Joyce Le Templier: bringing news to PoWs
Joyce Le Templier was 16 when the Occupation started in 1940, living with her family at 23 FB Houses, Greve d’Azette, and a pupil at the Jersey Ladies College, having previously attended St Luke’s School.
Her father Reginald kept a radio hidden in a cupboard in the house and listened to the BBC news broadcasts. Joyce then typed out the bulletins and rolled the paper in a tin before setting out to visit the South Hill camp for American prisoners of war.
- “The tin was weighed down with a stone, and I would take a friend of mine, Pauline Davis (later Pauline Jesty), who had polio and was in a wheelchair, for a trip around the camp's perimeter. When the guards were not looking I would throw the tin over the high fence. That was how the prisoners of war got their news of the outside world.
- “In May 1945 I was able to tell them that the island was about to be liberated, and when they were released from internment they all said:’We must meet Joyce Le Templier’. One of them proposed to me, and another gave me his identity tag. I corresponded with him for years afterwards.”
Reginald Le Templier kept his radio throughout the Occupation, but it came very close to being discovered by the Germans who used the FB Fields for sports.
- ”One day there was a knock on the door and it was a young German officer who wanted to plug in the lead of the tannoy equipment for use with their game. My father almost had a fit because the German opened the cupboard where the wireless was hidden, and he was scrabbling around trying to find the plug. Fortunately he didn’t see the wireless.”