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Unveiling of the St Helier WW1 Memorial

Unveiling of the St Helier WW1 Memorial

Unveiling of the St Helier WW1 Memorial at Parade Gardens

Descendants of St Helier parishioners who fell in the Great War will unveil St Helier’s new Memorial on Friday 9th November.

A ceremony will take place at 1pm in Parade Gardens, attended by the Bailiff, the Lieutenant-Governor, members of the States of Jersey, the St Helier Roads Committee and the Municipality, and members of the public and the media are invited to attend.

The idea of commissioning a memorial to the fallen of the First World War arose following a conversation between local historian, Ian Ronayne, and the Constable of St Helier, in the summer of 2013. After the First World War, St Helier did not construct a memorial to its fallen, in contrast to the other parishes.

603 fallen parishioners were identified after an exhaustive survey of more than 1600 potential names, taken from the 1919 Jersey Roll of Honour and those added more recently by the C.I. Great War Study Group (‘CIGWSG’). Other records consulted included the Jersey censuses, St Helier’s baptism records, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the local newspaper.

The criteria for selecting the names were that the Memorial should only include people clearly associated with St Helier, e.g., not already listed on a memorial in another Parish; who were born in the Parish and/or living there for at least five years and/or connected with the Parish at the time of death; who served in the armed forces or merchant navies of Britain, France or other allied countries, and who died in military service or as a consequence of it between 4th August 1914 and 31st August 1921.

Local artists and sculptors were invited to make expressions of interest for the creation of the Parish’s war memorial. Fifteen submissions were received from which the Roads Committee chose a short list of four to be exhibited to the public.

The winning entry by Siobhann Macleod was judged to fulfil the brief best: a strong contemporary design of two low monoliths, one in concrete and the other in Corten steel; the memorial will be lit at night, robust, easy to maintain and will include quotations from contemporary letters to the soldiers, as well as the names of the fallen.

For further information please contact Constable Simon Crowcroft, at constable@posh.gov.je or 07797 717933.