Jersey / Landmark
More than 150 Islanders attempted to escape to England and France during the occupation. Nine Islanders are known to have drowned and one, Douglas Le Marchand, was shot by a German sentry. The Fauvic area was closest to the French coast and therefore an ideal location to set out from, making it an excellent escape route for Islanders. A cart-track led from the main road to the coast and it is estimated that around 50 of those who attempted to escape used this route between the late summer of 1944 and February 1945.
These escapes wouldn't have been impossible without the backup received from those living nearby. John Floyd recounts: ‘I left in November 1944, with two friends, Peter Crill and Roy Mourant. The people in the area helped us greatly, and in particular, Wilfred Bill Bertram and his cousin Thomas. Escapers were allowed to shelter in his barn – and some of them even got hot drinks. Others in the area helped with their knowledge of the rocks, tides and also knowledge of where the mines were…The idea of course was to get to France and then England to join the Forces.’