Forster Family Papers and Rotary Club of Jersey Collection


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1944 - 1949

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Arthur Forster was born in Warrington on 28 September 1900. He married Ivy May Le Druillenec (born 6 April 1907 in St Ouen) in Hampshire in 1929, and their son Rex Murray was born in Aldershot on 21 August 1929. The couple lived in Jersey during the Occupation, residing at 7 Trinity Road. Originally an estate agent, Arthur worked as a nurseryman at Janvrin Nurseries during the Occupation. In May 1944, Ivy was arrested along with her sister Louisa Mary Gould, née Le Duillenec, and her brother Harold Osmond Le Druillenec in relation to the sheltering of escaped Russian forced labourers. At her trial Ivy was sentenced for prohibited reception of wireless stations and abetting breach of the working peace and unauthorised removal, but was granted an exemption from deportation on health grounds and served her prison sentence in Jersey. Louisa and Harold were deported and sent to prison in France before being transported to camps in Germany: Louisa was gassed to death at Ravensbrück Concentration Camp in February 1945; Harold was the only British survivor at the liberation of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp. In 1948, following the end of the Occupation, Ivy was elected as Deputy in her St Helier constituency, becoming the first woman to be elected to the States Assembly. Also in 1948, Arthur became President of the Rotary Club of Jersey. The collection contains: papers from the Occupation relating to Arthur Forster, Louisa Gould and Harold Le Druillenec; papers and photographs of the Rotary Club of Jersey including a letter from Field Marshal Montgomery to Arthur Forster and material relating to the club's silver jubilee in 1949; and a letter to Ivy Forster regarding her election in 1948.


Forster, Arthur
Forster, Ivy May, née Le Druillenec
Forster, Rex Murray
Gould, Louisa Mary, née Le Druillenec
Le Druillenec, Harold Osmond
Janvrin Nurseries
Rotary Club of Jersey


7, Trinity Road | clubs | deputies | Elections | Occupation | Photographs | Second World War | societies

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