The offical online newsletter of the Parish of St. Brelade, Jersey
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Autmn 2009
News Stories
Two ‘Battle’ honours
New Association proposed
‘Monster, monster’
Message from Connetable
Modest increase in Rates
Chef de Police retires
Lighting up St. Aubin
Fingers Crossed!
All go at tennis club
Twinning Association
Ice rink: warm reception
Epic swim for charity
Award for students
Design career on cards?
Frightfully delicious!
Genuinely Jersey?
Competition success
Letters to Editor
Going Eco-Active
Jersey evacuees
Malaysia to St. Aubin
Seeing red- white & blue
St. Aubin Festival
La Baguette flooded!
Fete raises £2,000+
Jersey Evacuees
Association invites evacuees tell their story in new book
by Jeff Hathaway

The Jersey Evacuees Association is hoping to publish a book on the experiences as evacuees. St. Brelade parishioners who were evacuated from Jersey in 1940 and who would like their story to be published have been invited by the association to contact either Mrs Jean McLaughlin on 721171 or Mrs Elizabeth Etienne on 851234.
The Association was formed by Jean McLaughlin who started arranging meetings for former evacuees following the 60th anniversary of the Liberation. She said that she believed that much of what the evacuees went through, including those who joined the forces or helped the war effort in the UK, had so far gone unrecognised.
Some of those who joined the army, navy or air force died in action and others had very uncertain lives during those war years. A book documenting the experiences of some of the evacuees will provide a permanent historical record,’ she said. Mrs McLaughlin was two years old when she left the Island with her parents, John and Amelia Quénault, in 1939. Her father joined the Army and fought against the Japanese in India.

An interesting extract from the 1940 Hansard (House of Common minutes) reads:
Mr. De la Bère asked the Home Secretary whether he can now make some statement about the recent civilian evacuation from the Channel Islands? Sir J. Anderson*: When it was decided to demilitarise the Channel Islands special facilities were made available for certain categories of the population to come to the mainland, and 22,656 persons took advantage of these facilities. In addition, a number of persons left by other means, including air transport. It is estimated that altogether 25,000 persons left the Islands.
*Sir John Anderson, British Home Secretary (1939-1940) is perhaps better known for giving his name to the wartime Anderson Shelter. Ed
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