Trinity Great War Memorial Friday, Aug 15 2014 

Trinity Memorial

Trinity Great War Memorial, I have gathered information from the Channel Islands and the Great War and web sites, but I was unable to find details of some of them. Inside the church is an updated Memorial with some additions

Sergeant Josué Renouf Bisson
3rd (or Town) Battalion, Royal Militia of the Island of Jersey 19/08/1917
Son of Josué Machon Bisson & Charlotte Rachel Le Boutillier Renouf, born 11 Nov 1886 in Ville-a-L’Eveque, Trinity, Jersey Died aged 31 in Rozel, Trinity. Occupation : Ecrivain

Rifleman Charles Garnet Blampied
7th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, 06/09/1916
Jersey Evening Post of Tuesday 19 September 1916
Roll of Honour. Rifleman C Garnet Blampied, who for 13 years was employed as a compositor at the office of our French contemporary Le Chronique de Jersey and who left with the Jersey contingent, has been killed in action. A brother of the deceased, who had joined the Canadian Overseas Forces was killed some time ago and another brother is at present a prisoner of war in the hands of the enemy.

Private John Blampied
23rd Battalion, Middlesex Regiment
10/10/1916 , buried Wallencourt, Youngest son of Charles & Madge Blampied of 8 Almorah Crescent, St Helier, Jersey. One of two brothers who both fell. Killed in action, aged 17 years.

Private Thomas John Blampied
26th Batallion, Canadian Infantry (New Brunswick Regiment)
18/06/1916 . Son of Charles & Mary Jane Gallichan
One of two brothers who both fell within 3 months. Deceased, aged 22 years.

CSM John James Bull
1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment
15/09/1916, Son of Charles and Mary Jane Bull (nee Pougher), of Cosby, Leicester. Husband of Lydia Jane Bull (nee Lempriere), of 51 Great Union Road, Jersey. Served in the South African Campaign. Killed in action aged 35 years.

Lieutenant Frederick (Fred) Max Burger Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
14/10/1918, Youngest son of the late George William Charles & Margaret (Maggie) Burger (nee Tobin) of 12 Lempriere Street, St Helier, Jersey. Killed in action, aged 29 years.Commemorated on family memorial in Almorah Cemetery, Trinity Parish Memorial and on memorial in Masonic Temple to Freemasons. 1901 census living at the family run Alnwick Hotel, Trinity.
Private Wilfred De La Haye (served as Delaney).
Canadian Forces 1st Mounted Rifles Saskatchewan Regiment
15/09/1916 . Youngest son of Alfred de la Haye of Haute Croix, Jersey. Killed in action, aged 29 years

Gunner Elias George Dorey
290th Siege Battery. Royal Garrison Artillery, 31/10/1917, Son of John and Elsie Dorey, of Jersey. Killed in action, aged 23 years. Commemorated on St Johns Parish Memorial, and on Sion Methodist Church Sunday School Memorial, Jersey

Private John Philip du Feu
15th Battalion, London Regiment (Prince of Wales Own Civil Service Rifles)
03/08/1917. Second son of Mr and Mrs James du Feu of Rue es Pelles, Trinity, Jersey. Formerly employed by Au Gagne Petit in Jersey and also worked in London. Killed in action, aged 33 years.
Jersey Evening Post of Monday 20 August 1917
Roll of Honour. We record with regret the death which took place in action on 31 July last of Private John Philip du Feu of the London Regiment. The deceased soldier was the son of Mr & Mrs J du Feu of Rue es Pelles, Trinity, and was at one time employed at Au Gagne Petit and of latter years had been manager of a drapery business in London. The gallant soldier was 33 and leaves a widow in London to whom, with the other members of the bereaved family in Jersey, we tender our sincere sympathy.

Cadet John Tourgis du Val
44th Wing, Royal Air Force
25/04/1918. Eldest son of Mr & Mrs John du Val of La Bagatelle, Trinity, Jersey
Jersey Evening Post of Saturday 4 May 1918
Jersey Cadet Killed in Aeroplane Accident. It is with sincere regret we learn that John du Val, a cadet in the Canadian Air Service, eldest son of Mr John du Val the respected temporary postman at Trinity, was killed on 25 April in an aeroplane accident. This young Islander went out to Canada in 1908 and for 5 years was employed by the firm of J Le Grand Paspebiac, he then proceeded to Montreal where by his ability and hard work he won the esteem of all who knew him. In 1917 he passed all the tests at the Whycliffe Training College for Cadets in Toronto and then was sent to Texas to complete his practical training as a pilot. He was expected in England shortly on his way to the Front and was looking forward to a well earned holiday with his parents in his native Isle. The late cadet was in his 25th year. To Mr & Mrs du Val, whose second son is at the Front, and the other members of the family we offer our sincere sympathy. Killed in an aircraft accident, aged 25 years.

