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Sound recording of Jack and Patricia Allaire speaking about the Occupation and the years after. They were interviewed on 15/02/2005 by Marleen Hacquoil for the Liberation to Coronation Oral History Project. Mr & Mrs Allaire talk about farm works, rations, food, the Red Cross parcels for children and adults, entertainment, clothes, school, electricity, collaboration, deportations and the prisonners of war during the Occupation. They also talk about Mr Allaire's family, farm work after the Occupation, cars, buses, tourism, radios, television, the Coronation and Royal Visits.
Date: February 15th 2005
Sound recording of Geoffrey Allo speaking about the Occupation and the years after. He was interviewed on 04/02/2005 by Stuart Nicolle for the Liberation to Coronation Oral History Project. Mr Allo talks about the liberation, school during the Occupation, soldiers during the Occupation, Royal Visits, food shortage and rationing, clothes, Victoria College Prep, the Combined Cadet Force, the Royal Air Force, school sports, cinemas, shops, tourism, Battle of Flowers, International Road Races, working in a ship-broker office, the Hersey Canning Company, bicycles, the visit of General Montgomery and of the Duke of Gloucester, the Death of the King and the Coronation, radios, and televisions.
Date: February 4th 2005
Sound recording of Jean Arthur speaking about the Occupation and the years after. She was interviewed on 25/03/2005 by Stuart Nicolle for the Liberation to Coronation Oral History Project. Mrs Arthur speak about moving houses during the Occupations, the prisoners of war, Sundays school visit to the underground hospital, going to school during the Occupations, telephones, buses, farm crops, apples, horses, the use of a threshing machines, school, entertainments during the Occupations, farm workers, weight bridges, foot and mouth disease, the farmer communities, the Young Farmers Club's, school sports, going to the Agriculture College in Warwickshire, the Royal Visits and seeing the coronation on television,
Date: March 25th 2005
Sound recording of Jack Bardin speaking about the Occupation and the years after. He was interviewed on 05/10/2004 by Stuart Nicolle for the Liberation to Coronation Oral History Project. Mr Bardin speaks about the Germans landing and the meeting with Lord Coutanche, the white flags, his job with the Forestry Department felling trees, helping on different farms, stealing pigs from the Germans, growing tobacco and giving it away, the arrest and subsequent escape of Frank Le Pennec, hiding Le Pennec in an empty house belonging to a deportee, selling sugar beet to the prisoners of war, the food shortages, the Red Crosses ships, the restrictions on radios, the deportations of islanders, the celebrations for Liberation day, his job as a car engineer after the war, the germans cleaning up in St Aubins Bay, working on the ducks to Elizabeth Castle, the tourist industry, the political system after the Occupation, and cars.
Date: October 5th 2004
Sound recording of Harry Baudains speaking about the Occupation and the years after. He was interviewed on 08/10/2004 by Stuart Nicolle for the Liberation to Coronation Oral History Project. Mr Baudains speak about the last weeks of the occupation, the Kings speech, electricity cuts, the celebrations in Liberation square, having a radio, the Royal Visit, his time at Victoria College before and after the liberations, the farming before, during and after the Occupation, the horse drawn equipment during the war and machineries after the war, having a lorry, collecting seaweed on the beaches, an attempted escape to England, going to town during the occupation, participating in activities with the Young Farmers Club, going to Germany and Austria, his involvement with the Battle of Flowers, joining the honorary police, the international road race, the death of the king and the coronation, television, the clean up of the island, school sports, the draught of '47 and the transport and selling of tomatoes.
Date: October 8th 2004
Sound recording of Mervyn Billot speaking about the Occupation and the years after. He was interviewed on 12/11/2004 by Stuart Nicolle for the Liberation to Coronation Oral History Project. Mr Billot speak of being in the Royal Navy during the Liberation and his family, who lived throught the occupation, of being sick and brought back to England, of waiting a month to go back to Jersey because of restrictions and shortages on the island, and of visiting the island and seeing the bunkers and germans fortifications. He talks about foods, being on leave on the island, the first potato crops, going back to England before being de-mobbed, working on his fathers farm, going to the Hampshire County Farm Institute and his schooling, farm work after the war with the machineries, the farm workers, the exportation of potatoes and tomatoes crops, using a lorry to bring the crop to town, the political changes in the States, the Jersey Democratic Party, the Jersey Young Farmers club, the entertainment post-Occupation and the tourism.
