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Thread: Two Channel Islands civilian war deads, 28/06/1940

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    Default Two Channel Islands civilian war deads, 28/06/1940

    These casualties were not RAF, but I wonder what is known about the circumstances of their deaths:

    Name: ADAMS, JOHN JAMES
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Civilian
    Age: 57
    Date of Death: 28/06/1940
    Additional information: Air Raid Warden; of 1 Harbour View, La Rocque. Husband of Edithe Millicent Adams. Died at Harbour View, La Rocque.
    Casualty Type: Civilian War Dead
    Reporting Authority: JERSEY

    Name: ANQUETIL, BASIL THOMAS
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Civilian
    Age: 69
    Date of Death: 28/06/1940
    Additional information: of 17 Mill Street. Son of John Anquetil; husband of Marie Anquetil. Died at White Rock.
    Casualty Type: Civilian War Dead
    Reporting Authority: GUERNSEY

    In the case of B.T. Anquetil: does 'of 17 Mill Street' mean that address was bombed?

    Regards,

    Bart

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    Both Jersey and Guernsey were bombed on that day, with a large of loss of life

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    The Civilian casualties on both islands:

    001 ADAMS, JJ - 28/06/1940
    002 ANQUETIL, BT - 28/06/1940
    003 BATISTE, WJ - 28/06/1940
    004 BOUGOURD, CH - 28/06/1940
    005 BREHAUT, GE - 28/06/1940
    006 BREHAUT, AMA - 28/06/1940
    007 BRYAN, LCH - 28/06/1940
    008 CAMBRIDGE, HW - 28/06/1940
    009 COLEMAN, GWA - 28/06/1940
    010 COLLENETTE, FT - 28/06/1940
    011 DE JAUSSERAND, SW - 28/06/1940
    012 FALLIS, RB - 28/06/1940
    013 FERBRACHE, OMV - 28/06/1940
    014 GILMORE, FR - 28/06/1940
    015 HEAUME, GA - 28/06/1940
    016 HOBBS, HF - 28/06/1940
    017 INGROUILLE, H - 28/06/1940
    018 LE CHEMINANT, HG - 28/06/1940
    019 LE MAITRE, HW - 28/06/1940
    020 LE NOURY, P - 28/06/1940
    021 LE PAGE, FJ - 28/06/1940
    022 LE PAGE, FJ - 28/06/1940
    023 LE PAGE, RF - 28/06/1940
    024 MAHY, JW - 28/06/1940
    025 MARQUIS, A - 28/06/1940
    026 MAUGER, JP - 28/06/1940
    027 NORMAN, CG - 28/06/1940
    028 RENOUF, JR - 28/06/1940
    029 ROBERT, AL - 28/06/1940
    030 ROBERT, DM - 28/06/1940
    031 SARRE, W - 28/06/1940
    032 SARRE, JE - 28/06/1940
    033 STITCHMAN, CH - 28/06/1940
    034 TARDIVEL, JF - 28/06/1940
    035 WALKER, JW - 28/06/1940
    036 WAY, JE - 28/06/1940


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    Hi Bart
    As Amrit says the Germans bombed both Jersey and Guernsey on that day and commenced occupation 2 days later so both are likely to have been Air Raid victims particularly Adams who was an Air raid Warden. Cwgc shows that he died at home. Unless White Rock was the name of Anquetil's home (17 Mill St) then he died outside his home and possibly trying to escape through the Harbour.
    Regards
    Dick

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    Thanks, guys!

    Was there any military reason to bomb those isles? I always thought they were not defended in June 1940.

    Regards,

    Bart

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    Though one should always proceed with caution with wiki, this article is pretty good as an intro:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupation_of_the_Channel_Islands

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    Thanks Amrit,

    This certainly is one of the most bizarre bombing incidents of which I read so far. I see 36 names on your list; Wikipedia states 44. Is Wikipedia incorrect?

    Regards,

    Bart
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    The others may have been categorised as military personnel or even French. I haven't a full list, and just did a search for civilian deaths.

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    Hello Amrit,

    Or could the difference have been caused by the people who got wounded and died later?

    Cheers,

    Bart

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    That's a possibility, Bart. However, there are no civilian casualties listed for the 29th, 30th or the 1st July on the CWGC.

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