Regimental Sergeant Major James Hudson Goldsmith
Staff – Heavy Artillery Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery
Husband of Lilian Goldsmith of Fair View, Trinity, Jersey, he was born in Alderney
Died of wounds, aged 37 years
Jersey Evening Post of Tuesday 9 April 1918
Roll of Honour. Another well known soldier who was taken prisoner at Kut el Amara has unfortunately died whilst in the hands of the Turks, we refer to Regimental Sergeant Major J H Goldsmith, a former member of the RMIJ Permanent Staff, whose wife and three children reside at Fair View, Trinity. The deceased soldier was attached to the 86th Heavy Battery Royal Artillery and was captured at the close of 1916 and no news had been received from him for a considerable period. His wife has, however, now received the tragic information that he died at Islahgaa in Turkey. The late Regimental Sergeant Major, who was in his 37th year, was a well known athlete and had scores of friends and acquaintances in the Island who will hear the above news with regret and much sympathy will be felt for the widow and children.

Private Alfred (Fred) Charles Guégan
7th Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
23/08/1918. Fourth son of Jean Francois Guégan & Marie Francoise Darcel of La Biarderie, Trinity, Jersey. One of two brothers who both fell in 1918. Killed in action, aged 18 years

Private John P Guegan
1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry
13/04/1918. Younger son of the late Mr James F Guegan and Mrs Guegan of Melville Cottage, Trinity, Jersey. Killed in action, aged 23 years.
Jersey Evening Post of Tuesday 7 May 1918
Roll of Honour. We record with regret the death which took place in action on 1 April of Private J P Guegan, younger son of Mrs Guegan of Melville Cottage, Trinity. The deceased gallant soldier was 24 and joined up early last year in the Hampshire Regiment, being later transferred to the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, and had only been transferred from another Front a few days when he met his death. Previous to joining the colours he was employed by his brother-in-law, Mr J Michel of Longueville. Killed in action, aged 18 years.

L. Hamon no details found.

J.E.M. Hervé no details found, possibly Joseph Hervé of St John

W Hervé no details found, possibly brother of above.

Lance Corporal John Francis Kerfant
4th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment
Jersey Evening Post of Monday 21 October 1918
Roll of Honour. We regret to chronicle the fact that Lance Corporal J F Kerfant of the Middlesex Regiment died on 12 October in hospital in France of gun shot wounds in the abdomen. The deceased soldier, who was 27, was born in Trinity and was formerly employed at the Hotel de l’Europe. He joined up about 3 years ago and leaves a mother, who resides at 1 Patriotic Street, to whom we offer our sincere sympathy.

Commemorated on St Thomas’ Roman Catholic Church Memorial
Bombardier Arthur Raymond Laisney
475th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
02/12/1917. Only son of Peter Francis and Elizabeth Laisney (nee du Feu), of “L’Abri” Trinity, Jersey. Husband of Maggie May Laisney (nee Carpenter), of 9, Cambridge Gardens, Hastings.
Died of pneumonia at the General Southern Hospital in Portsmouth, aged 25 years.
Private Raymond Le Breton
1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment
1901 census living with family at “La Garenne” Trinity
Jersey Evening Post of Friday 19 April 1918
Roll of Honour. Mr & Mrs Le Breton of 2 Dorset Street this morning received telegraphic information that their eldest son, Private R Le Breton of the Dorset Regiment, had died in hospital at Rouen on Tuesday last of gas shell poisoning. This sad news followed a wire which stated he had been admitted to the above hospital on 16 April dangerously ill and that permission to visit him could not be granted. The above gallant soldier was amongst the first volunteers in 1915 and will be remembered as a highly respected employee of Mr Frederick Baker. He was 23.

Armourer Philip Renouf Le Cornu
Royal Navy. H.M.S. “Malaya” 01/06/1916
Son of Philip Picot Le Cornu & Susan M Le Cornu of Vincent Hall, Trinty, Jersey. Husband of Mary Le Cornu (nee Langlois).
Died of wounds, following the Battle of Jutland on H.M.S. Malaya, aged 37 years.
Jersey Evening Post of Wednesday 7 June 1916
Roll of Honour. We regret to state that yet another Jerseyman, Philip Renouf Le Cornu, made the supreme sacrifice on 31 May. This son of the sea was 38 and was serving on HMS Malaya, he was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs P P Le Cornu of Vincent Hall, Trinity. To the widow (nee Langlois) and the other members of the family we beg to offer our sincere sympathy in their hour of sorrow.
A total of 26 Jerseymen are believed to have lost their lives in the Naval Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916 and on HMS Hampshire which sank on 6 June 1916 after striking a mine off the Orkneys.

Corporal Walter Charles Le Mercier
12th Field Company, Royal Engineers 21/03/1918
Son of the late Pierre and Elizabeth Le Mercier, of Jersey. Husband of Emily Kate Le Mercier, of Bishop”s Waltham, Hants.
Killed in action, aged 36 years

Henry Augustus Morcel
Ordinary Seaman, Royal Navy. HMS “Catspaw”
Son of Auguste and Emily Morcel, of Les Fougeres, St. John’s, Jersey.
Lost, aged 19
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record:
She foundered in a storm off Segerstad, Öland (in the Kattegat), with the total loss of her ship’s complement of 3 officers and 11 ratings, all of whom are buried in the same cemetery. The reason for the loss of H.M. Drifter “Catspaw” is not certain, but it was noted later that her steam powered engine was located some distance away from the bulk of the wreck, which led to Admiralty Inquiry speculation that the ship’s engine had probably played a major part in her loss.