Date: November 12th 2004
Sound recording of Roy & Doreen Bisson speaking about the Occupation and the years after. They were interviewed on 02/12/2004 by Stuart Nicolle for the Liberation to Coronation Oral History Project. Mr Bisson speaks about the days leading up to the liberations, hearing Churchill's speech, the Union Jacks flying at La Pomme d'Or, visiting the German fortifications, the rationing after the war, the Red Cross parcels, helping during the Royal Visit and working at the airport. Mrs Bisson speaks of talking to british soldiers during the Liberation, exploring the underground hospital, working for the Public Services department and the Jersey General Investment Trust, the rationing after the war and the Royal Visit. Mr Bisson speaks about his involvement with the scouting movement and how it works, the prisoners of war, going camping, working at the Jersey Electric Compagny, his schooling, electricity and the Royal Visit as well as the visit of Field Marshal Montgomery. Mrs Bison speaks about her involvement with the Girl Guide Movement, what she did with them and what she learned, her marriage with Roy, the reception at Castle Orgeuil (now hotel Cristina), the honeymoon in Switzerland, and a protest against the Insurance act.
Date: December 2nd 2004
Sound recording of Nigel Blake speaking about the Occupation and the years after. He was interviewed on 30/11/2004 by Stuart Nicolle for the Liberation to Coronation Oral History Project. Mr Blake speaks about being evacuated with his mother and his brother before the occupation and coming back after Liberation, the problems of settling back on the Island, moving back into a house, the german clean up, going to St Luke's school, the Colorado Beetles, the Royal Visit, the development of Bagot, the building of Grassett Park, the arrival of new families, the separation of people from different neighborhood, the cinema and its organist, rationing after the occupation, school separation according to religion, the Beeches school and clergyman, helping on the farm, the bus services, his father's work as a post man, tomatoes, the agricultural industry, tourism, the battle of flowers, the death of the king, the wireless, the Muratti cup, the canning factory and delivery men.
Date: November 30th 2004
Sound recording of John Bouchere speaking about the Occupation and the years after. He was interviewed on 15/11/2004 by Stuart Nicolle for the Liberation to Coronation Oral History Project. Mr Bouchere speaks about the days leading up to Liberation and the disbelief of peoplet, the realisation that the Germans were defeated, the arrival of the British Navy on Liberation Day, taking German equipment, having a bicycle, the clear up operation, sending the Germans to England, the food coming in to the Island, the Red Cross clothes, working at a garage during the war, converting cars to wood gas, finding petrol where you could, new cars coming in after the War, how the cars were shipped and delivered and the role of the garage.
Date: November 15th 2004
Sound recording of Emile Boydens speaking about the Occupation and the years after. He was interviewed on 06/03/2006 by Stuart Nicolle for the Liberation to Coronation Oral History Project. Mr Boydens speaks about [waiting for digital recording and transcription].
Date: March 6th 2006
Sound recording of William Burt speaking about the Occupation and the years after. They were interviewed on 23/05/2005 by Stuart Nicolle for the Liberation to Coronation Oral History Project. Mr Burt speak about [waiting for digital recording and transcription].
Date: May 23rd 2005
Sound recording of Ron Buesnel speaking about the Occupation and the years after. He was interviewed on 23/05/2005 by Geraldine des Forges for the Liberation to Coronation Oral History Project. Mr Buesnel speaks about the first days of the Occupation, seeing a plane for the first time, seeing the German soldiers, the restriction on farming produce, the raids on the farms for produce, the Germans taking some machine like the lorries, his time at the Grouville school, at the beginning and the end of the Occupation, the greenhouses, the relationships with the Germans, the slave workers, the Organisation Todt, the Russian camps, the buses, radios, collaborations, trading, the bombing before the liberations, food and ressources shortage, stealing, the deportations, stealing from empty houses, the arrival of the 'Tommies', the dumping of German equipment, people trying to escape the island and girls going out with Germans.
