Guernsey’s Finest Hour

Guernsey's Finest Hour - Bravery in our name

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IT WAS the first of June, and after a cold wet winter, the sun was shining on the faces of the young soldiers parading on Belvedere Field, Fort George. Hundreds of people, wives and children, sweethearts, mothers and fathers, friends, well-wishers, watched and cheered. Many followed as the soldiers turned from the field and marched down through St Peter Port to the harbour, where more cheering people waited to watch them board the SS Lydia, with their regimental mascot ‘Joey’ the Donkey.

Guernsey's Finest Hour: A lasting tribute to the finest

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AS A tiny community on the global map, Guernsey often punches well above its weight on the international stage. Yet one moment in our history for which no one could deny us our national pride was a battle in 1917 in a corner of Northern France. While the bitter and bloody Great War raged throughout Europe, the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry was playing its part in the conflict and defending the freedom we all enjoy today.

Help us mark ‘Guernsey’s Finest Hour’ centenary

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ON THE 99th anniversary of a First World War battle that left its mark on our island forever, campaigners have today confirmed that memorials to mark ‘Guernsey’s Finest Hour’ will definitely go ahead if funds are raised.

Marking Guernsey’s ‘finest hour’

IT HAS been hailed ‘Guernsey’s finest hour’, yet visit the scene of the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry’s most historic battle and there is neither a reminder nor memorial. The local infantry regiment of the British Army, formed in 1916, would a year later fight in the now notorious Battle of Cambrai, defending the small French town of Les Rues Vertes against German counter-attacks. Fated to become a place name ingrained on the island’s memory forever it was the scene of appalling losses, with 40% of the regiment either killed, wounded or missing.