Commemorative visit of HMS Beagle

Reference: B/A/L41/17

Date: December 30th 1970 - March 22nd 1971

H.M.S. Beagle visitors book. Sept 1943 - June 1945.

Reference: B/B/01/1

Date: 1943 - 1945

Correspondence and papers relating to the presentation of the Visitor's Book from HMS Beagle by Ned Cowell and the Beagle's visit to Jersey

Reference: C/C/L/B1/13

Date: April 12th 1994 - June 7th 1994

HMS Beagle

Reference: C/C/L/C10

Correspondence relating to the visit of HMS Beagle to the Island for the 50th anniversary celebrations 6-10 May 1995

Reference: C/C/L/C10/1

Date: February 6th 1995 - April 13th 1995

Leaflet about HMS Beagle produced for 50th anniversary of VE Day including information about the present craft and predecessors

Reference: C/C/L/C10/2

Date: 1995 - 1995

Leaflet about HMS Bulldog Beagle (coastal survey vessel)

Reference: C/C/L/C10/3

Date: 1995 - 1995

File 314/5/6(8) Papers and correspondence re. organisation of the military for the liberation events, granting of the privilege, air display, bands, visit of HMS Beagle, visit of HMS Jersey and The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment Freefall Team - The Tigers

Reference: C/C/L/C6/4/3

Date: January 5th 1994 - April 4th 1995

Force 135 Unit, lists of attendees at the Liberation celebration events with remarks re accommodation etc. - HMS Beagle/Bulldog/Cosby/Narbrough; LST 238; 620 (Pembrokeshire) Regiment R A; 259 Field Company RE; Coastal Forces ML 600; Force 135; Miscellaneous Regiments; World War II Veterans

Reference: C/C/L/C7/4/1

Date: April 25th 1995 - April 25th 1995

Photographic slides taken in Jersey. Includes photographic slides of: a bat on the veranda at Moreno, Old Beaumont Hill, St Peter; HMS Scimitar; a wasp nest found by Frank Le Sueur; a Jersey Drag Hunt at L'Etacq; and HMS Beagle berthing at St Helier Harbour. [Missing in series].

Reference: L/C/142/C1/A/71/1

Date: January 10th 1971 - March 5th 1971

Photograph of the survey ship HMS Beagle berthed along Albert Pier in St Helier Harbour.

Reference: L/C/142/C1/A/71/2/1

Date: March 15th 1971 - March 15th 1971

Programme of events to commemorate the role of Force 135 in the Liberation of the Channel Islands on the 50th anniversary of VE Day in 1995.

Reference: L/C/146/B4/2

Date: May 7th 1995 - May 9th 1995

Photograph of officers of HMS Beagle

Reference: L/C/219/B1/11

Date: May 9th 1945 - May 9th 1945

Copy of an account of life during the Occupation and internment at Biberach and Wurzach in Germany during the Second World War by Ivy Helen O'Connor, née Goldsmith.

Reference: L/C/310/A/1

Date: 1990 - 1990
Undated, c. 1990.

9th May 1945. Includes photographs of a German naval pinnace bearing Alexander Coutanche and Major General Wolfe setting out to HMS Beagle in St Aubin's Bay, HMS Beagle and HMS Cosby, the arrival of the British troops, HM Motor Minesweeper, the first Royal Navy ship to enter St Helier Harbour and the moment of liberation when the Union Jack was raised on the Pomme d'Or Hotel.

Reference: L/D/25/F3/6

Date: May 9th 1945 - May 9th 1945

Channel Islands Occupation Society Tape 2 1) Summer of 1945-a Michael and Margaret Ginns production concerning the liberation of Jersey in the summer of 1945. Includes an introduction to the occupation of Jersey and the restrictions placed upon Channel Islanders by the Germans, the occurrence of D-Day but surrender not occurring in Jersey, the lack of supplies and fuel as a result of being cut off and the rescue of the islanders by the supplies of the SS Vega, news being gained from the crystal radio sets, listening to Churchill's speech in the Royal Square, the meeting of the German officers on the HMS Beagle and the signing of the surrender of the island, liberation forces coming onto the island and the celebrations that took place as a result, German prisoners of war being put to work to clear the devastation that had been left, parades of the British army, the thanksgiving service on the 17th May 1945 and the Royal visit on June 7th, removal and dumping of ammunition and islanders visit the previously off limits fortifications, the island returning to pre war state with the return of the mail boat and deportees and evacuees coming back to the island, finally clearing finishing in 1946 and celebrations to mark the one year anniversary of liberation-22 mins 30 secs. 2) Interned-a study of the deportations of Channel Islanders to internment camps in Southern Germany. Includes the reason islanders were deported, the serving of deportation orders, an exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of its occurrence with many paintings of interest being put on show, details of where the camps, Biberach, Laufen and Wurzach, were located, the make up of the camps, Harold Hepburn and other painters who took deportation as a chance to paint, single men being separated and taken to Laufen, different artists in the camps and examples of work done by Harold Hepburn, Henry Barnett, Sidney Dolby, Irene Grubb, and Joan Salmon, sport that took place in the camps, education, health in the camps, deaths and births of Channel Islanders in the camps, food and the assistance offered by the Red Cross, life continuing as normally as possible with celebrations of birthdays and anniversaries, liberation of the camps, freedom to move into the village and surrounding village and meet German people who had helped them, return to England and the Channel Islands, children adjusting to life without restrictions and the setting up of the Jersey Ex-Internee Association to promote greater understanding between people from Jersey and Wurzach-23 mins.

