Doug Isherwood from Jersey
The Occupation of Jersey during WWII proved a difficult time for
the population and the banning of all groups including St John
Ambulance meant that the support the population needed was
in jeopardy. Fortunately, the Bailiff of Jersey persuaded
the Occupying German Forces that the St John Ambulance members were
key to the welfare of the Island.
In 1942, before the first casualties of the war were washed up
on the shores of Jersey, three RAF airmen were
found. It was Doug and other colleagues’ job to prepare
the bodies for burial at a local church spending two nights with
them before the burial could take place.
Next followed the battle of the Channel when the bodies of
25 seamen were washed up on the Island and Doug, along
with other St John Ambulance volunteers had to guard the
bodies for three days before they could be interred in a local
Another memory was just before D-Day. Doug was stopped on his
bicycle as he had a box on his pannier marked ‘Medical
equipment.’ He explained to the German guard that he was
delivering it to St Saviours Hospital about a mile away. He was
relieved that he did not open the box as it contained a
wireless he had built and he was delivering it to a
relative so that they could listen to the BBC. The
punishment to be found with a wireless was to be shot!