Lance Corporal Clarence Durell Nicolle
1st RM Battalion, Royal Naval Division
Commemorated on Halkett Place Primary School Memorial,
St Mark’s Church Memorial,
Old Boys of St Marks Company Boys Brigade Memorial
and memorial in Masonic Temple to Freemasons. Bombardier John Alfred Olivry
23rd Battery, 108th Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery

Bombardier John Alfred Olivry
23rd Battery, 108th Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery
Brother of Rifleman Sidney John Olivry
7th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
09/09/1916. Commemorated on Sion Methodist Church Sunday School Memorial
St John’s Parish Memorial

Private Philip Henry Pallot
1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry
07/12/1915, He was born in St Helier circa 1891, and living and working in Cornwall before the war.
Soldat 2nd Class Jean Marie Joseph Reux
74th Territorial Regiment French Infantry
02/06/1916. Born at St Carreuc,1876. Husband to Marie, worked as a farm labourer and resided at Les Hougues Cottage, Trinity, Jersey.

Gunner Peter James Therin
387th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
5/11/1917. Son of Peter & Jane Therin of Sunny Cottage, Augres, Trinity, Jersey. Died, aged 19 years.

Private Edwin John De La Haye
19th GHQ Reserve MT Company, Royal Army Service Corps
18/12/1919. Son of John and Margaret De la Haye. Husband of Bertha E. De La Haye, of 15, Birley St., Holden St., Lavender Hill, London. Served in the South African Campaign. Died, aged 32 years. 1891 age 3, born in Grouville and living at “La Raulinerie”, Trinity


Henry Rondel Le Sueur 1872-1921 Monday, Aug 4 2014 

Dr Henry Rondel Le Sueur 1872-1921
Born January 1st 1872 the son of Francis Charles Le Sueur and Esther Elizabeth Rondel of “Fairfield” Rue du Hurel, Trinity.

"Fairfield" Trinity

“Fairfield” Trinity

The following obituary was published in the journal “Nature”
“He attended a private school until 1887, and then for two years was in the laboratory of a Jersey analyst, Mr F.W. Toms. Thence in 1889 he proceeded to University College, London, taking the B.Sc. degree of the University of London (Honours in Chemistry) in 1893 and the D.Sc. degree in 1901.
Dr Le Sueur’s teaching experience was entirely connected to the institution, namely the Medical School of St Thomas Hospital, where he was appointed demonstrator in 1894 and lecturer in 1904, a post he was still holding at the time of his death on July 9th, he was also one of the Secretaries of the Chemical Society.
There was but one break in his connection with the hospital namely that the caused by the war. In July 1915, he was commissioned Major in the Royal Engineers, and ordered to Gallipoli, to advise on chemical warfare problems, and the complaint he contracted there was probably in no small degree responsible for his final illness. On his return to England he was one of those originally appointed to Gas Warfare Experimental Station at Porton, where he remained till the end of 1917, when he was ordered to the United States to assist in the preparation of the American Gas Warfare Experimental Station.
Dr Le Sueur’s original papers are to be found principally in the Journal of the Chemistry Society. He was a most capable experimenter, who found it necessary to satisfy himself on the minute detail. This probable accounts for the fact that the number of his communications (24) was not large, but they are characterised by a thoroughness, which can only be rightly appreciated by those who know his methods of work. It was however as a teacher that he particularly shone out as a bright star, His capacity for imparting knowledge to others was most pronounced and quiet exceptional, and among his students in his laboratory he was at his best.
Dr Le Sueur’s most marked characteristic as a man was his unfailing loyalty, whether to the science of his adoption, to his colleagues and students, or to his friends. Certainly the Island of Jersey never possessed a more loyal or truer son. His efforts to mask his natural shyness and reserve of manner did not always meet with the success which would allow strangers to recognise the true qualities of the man himself, but those who knew him intimately realise that by his untimely death the science of chemistry has lost a devoted servant, and they have lost a true and loving friend.”

Card sent from Cairo to Elizabeth his sister

Card sent from Cairo to Elizabeth his sister

Prior to the war Le Sueur assisted Dr A.W. Crossley C.M.G, C.B.E, F.R.S. 1869-1927 who was a lecturer in Chemistry at St Thomas’s Hospital, and during this time became a close colleague, and it was Crossley who was the creator of the research station at Porton when the war began. Crossley had an able and close assistant in Miss Nora Renouf 1881-1959, during the war she became a survey officer at the Fuel Research Board. Nora was the born in St Helier, the daughter of John Renouf and Delahay Woods, Le Sueur’s grandmother was a Renouf, but I am unaware of any family connection between the two.

Le Sueur was a founder member of the Jersey Society in London, and became its chairman shortly before his death. He is buried in the family grave at Trinity Church.


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