; treatment of the slave workers; feeling among the population that the island authorities were collaborating; rise of the Jersey Democratic Movement; feeling of living in a vacum and living day by day; thoughts and feelings on the liberation; discusses entertainment, plays put on at the Opera House, parties held; friends who sheltered 'Bill' [Feodor Burryi], a Russian slave worker, at a flat in Grosvenor Street; mentions women who had relationships with German Officers; treatment of Russian prisoners of war by their own government; mentions Gestapo headquartes at 'Silvertide', Havre des Pas and Mr Wolff, head of local Gestapo branch. Recorded by Sheila Sibson in 1971. Duration: 44 minutes.