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22 May 2017

Militia camp

In the early years of the 19th century the annual Militia camps were important events in the island's calendar. All men of military age were required to serve in the Militia and participate in weekly drills, in addition to attendance at annual camps. These camps were held in various locations, most notably the grassy areas adjoining Fort Regent, the racecourse at Les Quennevais and Grouville Common. Not only were the camps an important part of the training of members of the Royal Militia Island of Jersey, but they are also significant social events. At certain times the camps were open to the mens' families and friends, the officers entertained on a grand scale, and generally a good time was had by all. Professional photographers would have access to the camp at these times, and also while training was under way, and the photographs they took were sold to the men as postcards. For some reason the 1906 camp at Fort Regent has proved to be one of the most productive of these photographs and we have had a selection in a Jerripedia page since 2012. Additional postcards have recently been sent to us and, because we could not decide which of them to feature here, we have decided to include them all. Just click on the smaller images below to see larger versions.


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