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The Jersey Roll of Service


Introduction

During 2007 it is the Group's intention that the Roll of Service for Jersey is progressively assembled on this website and will undertaken on an alphabetic basis. The method will be similar to the approach adopted for the Jersey Roll of Honour to be found on the site, in that the starting point will be the States of Jersey Roll of Honour and Service produced in 1919, initially supplemented by material from Victoria College's Book of Reference and from other sources such as the Medal Roll Index cards to be found on the National Archive website.

At a later stage, effort will be made to locate the records of those Frenchmen who left Jersey to serve in the French Army and Navy, a number in excess of 2000.

Inclusion will be made in the revised Roll of Service using the following criteria:

  • Jersey born
  • Jersey parents (one or both)
  • Residents (English)
  • Residents (French and other nationalities)
  • Service in the RMIJ including the Permanent Staff
  • Schooling in Jersey
  • Service in Jersey while serving with the
  • RMIJ, RJGB or other Jersey based unit

About an Individual's Entry

Wherever possible, the details listed will be appropriate to an individual at the time of the Armistice in 1918, or earlier if discharged as result of an injury, sickness or for other reasons. This will, not infrequently be, at variance with the original Roll of Service, and there are a number of good reasons for this.

The Army particularly, went through numerous changes as the Great War progressed:

  • There were a number of new Corps formed, e.g. the Machine Gun and the Tank Corps which took men from other Regiments and Corps.

  • In September 1916 the Training was reorganised such that Infantry Training Battalions were subsumed into the Training Reserve with the regimental affiliations being severed.

  • In March 1918, the Army's Organisation for Battle (ORBAT) underwent a fundamental change to cope with manpower shortages with each Brigade losing a Battalion and those men transferred to other units.

For the individual, this would involve a change of regimental number, since, in those days a central numbering system did not exist. It was essential therefore that a man transferred to a new unit was quickly given a new number so that he could continue enjoying his pay, and would not be confused with another in the regiment with the same number as he had in his former unit.

Such changes could be frequent and, often, they have not been reflected in the MRI, nor were notified to the compiler(s) of the original Roll of Service.

For a number of individuals, an entry "Further investigation required" has been included, and this primarily for those where there is insufficient detail to identify them more clearly by a unique service number for example, or that there is evidence that they enlisted. It is not meant to imply "non-existence", rather that the "paper trail" is inadequate.

Alphabetic Index of Names

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The database can be searched by surname or awards

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Future Developments

It is also intended that documents and photographs that can "bring to life" those listed in the Roll of Service will be incorporated. These will include, for example, Canadian Attestation and Australian service records.

For this, the Group will welcome any additional material in terms of personal papers and photographs. Information is also coming in from relatives and other interested parties via out social media page at:

www.facebook.com/groups/1696126187277672/


© 2007 Barrie Bertram