[23], Not all evacuees returned. Although slow and limited, it kept vital contacts and reduced fear of the unknown. In 1940, Guernsey was occupied by German forces. Guernsey's evacuation began in June 1940. Guernsey's population decline is continuing, according to the island's first electronic census report. However the British Government had already decided in 1940 that the islands could not be defended without huge loss of life. All messages were routed via the International Red Cross headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, which dealt with 24 million messages during the war. [22]:148 Alderney residents were not allowed to return to their island until December 1945. [8]:193, Mothers with children below school age were authorised to go on the first ships, as were men of military age.[6]:41. The story of the Nazi occupation is told at the Occupation Museum located near the airport. They were very generous, helping with clothes and shoes, arranging picnics, providing free tickets to cinemas and football matches, lending furniture and donating money for Christmas presents for children. Some houses were not good, previously condemned, damp or bug ridden. On 11 June, the British War Cabinet considered that Hitler might occupy the Channel Islands to “strike a blow at our prestige by the temporary occupation of British territory”. That comes from data for the year up to the end of March 2018, gathered through the rolling electronic census which includes statistics from social security, income tax and other States departments. Families that had owned no property in the islands had found jobs and houses, and some youngsters had found employment and love in their evacuation towns. Guernsey, Channel Islands : Classification : Census. 1911 census summary books [13]:137 Other military planes were using the Islands, on 17 June 1940, a de Havilland Dragon Rapide DH.89 plane arrived in Jersey from Bordeaux evacuating Général de brigade Charles de Gaulle from France. Sign Up (Picture by Steve Sarre, 23772583) The population snapshot was taken in March 2018 for the fifth annual electronic census. units moved from Dinard in France to Jersey on 15 June, No. 1. 1841 census 2. Guernsey's population goes up again The latest estimates puts Guernsey's population at 62,307 people - which is up 242 compared to the year before. However by the end of December, a life saving Red Cross ship, the SS Vega, docked at St Peter Port with much needed supplies and was to make several more trips up to May 1945. However, life in the islands continued much as normal. [27], Over 90 local "Channel Island Societies" were established in England, with weekly meetings and arranged social events, including card games and dances. [22]:146 Some who returned found the men whom they had left in the islands had formed a relationship with another woman. States vote to allow more Police Officers to use Tasers. [23], In London, 20 Upper Grosvenor Street was the contact address for islanders, provided a legal bureau and held records for 30,000 Channel Islanders who could be found. [2] The Mayor of Bolton had threatened the islands with another invasion after liberation, as so many Lancashire holidaymakers would want to see the islands about which they had heard so much. This page was last edited on 25 October 2020, at 20:29. Channel Island Community Website: www.islandlife.org, All photographs © States of Guernsey Tourist Board. The reasons why people stayed or evacuated were personal, ranging from fear of the unknown to noble thoughts of continuing the fight with England. Show only sites classified as: Include or exclude One Name Studies links : Include Exclude. [10]:80–81 No hospital ship had arrived to take the elderly and sick away. It might take months for a message to arrive although a few of them took only weeks. Guernesey garde des séquelles historiques, physiques et culturelles de la Seconde Guerre mondiale.Les bombardements et l’occupation de l’île ont poussé la moitié de la population à se réfugier au Royaume-Uni. To this day, the Queen’s official title in the Bailiwick of Guernsey is that of the Duke of Normandy. Nowadays Guernsey, its capital St Peter Port and the smaller islands are a favourite tourist destination. Little did the islanders imagine their homes would be under German occupation for five years, before liberation on 9 May 1945. Tel: 01481 239100 Hewn out of solid rock by slave workers of many nationalities under the control of the German Occupying Forces 1940 – 1945. The BBC then announce the demilitarisation of the island on the 9 o`clock news. Guernsey is easily accessible by both air and ferry, please try our UK Travel Guide for further information. Alderney celebrates Homecoming Day on December 15th. The islands dealt with around 1 million messages, each of them costing 6d.[26]. The Lieutenant Governor of Jersey and Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey left their islands on board ships on 21 June 1940, the day France surrendered. Finally on 9th May 1945 the German Commander surrendered and the first British Troops landed in St Peter Port from HMS Bulldog. Content Detail; Related Links; Comments and Questions; Share; For Europe Map 1940 Map, Direction, Location and Where Addresse. [1], For British foster parents, the trauma of losing the children they had looked after and grown to love could be just as bad. Open March – November. The National Service (Armed Forces) Act 1939 passed on 3 September 1939 enforced full conscription on all males between 18 and 41, however it only applied to the United Kingdom and had no effect in the independent Channel Islands. [2] Some ignorant people asked if they had sailed across the Mediterranean and why were they not wearing grass skirts.[22]:143. [1] Not being able to live on the public assistance monies, one mother would look after the children whilst another mother went out to work, sometimes both worked, one doing a night shift and the other a day shift.[1]. The meetings of families could be equally traumatic, with wives and husbands meeting again for the first time in five years and discovering they had lived very different lives and had difficulty talking about them. Aurigny (aurigny.com) flies from London Gatwick to Guernsey from £100 return. 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