Date: May 23rd 2005
Sound recording of Florence Chapman, née Major, speaking about the Occupation and the years after. She was interviewed on 01/10/2004 by Marleen Hacquoil for the Liberation to Coronation Oral History Project. Mrs Chapman speaks about listening to the radio, waiting for the evacuation and the proclamation of Queen Elizabeth.
Date: October 1st 2004
Sound recording of Basil Chall speaking about the Occupation and the years after. He was interviewed on 11/04/2004 by Stuart Nicolle for the Liberation to Coronation Oral History Project. Mr Chall speaks about working at Jersey College for Girls during the occupation which was the German Naval Hospital, going to the pier on Liberation day, looking after the garden at the JCG, gardening, the return of the post and of the evacuees, entertainment after the occupation, the cinemas, his involvement in the battles of flower, car racing, horse racing, changes in politics in the states, the building boom, General Montgomery's visit, working at the FB fields during the draught, the death of the king and decorating the town for the coronation.
Date: April 11th 2004
Sound recording of Maureen Crago speaking about the Occupation and the years after. She was interviewed on 08/10/2004 by Stuart Nicolle for the Liberation to Coronation Oral History Project. Mrs Crago speaks about her life during the occupation icluding the rationing and rules imposed by the German Soldiers, her father rebelling by growing tobacco along with growing their own food, rationing, clothes and the Russian Prisoners of War. She then goes on to recount her fathers interregation in 1944 due to providing an outboard motor to people seeking to flee the island and how he avoided prison. Mrs Crago also speaks oft her memories of the liberation along with her life post war which includes her education, entertainment such as the West Park Pivillion, the cinema, the beach,The Battle of Flowers and the International Road Race. She also recounts the rise of tourism following the liberation and later on the increase in the islands finance sector which includes her career in banking whilst also recounting the visist from General Montgomery along with the death of King George IV and the coronation of Elizabeth II.
Date: October 8th 2004
Sound recording of Francis Corbet speaking about the Occupation and the years after. He was interviewed on 01/12/2004 by Stuart Nicolle for the Liberation to Coronation Oral History Project. Mr Corbet speaks about coming to Jersey before the Occupation, going to First Tower school and Victoria College, the days leading up to Liberation, the celebrations at Royal Square, the landing craft, the Germans leaving the island, the cold winter of 1944, the ressources shortage, being given days off school after Liberation, Germans removing fortifications and mines, exploring the germans fortifications, being a part of the Victoria College Officers Training Corps, the Jersey Airport, the Royal visit, the neighborhood of First Tower, the shops, the community of First Tower, the cinemas, the Opera House, the increase in tourism, the Battle of Flowers, the International Road Race, the dances, sports, going to Exeter University and coming back to teach at St John's School, the death of the king and the Coronation.
Date: December 1st 2004
Sound recording of John Day speaking about the Occupation and the years after. He was interviewed on 18/02/2004 by Stuart Nicolle for the Liberation to Coronation Oral History Project. Mr Day speaks about his families decision to leave the island following the occupation after which he lived in southampton. He recounts memories of the war including D Day, bombings, gas masks being issued, rationing along with his fathers job of building spitfires. He also describes his feelings on V E day along with hearing about Jerseys liberation and his families return to the islands following this. This involves recounting his emotions upon his return and how the island had changed in his absence. Mr Day's memories post war include fuel rationing along with his fathers employment and his education which included travelling back and forth between Southampton and Jersey, which was his first experince of flying. He describes his manufacturing of cans with his father who specialised in metalwork, following school which was used for the Dairy Indutsry. He describes the industry in deatil as it was in Jersey and how it has changed and describes the various dairies which existed in the island at that time. Similarly, he recounts how his buisness was impacted following the introduction of bottles and how he and his father had to adapt to this which involved working in hardware repair, coach building along with maintenance and repair of cars and motorcycles. His memories post war include his marriage, property and his memories of what St Helier was like at the time. Morover, Mr Day describes the International Road Race, the first of which took place in 1947 along with the Bouley Bay hill climb and the making of his own cars used for racing. He concludes with his memories of the coronation of Queen Elzabeth II.