Reference: L/D/25/J2/2

Date: 1984 - 1984

1) Programme entitled 'Summer 1940-Part Three: Occupation June 29th-July 5th' broadcast by Channel Television presented by Alastair Layzell. Talks about the effect the air raid had on the islanders, the fact that the air raid confirmed to the Germans fact that the islands were undefended, the population being in fear of more air raids, Philip Warder, who wroked for the Post Office, waiting for instructions to sever the cable between Jersey and England, the Guernsey Controlling Committee running island and Raymond Falla talking about his experiences, the landing of the Germans in Guernsey on June 30th and met by Ambrose Sherwill, proclamations being put up and anger at Raymond Falla because cows were on the runway at Guernsey Airport, July 1st the Germans invaded Jersey and dropped an ultimatum which was taken to the bailiff, it told that white flags had to put up, the States agreed to comply, an aeroplane landed at the Jersey Airport the next day and sent a message that the island was to be occupied fom 3pm that day when the bailiff, government secretary and attorney general met the Germans, Leslie Sinel went to cinema at The Forum and when he came out Germans were walking on the streets, the Germans soon looked at the essential services, at the Post Office Philip Warder was arrested for no reason and offered resistance for the rest of war by destroying letters sent to the commandant and the Evening Post came under the eyes of the german censor. First impressions of the german soldiers was them buying up of goods from shops. Jack Herbert took germans to the generating station at the airport and had to watch as Germans defused bombs left at the airport, tomato growers realised their income had stopped, the Controlling Committee took the glass houses over to plant other crops, Alderney was taken over and headquarters were established, July 4th a party crossed to Sark and met with Sybil Hathaway showing her respect but brought her list of orders. Captain Gussek was the first commandant and with him Coutanche worked out a proclamation for the local government to continue. Overall the Germans were friendly, morale was high and they believed the islands were a stepping stone to England. 2) A brief account of the German Occupation of Jersey from the BBC Schools Broadcast produced in Jersey by Joe Jackson and Graham Simms. Report on the origins and development of the second world war. July 1st 1940 occupation of Jersey begins. The responsibility for the island was on Sir Alexander Moncrieff Coutanche and the programme shows how he shouldered the burden. He remembers the arrival of the Germans and the affect it had on his position in the islands. Bob Le Sueur remembers the uncertainty and the speech by the bailiff in the Royal Square giving instructions to fly the white flag. Mrs Perkins remembers Germans bombing the harbour and their arrival with the orders received by the islanders. They remember Germans thinking they could get to London very easily, the introduction of a curfew, the surprise at the discipline of the Germans, the scarcity of money and schemes to raise some, the scarcity of food and improvisation with different ingredients. A poem written during the occupation about the scarcity of food is sung. After D-Day food supplies were cut off and after protests from the governments the red cross ship the SS Vega arrived. The liberation came with the arrival of the HMS Beagle and Coutanche got a message to go to the Pomme d'Or Hotel from where he was taken to the ship to witness the surrender. The programme looks at his life before and after the occupation and the award of his knighthood and peerage.

Reference: L/D/25/L/58

Date: November 7th 1974 - July 3rd 1980

Autograph Book kept by Margaret Ginns, née Bouchere, during the German occupation and especially when she was a student nurse at the Jersey General Hospital, from August 1944 to May 1945. The book includes some personal items, the signatures of a crew member of HMS Beagle, Joe Jones; Theo Krausen, but added when he was 'discovered' at Batterie Lothringen, Noirmont in 1982; Newell Younggren, captured in his pyjamas by the Germans at Granville, 09/03/45; Armand Dubois, an American POW who was being treated for wounds at the Jersey General Hospital in August 1944, having been captured at St Malo; Captain C Hargreaves, No 20 Civil Affairs Unit; Captain Nichol; John Anderson, the UNRRA captured at Granville March dated 09/05/1945; Major Frank Sargent, RAOC, Force 135, during his visit to Jersey in 1980; Second Officer of the Vega; Peter Holt and Philip Congdon, RAF, added 27/04/1983; signatures from the anniversary of the liberation, May 1984; A Jansson, Captain of the Vega; Thomas Tait, ex US PC 564 revisiting Alderney in December 1986 and some german signatures including Willi Hagedorn from 1987.

Reference: L/D/25/M4/29

Date: 1944 - 1987

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