Jersey war dead get first roll of honour

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Image caption, The Jersey roll of honour has gone on display in the window of De Gruchy's department store

The names of Jersey's war dead are on public display together for the first time.

An electronic roll of honour has been unveiled in the window of a Jersey department store.

St Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft unveiled the window display, which is the only public record of the island's war dead.

The record includes Jersey people who died in the Boer war, and World Wars I and II.

The project is the result of more than a year's research based on the roll of honour from World War II kept in the town hall.

Mr Crowcroft said the goal was to make the roll of honour more visible.

He said: "The roll of honour has always been in the town hall, but it was just a second world war roll of honour and was shut away to the public.

Internet plan

"The idea of this is to bring the roll of honour out to the public so people can see it, particularly at this time of remembrance."

A lot of work went in to making it happen from across the island community.

Mr Crowcroft said: "It's really good now that it is accessible to the public, we would like to do more of this, possibly have it available on the internet.

"People who are interested can then look through the roll to find their relatives, their ancestors, who participated in these conflicts."

There are now plans to extend the number of names on the list to include the fallen of other conflicts.

The island's memorial service for remembrance day is at the cenotaph on Sunday 11 November, with a moment of silence at 1100 GMT.

The remembrance service will be broadcast live on BBC Jersey.

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