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St Helier's WW1 Memorial

St Helier's WW1 Memorial

Descendants of St Helier parishioners who fell in the Great War will unveil St Helier’s new Memorial at 1pm in Parade Gardens on Friday 23rd November. Two wreaths will be laid at the ceremony, one for those listed on the monument and the other for those who died as a result of the 1918 ‘Spanish Flu’ pandemic.

The 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 unveiling of the new Memorial was originally scheduled to take place on 9th November 2018 but was postponed due to forecast severe weather which would have made it impractical to go ahead as planned. The Memorial was, however, opened for viewing on Friday 9th November.

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 with 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 CI Great War Study Group (‘CIGWSG’). Other records consulted included the Jersey censuses, St Helier’s baptism records, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Evening Post newspaper.

The Parish criteria for selecting the names was that the Memorial should only include people clearly associated with St Helier, e.g., not already listed on a memorial in another parish, born in the Parish and/or living there for at least 5 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.

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 is lit at night, robust, easy to maintain and includes quotations from contemporary letters to and from soldiers as well as the names of the fallen.

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