Garnier

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The Jersey Garnier family originally came to the island as itinerant farm workers from the north Brittany town of Ploeuc-sur-Lie in the 19th century

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Geraldine Vautier, later Garnier, in Conway Street in 1949, wearing a dress bought for her in Paris by her mother


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Origin of surname

Garnier is derived from the medieval personal name 'Garnier', which in turn derives from the Germanic Warnhari, 'attentive', 'vigilant' and 'armed'. Gasnier is believed to be a variation from the west of France, but the names appear to have developed entirely separately in Jersey.

Early records

Although both names were listed in the Extente of 1528, Gasnier is found in church registers from 1635, whereas Garnier does not make an appearance until 1794, with the arrival of a new family from Brittany.

Variants

  • Garnier, 1528
  • Gasnier, 1528: Separate family page

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Great War service


Notes on our list, abbreviations used etc

  • Charles Clarence Garnier (1893-1962) (St H), Sapper RE
  • Frederick Garnier (St H) Private, Devonshire Regiment
  • Harold Frederick Garnier (1893- ) (St H) son of Frederick John Bisson and Emma Chevalier Mauger,Gunner RGA, wounded
  • Honore Garnier (1889- ) (St P) son of Honore and Marie, Private, Hampshire Regiment
  • Joseph Garnier (St H), Private, Royal Marine Labour Corps
  • Thomas Charles Amy Garnier (1874- ) (St H) son of Thomas and Emelie Mary Gallichan , Air Mechanic, RAF
  • Thomas Francis Garnier (1894- )(St H) son of Thomas John and Mary Alice, ex-RMIJ, L-Cpl, King Edward's Horse


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Family wills


These wills created by members of the Garnier family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Jacques Garnier of St Helier, now of St Martin, bequeaths to the poor of St Martin, £1 - 7 August 1862, D/Y/A/31
  • Jean Garnier of Trinity, now of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier 5s; to Marguérite Coutanche, a house bordered on the north by Grove Street, St Helier - 16 January 1884, D/Y/A/44
  • Pierre Garnier of Vaisseau, France, now of Jersey, lieutenant - 9 April 1872, D/Y/A/36
  • Pierre Garnier, St Saviour - 16 March 1908, D/Y/A/67
  • William Garnier, St Helier - 24 June 1912, D/Y/A/71


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Modest war hero

These three photographs of his father from the early to late years of World War Two were sent to us by Paul Garnier with the accompanying text:

"I've attached a photos of my Father Francis John Garnier taken during his military service during World War Two. I believe he enlisted into the Army in late 1938 upon reaching his 18th birthday.
"He served in several different theaters of war, starting with the North Africa Campaign in 1940 (his first posting overseas). When Japan entered the war her was posted to the Far East as part of the British Indian Army and saw service in Burma. During the final stages of WW2 he was transferred from the Far East to Europe where he took part in the Italian Campaign. With the war in Europe all but won, he was once again transferred back to the Far East where he remained until the end of the war against Japan and eventually returned back to Jersey sometime in 1947.
"I've attached the photos in date order, although the only one I can be sure of is the first, when my father must have been no older than 18-19 (1938-1940). Given the rate of British casualties in North Africa, my father rose through the ranks very quickly and upon arriving in the the Far East was promoted to the rare rank of Subconductor, a rank between WO1 and Lieutenant. He could not have been much older than 21/22 and he, along with many, believed he was the youngest Subconductor in the history of the British army.
"He was offered a commission on numerous occasions, which he refused but was eventually talked (by my Grandfather, who was a senior Indian Army officer) into accepting the rank of Captain, some time in late 1943 early 1944. My father ended up marrying his daughter, my mother, Theresa Celine Hughes-Parker.
"I should point out that my father was a very modest man from a working class background and spoke very little about his war experiences. Often, when he started to recount some of his experiences, he would stop, and you could see he was in deep thought and never went any further. So I'm as much in the dark today as I was as a child regarding my father's war. However, having read around the campaigns he took part in, I now know why he found it difficult to speak about them."
Ministers and lay preachers of the Methodist French Circuit in 1867, including P Garnier. The picture was taken by Asplet and Green a year after they set up in business at 18½ Beresford Street and also includes P Tourgis, Philippe Amy, P Le Gresley, Thomas J Desprès, Mr Ahier, Mr Benest, P Norman, Mr Hamon, D Bisson, G Le Masurier, Abraham Pallot, J Syvret, P G Adair, G Skelton, T Binet, T Billot, Mr Vautier, E de Carteret, W Le Duc, T Lucas, H Collas and J Le Cornu

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