Military history interest led to £5,000 donation

AN INTEREST in military history has resulted in a local firm donating £5,000 to the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Charitable Trust.

Jon Ravenscroft

The Guernsey Press, via our Guernsey’s Finest Hour campaign, is supporting the trust’s fundraising appeal, which aims to install lasting memorials in Guernsey and France to the Guernseymen of the heroic First World War unit.

Members of the public and businesses have been donating to the cause, including investment services group Ravenscroft.Group chief executive Jon Ravenscroft said his own enthusiasm for the subject was one of the reasons for the generous donation.

‘I have a real fascination with military history and was already aware of the incredible sacrifice that so many Guernseymen made 100 years ago,’ he said.

‘But sadly, several generations on, I suspect very few other people are.

‘The passion, dedication and commitment of Chris Oliver and Colin Vaudin [of the RGLI Trust] to commemorate the bravery of those men is infectious and the whole island has a debt of gratitude to them for taking on what is a sizeable challenge.

‘Having heard what Chris and Colin intended to do, the team at Ravenscroft was unanimous in their support for us as a company to become the first corporate supporter with a donation of £5,000.

‘I hope other companies will follow suit to complete the fundraising as soon as possible.’

The donation is a big boost towards the trust’s £30,000 target.

Comments for: "Military history interest led to £5,000 donation"


I commend Jon Ravenscroft's generous contribution to help remember the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry's gallant contribution and bravery in 1917 but I must take issue with him regarding his comments: ‘But sadly, several generations on, I suspect very few other people are interested.' The Channel Islands Great War Study Group has been very active in this regard for many years and is still collating and adding information from many sources. We have Rolls of Honour and Rolls of Service covering all islands and all services and these are still being added to. For example, we record 1496 man and women who lost their lives for the Bailiwick of Guernsey and 6717 who served and survived. We have also been instrumental in obtaining official commemoration of several islanders who were unfortunately overlooked at the time. Able Seaman John Helman in St Andrew's cemetery was one such and his headstone was erected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission only last year. Serveral more are in the pipeline.

Please look at our website to see the breadth of knowledge and research supported by a dedicated group of people from their own resources and please try to remember the large number of people who gave their lives or their health in many services from 1914 onwards. We are happy to provide the results of our labours free of charge to the public at large.


Roger Frisby