By Gilly Carr
Corentin Julien Turpin was born on 2 April 1913 in the parish of St Ouen in Jersey. At the time of the registration of Islanders in January 1941, Turpin was 27 years old, single, and working as a labourer for the States of Jersey. Like a number of people on this website, we know nothing about his life before or after the Occupation. In circumstances such as these, the Frank Falla Archive asks his family to get in touch to provide us with more information.
Turpin comes to our attention because, on 18 February 1941, he was tried by the Military Court of Field Command 515 for ‘resistance to members of the armed forces’. In other words, he resisted arrest. While the surviving court records say nothing about the offence for which he was arrested, Jersey’s political prisoner log book notes that his sentence was for ‘infraction of the curfew order and resisting the authorities’, for which he was given a two month sentence.
On 25 February he was deported to France under a German military escort. It was unusual to be deported for any sentence under three months in length and so we can only assume that Turpin must have particularly provoked the ire of the court during his trial. Alternatively, it is possible that his ‘resistance to members of the armed forces’ was such that he was deemed deportable.
Unusually, we have no record at all of which prison Turpin was deported to. Most islanders with short sentences deported at this time were sent to Caen, where there were two prisons. The prison register of only one of these two institutions survive (the Maison d’Arret). The register from Beaulieu Prison in Caen does not survive, and we know that at least 21 Islanders must have been held there, although the majority of these had committed serious offences.
We have no reason to suspect that Turpin did not return promptly to Jersey at the end of his sentence.
Corentin Turpin died on 23 June 1979, aged 66.
Corentin Turpin’s Occupation registration card, Jersey Archives ref. St/O/5/103.
Corentin Turpin’s Occupation registration form, Jersey Archives ref. St/O/5/104 & 105.
Corentin Turpin’s record, political prisoner register copyright Jersey Archives ref. D/AG/B7/7.
Corentin Turpin’s court records, copyright Jersey Archives ref. D/Z/H6/2/3.