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Battle of Jersey commemorative walk

Historian Ian Ronayne leads a walk on Saturday 6 January 2024 commemorating the 1781 Battle of Jersey.

It starts at Trinity Parish Hall and ends in the Royal Square where a ceremony and display marking the 243rd anniversary of the historic event will take place.

Walkers should gather at 8.15 am for an 8.30 start.

The Battle of Jersey commemorative walk has become a regular fixture in the Island’s calendar after being started by former army officer and historian Frank Falle. It marks both the events of that dramatic day and the role played by the Jersey Militia, which was a part time force raised to defend the Island.

When the French led by Baron De Rullecourt invaded on 6 January 1781, the Militia mustered in their parishes to march on St Helier. There they fought alongside regular British troops under Major Peirson who led his forces to battle in the Royal Square. The victory that followed ensured Jersey remained British rather than become French.

The walk will follow in the footsteps of the 1781 militiamen as they marched from their parish to muster with British troops on Westmount. Once in St Helier, walkers can join a ceremony and display planned for the Royal Square organised by the Constable of St Helier.

Commenting, Ian Ronayne said: “The Battle of Jersey is an event in our Island history of parallel importance to Liberation Day.

“Together, British soldiers and Jersey militiamen stood firm and defeated an invasion force come to claim Jersey for France. But for their bravery and sacrifice the Island we live in today would surely be a totally different place. So I’m delighted to be leading a commemorative walk again this year and telling the enthralling story of what happened on that historic day and important role played by the Jersey Militia.”

Date

Jan 06 2024
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Time

8:15 am

Location

Trinity Parish Hall, Jersey
La Rue du Presbytère, Trinity, JE3 5JB, Jersey
Website

Organizer

Ian Ronayne

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Date

Jan 06 2024
Expired!

Time

8:15 am

Location

Trinity Parish Hall, Jersey
La Rue du Presbytère, Trinity, JE3 5JB, Jersey
Website

Organizer

Ian Ronayne

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