Christmas Greetings

A Christmas card given to my great grandfather.

A Christmas card given to my great grandfather.

Above is a photo of a Christmas card given from Captain J.F. Le Huquet to my great grandfather George Perchard Davey while he was a Private. There is no date on the card, so I am presuming it may have been given at some time while George served in the First World War. But I may be wrong.


Inside of the card

The other fact I may have wrong is the Captains initials. It looks like J. F. Le Huquet, but if I look at the examples of letters from the palaeography guide I have written about here: poster, you will see that sometimes it is hard to tell. It could be a J,F or G. See for yourself.

The letters 'J'

The letters ‘J

The letter ‘F’

The letter 'G'

The letter ‘G’

The only record I can find in my online search of a J. F. Le Huquet is a John Fred Le Huquet. His name is in a list of ‘New Trustees Of The Royal Crescent Church’ ( Archives records). I’m not too sure where the Royal Crescent Church in Jersey is or was. Maybe you can help me?  If you have an ancestor called J.F. Le Huquet and you know he was a Captain, I would love to hear from you and maybe you could contribute a little more to the background of this card.

Inside the card there was also a little verse:

DSCF4198Happy Christmas to you all!


WW1 soldiers in Jersey on Agricultural training


Article cut out from the Jersey Evening Post - 16th July 2009


The image above is from the local paper in Jersey, Channel Islands. it is about a local historian who is trying to find out more about the little known subject of soldiers based in Jersey at the end of WW1. This is something I am very interested in too.

The trouble with researching family trees is that there can be an awful lot of ‘hearsay’s’ and ‘apparently’s’. This is a post about my great grandfather who ‘apparently’ was an Australian soldier during World War One and at some time was based in Jersey, Channel Islands (which is how he met my great grandmother).

This is not a subject that many people seem to know a lot about if anything at all. So I thought it was time to put it out there in the hope that one day a reader will know what I am talking about.

This is the little I know:

Apparently there were not enough boats to send soldiers back to their home countries once the war had ended. So in the meantime a project was set up ‘through the efforts of a Lieutenant benest’, according to the article above,  in order to train these men with skills they would be able to take back with them, such as agricultural training. This incentive was not just set up in Jersey but in England too. There was an Australian group of soldiers in the Island at the time.

That is all I know for the meantime, but should more information come my way then I shall write more about it. Unless you know more!

Auxiliary female teachers during WW1

‘Our day’ – St. Ouen 1916

My aunty recently sent me the above photo cut out from the Temps Passe section in the Jersey Evening Post. It includes my father’s grandmother, Edith May Le Marquand.  I haven’t done a lot of research on this side of the family as I know that there has been a quite a bit of research done already.

Whenever you are passed a piece of family history it is always interesting, when it includes a photo of an ancestor it is like gold dust! My grandmother must have kept this in her belongings of treasured snippets of information. My aunty has come across it and kindly sent it onto me. And what a fascinating piece it is too!

Here are the words in the article that were written underneath:

In the J.E.P on 22 April 1997

This article gives you quite a few clues to explore further or details that may confirm what you already knew or were wanting to find out:

  • great grandmothers name – Edith Le Marquand
  • her job – she was an auxiliary teacher! I had heard it on the grapevine but had yet to see any evidence of this
  • the school – St. Ouen’s School (Primary) – this would make sense that she taught in St. Ouen’s parish as she lived there at Les Sixbulls when she married Alfred Boucheré. It would have been unlikely for auxiliary teachers to travel to a school on the other side of the island like they do now.
  • date of photo 1916 – as my grandmother was born c.1895, this would make her about 21 years old. Which doesn’t quite fit in with her being the lady on the far left as the article says. So which one she is exactly still remains a mystery…
  • the event ‘Our day’ – I hadn’t heard of this event before, so that is something new for me and my records. The flags are another lovely detail of how the day was presented
  • the returning War fiance – I know now that my great grandfather firstly went to war, and secondly where he was posted, Mesopotamia. Mesopotamia in Greek means ‘land between rivers’, and was the region now occupied by modern Iraq, eastern Syria, southeastern Turkey, and Southwest Iran.

Overview map of ancient Mesopotamia

To conclude, it makes you wonder how many more fascinating pieces of newspaper articles are out there, still hidden away in someone’s treasure box with some amazing snippet of information in them yet to be revealed.

Should any of this information be incorrect or you can provide more than please fell free to comment below or contact me. Anything extra from readers is always a bonus!