A soldier drowns on his first day in Jersey

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24 February 1855

Soldier drowns in tragic accident

24 year old William Reece of Pense near Kidderminster, drowned on his first day in Jersey.

He was a soldier who had arrived aboard the ps Brighton steamer from Weymouth, along with his detachment, the 2nd Worcester Regiment.

On disembarking the the soldiers marched to Fort Regent to take refreshments before marching on to Grève de Lecq barracks.

The soldiers - under the command of Captain Holwell - were told not to go on the rocks. However, at 3 pm Reece, along with four other comrades, scrambled up the rocks to visit caves.

A wave washed the 24-year-old into the sea, and despite rescue efforts he was lost.

From Maritime Jersey Facebook group

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