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Archive of Major Hugh Le Brocq

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Reference

L/C/146

Date

1900 - 1995

Scope and Content

Hugh George Le Brocq was born in St Helier in 1908. The son of John Francis Le Brocq, a master mariner, and Louisa Jessie Le Brocq, née Le Masurier, he married Hilda Pauline Davis Clement at St Lawrence Church on 11 March 1935. A banker by trade, Hugh joined the Royal Militia Island of Jersey and achieved the rank of Captain. On 20 June 1940 he left Jersey to serve with the 11th (Royal Militia Island of Jersey) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment moving from the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth, to Devon, East Yorkshire and the North East of England. On 9 May 1945, following the surrender of Germany the day before, the forces charged with carrying out the liberation of the Channel Islands, known collectively as Force 135, landed at St Helier Harbour led by Colonel W P A Robinson with Captain Le Brocq as his Adjutant. Whilst Colonel Robinson hoisted the Union Flag at the Pomme d'Or Hotel, Captain Le Brocq led a small party of men up to Fort Regent to demander the surrender of the Fort and to replace the swastika flying there with the Union Flag, thus confirming the end of the Occupation. Captain Le Brocq played a key role in the island following the Liberation, serving as Staff Master "Q", and later Deputy Assistant Adjutant and Quarter Master General, at Garrison Headquarters, and promoted to the local rank of Major. He was involved in visits by various politicians and dignitaries from the United Kingdom, most notably the Royal Visit by the King and Queen. The 11th (Royal Militia Island of Jersey) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment officially disbanded in April 1946. He became the President of the Royal Militia Island of Jersey Association, and played a pivotal role in the campaign to preserve and have laid up the regimental colours of the 11th Battalion at various locations around the island. Major Le Brocq continued to be involved in island life, and was in attendance in 1980 for the 40th anniversary of the embarkation of the Royal Militia Island of Jersey to the United Kingdom in June 1940, and the 50th anniversary of the Liberation in 1995. The collection includes: • Papers relating to the Royal Militia Island of Jersey, including: administrative material such as lists of volunteers, officers, members and other ranks; papers relating to pay allowances, the preservation of regimental colours, regimental silver and the Militia Museum; newspaper cuttings; histories of the Militia; papers relating to anniversaries; material relating to the Royal Militia Island of Jersey Association; papers relating to the Hampshire Regiment, including Freedoms of Cities; papers from the War Office, including papers authorising Major Le Brocq to return to Jersey on repatriation; and personal correspondence to Major Le Brocq from individuals with whom he served. • Papers relating to the Liberation of Jersey, including Major Le Brocq's copies of Force 135 papers, garrison orders, files concerning Operation Nestegg and the withdrawal of troops from the Channel Islands, and papers relating to events and visits following the Liberation. • Photographs including of battalions of the Royal Militia Island of Jersey, Fort Regent and relating to the Liberation of Jersey. • Bulletins and annual reports of the Jersey Society in London. • Miscellaneous items, including special permits issued during the Occupation, catalogues of captured German ground material, a certificate issued to Major Hugh Le Brocq's father, and a French publication containing articles about Jersey.

Names

Le Brocq, Hugh, Major
11th (Royal Militia Island of Jersey) Battalion Hampshire Regiment
Force 135
Hampshire Regiment
Royal Militia Island of Jersey
Royal Militia Island of Jersey Association

Keywords

captains | majors | Liberation | Occupation | Second World War

Level of description

fonds

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