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Digital copy of Witness 258's witness statement to the States of Jersey Police as part of Operation Rectangle providing an account of his experiences at Jersey Home for Boys. [Some details redacted]. Signature witnessed by J [John] Packer.
July 16th 2008 - July 16th 2008
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Background and Home Life Provides details of early life, mentioning younger siblings and the break-up of their parents’ marriage and. Institutions Comments on placement into Residential Care from the age of 3, providing memories of Westaway Crèche and a transfer to the Girls Home near Grouville Church. Describes the layout of the Girls Home. Recalls transfer to the Jersey Home for Boys at Haut de la Garenne in 1942. Describes the property, and recalls the presence of an Austin Tilley vehicle painted blue and bearing a faint American star. Describes clothing available to residents, noting that long trousers were only given to residents on Sundays and when they had reached 13 or 14 years of age. Provides details of the regime at Jersey Home for Boys, mentioning punishments for misdemeanours. Recalls work undertaken by residents such as domestic and farming duties, allowing Jersey Home for Boys to provide staff and residents with potatoes, vegetables, chickens, and pigs. Recalls objection to the expectation residents were to use side plates and knives and forks due to the resulting extra washing up for residents. States that meals were held in silence. Recalls how boilers were installed between 1946 and 1947 to provide Jersey Home for Boys with hot water for heating and for washing. Describes how ‘House Boys’ (boys who had finished school but remained at Jersey Home for Boys) either worked around Jersey Home for Boys or for local farmers. Comments on the changing number of residents at Jersey Home for Boys throughout Witness 258’s residency. Provides names and descriptions of some residents, mentioning the German Police, prison, and the Royal Air Force. Notes how a previous resident returned to Jersey Home for Boys as a member of staff. Refers to staff at Jersey Home for Boys, mentioning three present in 1942. Describes how staffing changed after the Second World War, noting the introduction of an Army Captain, his wife, and their daughter. Refers to other members of staff, mentioning the Figaro Opera, crockery and pottery. Describes how physical punishments could be administered by three older boys, as well as by members of staff. Recalls other punishments such as caning and with withdrawal of pocket money or a sweet ration. Describes punishments for enuresis, and a punishment resulting in Witness 258 not being allowed to join other residents on a camping holiday in St Peter. Recalls remaining at Jersey Home for Boys and helping the cook clean the kitchens. Provides details of education provided at Jersey Home for Boys during the German Occupation, and education provided at St Martin’s School after the Occupation. Abuse and Consequences Details physical abuse by a male member of staff. Events after Leaving Care Left Jersey Home for Boys at the age of 16 for the Merchant Navy. Provides details of later life, mentioning wife and children. Returned to Jersey in 2004 and 2007 on holiday, and visited the previous Jersey Home for Boys site. Mentions that since 2004 the property had been painted and remodelled as a Youth Hostel.
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