Memorial to St Lawrence Militia Men
Unveiling of the St Lawrence Militia Memorial Stone
Upon hearing from a concerned Parish historian, Mr Alfie Pipon, that the Milita men of St Lawrence Battalion who had lost their lives in the Battle of Jersey in 1781 have never been honoured with a memorial, Connétable Mrs Deidre Mezbourian organised a memorial stone and dedication ceremony in tribute to : Mr Philippe Cabot, Jnr and Mr Jean Le Gros, Fils, Josué who both fought for their Island and were killed in the Battle of Jersey 1781.
On Sunday 7th August the Connétable held a formal ceremony including a Parish Church Service to unveil and dedicate the stone. The guests of honour for this poignant occasion are Bailiff of Jersey, Mr Michael Birt who unveilled the stone and The Dean of Jersey, The Very Reverend Robert Key, who dedicated it to the Fallen. The stone is located in the Memorial Garden at the front of the Parish Hall where the beautiful garden designed by Garden Scene Nursery in 2010 is now blooming. Additionally Mr & Mrs J Carré were in attendance, who donated a bench over-looking the Memorial Garden, to the memory of the men who lost their lives in the Battle. The event closed with a musket salute provided by the 1781 Jersey Militia.
Deidre says “It may be 230 years ago, but I share the view with many parishioners today, that St Lawrence should formally honour all Parishioners who have been killed in battle, hence this important service of commemoration and a memorial stone”.
Light refreshments were served by members of St Lawrence Ladies Action Group and donations on the day in aid of Jersey Holidays for Heroes were welcome.
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