Correspondence concerning air navigation in time of war including Statutory Rules and Orders Nos.992 and 1016

Reference: B/A/W10/1

Date: September 13th 1939 - November 4th 1939

Papers relating to the Compensation (Defence) Act including copies of draft Bill and Act for compensation for property taken over by the military

Reference: B/A/W13/1

Date: August 30th 1939 - March 7th 1940

Papers and correspondence relating to the Ships and Aircraft (Transfer Restriction) Act, 1939 including draft copy of Bill.

Reference: B/A/W15/1

Date: September 26th 1938 - July 20th 1959

Correspondence relating to passenger traffic entering and leaving the United Kingdom from the Channel Islands and the allocation of permits and restrictions for travellers

Reference: B/A/W18/1

Date: October 10th 1939 - May 6th 1940

Correspondence and papers relating to the National Service Law and provision of Defence Force including procedures for enlistment, copy petition regarding the name of the new force, Projet de Loi sur Service National, 1939, exemptions from military service and schedule of Reserved occupations and members of medical boards

Reference: B/A/W19/1

Date: October 5th 1939 - June 24th 1940

Correspondence and papers relating to the Personal Injuries Civilians Scheme including correspondence with Ministry of Pensions concerning compensation for death or injury resulting from war operations overseas or detention in enemy territory and Act of Social Assurance Committee, 1946

Reference: B/A/W21/1

Date: November 1st 1939 - January 27th 1947

National registration arrangements after the decontrol of passenger movement between UK and the Channel Islands

Reference: B/A/W26/1

Date: March 19th 1940 - May 14th 1940

Correspondence relating to subsidising essential commodities

Reference: B/A/W29/1

Date: June 1st 1940 - June 15th 1940

Correspondence and papers relating to orders concerning wireless transmitters

Reference: B/A/W6/7

Date: November 6th 1939 - December 14th 1939

Admiralty orders and related correspondence

Reference: B/A/W6/8

Date: January 5th 1940 - January 9th 1940

Correspondence and papers relating to the compensation of officers and seamen of the mercantile marine. Includes copies of legislation relating to pensions and compensation and lists of those compensated for being on board the 'Salvestria'.

Reference: B/A/W7/4

Date: October 13th 1939 - November 5th 1951

Correspondence concerning Messrs J W Huelin Ltd and a cargo of timber they wish to import

Reference: B/A/W7/5

Date: November 10th 1939 - February 23rd 1940

Correspondence and papers relating to the Control of Trade by Sea Orders with copies of Orders and Licence application

Reference: B/A/W7/6

Date: November 27th 1939 - May 8th 1940

Correspondence and papers relating to the control of raw materials including timber, paper and coal

Reference: B/A/W8/2

Date: October 14th 1939 - June 25th 1940

Correspondence relating to the rationing of passengers and crew on foreign ships, ships' stores and seamen's rations

Reference: B/A/W8/3

Date: September 19th 1939 - June 10th 1940

Letters from Home Secretary Herbert Morrison and C S Markbreiter of the Home Office, and copy of a statement made to the House of Commons reporting on the visit undertaken by Morrison and Parliamentary Under-Secretary Lord Munster to the Channel Islands on May 15 1945

Reference: L/C/200/B1/11

Date: May 5th 1945 - May 17th 1945

Letters written to Alexander Coutanche from England during the Occupation and delivered after the Liberation. Includes one from Herbert du Parcq dated 25 June 1944 accompanied by a covering letter dated 19 May 1945, and one from C G Markbreiter dated 10 October 1944.

Reference: L/C/200/B1/6

Date: June 25th 1944 - May 19th 1945

Letter from Frs [Francis] Heuchraulth to Major General Harrison relating to defence; includes a letter from Major General Horace de Courcy Martelli, Lieutenant Governor of Jersey, 1934 - 1939, to C G Markbreiter at the Home Office, relating to the appointment of his successor, the defence of Jersey and the role of Lieutenant Governor

Reference: L/C/55/A/2

Date: October 28th 1937 - January 25th 1939

1) Programme entitled 'Summer 1940-Part One: The Distant War June 1st-19th' broadcast by Channel Television presented by Alastair Layzell. It covers the beginning of June 1940 when Britain had been at war for 9 months, peoplewere being encouraged to spend time in the Channel Islands but the war took a dramatic turn with the Germans pushing through Europe, background given on the Channel Islands, in Guernsey 1940 the bailiff was Victor Carey who was elderly and so Ambrose Sherwill, the attorney general, was given the job of running the island whilst Alexander Coutanche was in charge in Jersey. The Lieutenant Governor of Jersey Major General Harrison wrote to the War Office saying the island was virtually defenceless, uncertainty of what to do, some air raid precautions had been taken with the establishment of the Air Raid Patrol, everyone was issued with gas masks, realisation that war was on its way to the islands. On the morning of June 12th the War Cabinet decided to defend the islands but reversed the decision by the afternoon deciding on demilitarisation, the first contact with war was the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from St Malo. Islanders were asked to assemble yachts and Coutanche and the Commodore of St Helier Yacht Club W S Le Masurier organised crews to picking up the troops including Reg Nicolle and Bill Coom who talk of the enthusiasm for the operation, the blowing up of the loch gates, french citizens offering money to get on the ships, the courage of british nurses refusing to leave their ambulances and the terrible weather on the way home. Extract from Churchill speech telling about the situation in France. Activity at the airport with planes refuelling, Jersey Airways suspending services and helping the RAF, evacuating the staff and Charles de Gaulle refuelling in the island. War and Home Office still talking and life went on in Jersey. The Home Office invited islands to send a representative to England to discuss the possible evacuation of the islands. Jurat Edgar Dorey was sent and he and Markbreiter called the Ministry of Shipping in search of boats and when returning was given a letter telling the Lieutenant Governor to leave. The decision to demiltarise was announced in the States and the evacuation was to begin. 2) Programme called 'Summer 1940-Part 2: Evacuation June 20th-28th' broadcast by Channel Television presented by Alastair Layzell. References to the dilemma of evacuation, queuing to register at the Town Hall and the fact people changed their minds, the calming of the people by the Bailiff who said his family were staying and condemnation by Jurat Dorey for those leaving. Evacuees tell of their journey to Southampton and then to the north of England. The St John Ambulance in Guernsey helped with the sick and old. In Sark Dame Sybil Hathaway encouraged the inhabitants to stay on the island. In Alderney Judge Frederick French called a meeting where his residents decided to leave. George Baron tells of leaving on the spur of the moment and the St John Ambulance personnel from Guernsey went to Alderney to assist in the evacuation. Some of the evacuation was carried out by Jersey Airways as the airport was besieged by people trying to leave. There was a calm after the lieutenant governors left. At the Jersey Airport Bob Lawrence talks of breaking up the navigation equipment and sending it to Southampton. The Controlling Committee was set up in Guernsey and a member, Raymond Falla, talks about the evacuation of cattle from Alderney. On June 28th undecided whether the islands were defended the germans undertook air raids and eye witnesses describe seeing the air raids in Jersey and Guernsey leading to 44 deaths, 33 in Guernsey, 11 in Jersey. The BBC announced that day that the Channel Islands had been demilitarised ten days before but it was too late.

Reference: L/D/25/L/57

Date: June 19th 1980 - June 26th 1980

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