Locations of the Jersey Company

Standing today in a muddy field in France or quiet Belgian village, it is hard to envisage what took place there more than ninety years ago. Yet, with the aid of war diaries, trench maps, and contemporary reports, it is possible to visit the locations where the Jersey Company fought and the villages and town in which they rested and trained. Of course, it is also very possible to visit the cemeteries that many of them now lie, or the memorials on which they are commemorated.

The village of Houchin, scene of the first camp for the Jersey Company in France
The Marie at Loos. Nearby this former mining town the volunteers went into the trenches for the first time
The battlefield of Loos today. The Jersey Company served here between January and August 1916
The graves of Riflemen Mallet and West lying side-by-side in Bois Carre Cemetery
The cemetery in Vermelles where Captain Johnson is buried
The cemetery above Lapugnoy where Second Lieutenant Hibbs is buried
16th (Irish) Division memorial in the village of Guillemont, scene of terrible losses on 6 September 1916
The entrance to Guillemont Road Cemetery, burial place of Rifleman John Vibert
The fields in which the Jersey Company waited to attack Ginchy
Looking back towards Mount Kemmel from the Jersey Company positions below Messines Ridge
Kemmel Chateau Cemetery: last resting place of four Jersey Company members
The village of Wytschaete: occupied by the Jersey Company in June 1917
Grand Place in Ypres looking towards the Menin Gate. The Jersey Company passed this way on their way to Frezenberg in August 1917
The land at Frezenberg over which the Jersey Company attacked so disastrously on 16 August 1917
Memorial to the missing in Tyne Cot Cemetery on which is carved the names of Frezenberg dead
Fontaine Les Croisilles: Jersey Company served in trenches near here in September 1917
Approach to the village of Moeuvres, fought over by Jersey Company in November 1917
The memorial to the missing of Cambrai. Three Jersey Company names on one panel
Railway station at Steenwerck by which the Jersey Company first encountered the German offensive in April 1918
The village of La Creche where members of the Jersey Company held the German offensive for two days
Final position on Ravelsberg Ridge above Bailleul where the German offensive was stopped and Captain Ogier won his Military Cross





Memorial to the missing at Ploegsteert on which three Jersey Company names from 1918 reside
Hooge Crater Cemetery on the Menin Road containing the grave of Private William Johns
Duhallow ADS Cemetery: last resting place of Sergeant Charles Laugeard


© Ian Ronayne 2012