Date: February 18th 2004
Sound recording of Richard De Faye speaking about the Occupation and the years after. He was interviewed on 24/02/2005 by Stuart Nicolle for the Liberation to Coronation Oral History Project. Mr De Faye speaks about marching aross the island after liberation with mined area and armaments, exporing the bunkers, his time at Victoria College during the Occupation with stand-in masters, the Junior Training Corps, playing sports like football, hockey, cricket, cross-country, badmington and tennis, watching football match between parishes and between the Germans, the community spirit, the shops, traveling to London, working at Westminster Bank in the machine room and the counter, women working at the bank, the banks on the island after the war, motor sports, motor bikes, being a member of the Jersey Motorcycle and Light Car Club, dances, the visit of Montgomery, the remembrance day services, the increase in tourism, the battle of flowers, and the new policies of the states.
Date: February 24th 2005
Sound recording of Basil de Carteret speaking about the Occupation and the years after. He was interviewed on 08/11/2004 by Stuart Nicolle for the Liberation to Coronation Oral History Project. Mr De Carteret speaks about his arival in Jersey following his evacuation from France. He then goes on to desrcibe the occupation of Jersey which involved any service personal having to register their names at the town hall. This resulted in his deportation from the island to a prisoner of war camp in Cherbourg, France for 6 months before being transported to Germany. He then recounts his memories of being liberated by the United States returning to England, V E day and discovering the liberation of Jersey upon his release which he then returned to after which he was responsible for supervising German Prisoners and the removal of various weapons such as mines which had been installed during the occupation. Mr Carteret describes the mood of the Jersey people after the liberation along with describing the continuation of rationing, his marriage and subsequent employment. Moreover, he describes travelling to Switzerland by car and eventually purchasing a property in Green Street in Jersey using a States Loan which had been newly introduced at the time. He continues by recounting the Battle of flowers returning in 1951 for the first time after the and being based at the avenue for the first time along with the International Road Race. He also describes what he did for entertainment post war which include The Forum Cinema, West Park Pavillion and the various holiday parks and cabaret acts.
Date: November 8th 2004
Sound recording of Edward de Gruchy speaking about the Occupation and the years after. He was interviewed on 25/02/2005 by Stuart Nicolle for the Liberation to Coronation Oral History Project. Mr De Gruchy speaks about watching the Allied troops ariving in Jersey on liberation day which he describes as ''the greatest day of our lives'' when recounting the islanders feelings and sense of freedom following the liberation. He describes his working life in agriculture in which he looked after cattle and grew various crops and describes how island life was affected and how long it took to return to normal following the end of the war.This included the exporting and importing of goods. He also remebers the process of growing the crops and how this was eventually mechanised along with cattle shows returning post war such as the one in Trinity where he recounts winning a prize. With regards to his spare time Mr De Gruchy descibes his involvement with the church, youth work and hosting guests at his home. Morover, he describes becoming a local preacher in 1944 for which he worked until 1990 in which he recounts various events that were organised for the Methodist Church. Moreover, he describes Trinity post war along with various commuity events that took place in the parish. As a farmer he remebers examples of Foot and Mouth disease and the impact this had on agriculture as well as the colorado beetles. He then recounts the formation of the Jersey Milk Marketing Board which impacted his work and also talks about tourismin Jersey post war. Similarly, he describes various holidays both to Guernsey and to England following the war along with the return of The Battle of Flowers.He also recounts his memories of the International Road Race and various visits from the Royal Family one of which involved him being presented by Prince Charles at the 50th Anniversary of the Liberation. Mr De Gruchy goes on to describe his memories of the death of King George VI of whom he had attended his corronation. Similarly he concludes by remebering the corronation in 1953 for Elizabeth II.
Date: February 25th 2005