By Gilly Carr
Frank Jolliffe was born on 21 December 1900 in Birmingham, England. We do not know when or why he came to Jersey, but it seems likely that he came over as a young man as his occupation registration card indicates that he attended the local public school as he was in the Victoria College Officers’ Training Corps. As the time of the registration of Islanders in January 1941 he was working as a ship’s engineer, married, and living in Stopford Road in St Helier.
Jolliffe’s occupation registration card indicates that he left for Guernsey for an indefinite period on 24 July 1941, but that he returned to the Island on 16 March 1942. We do not know what this trip was about, but it was probably connected with his job of ship’s engineer.
Frank Jolliffe comes to our attention primarily because, on 23 June 1943, he was sentenced by the Court of the Field Command 515 to four months’ imprisonment for serious larceny. He was then deported on 13 July 1943 with another Islanders, Clifford Querée.
Jolliffe was sent first to Saint-Lô Prison for a few days. On 19 July 1943, he and another Islander, John Moignard, were moved to Troyes Hauts-Clos Prison. Although Jolliffe’s date of release was scheduled for 11 November 1943, on 15 November he was transferred to Châlons-sur-Marne Prison.
According to Roger Harris, author of Islanders Deported, after his release, Frank Jolliffe was transferred to Laufen Internment Camp. On 20 February 1945, he was transferred to Spittal Drau Internment Camp. From here he would have been repatriated to the UK in June 1945.
The family of Frank Jolliffe are invited to get in touch with the Frank Falla Archive if they wish to share any further information about his story.
Frank Jolliffe’s Occupation registration card, Jersey Archives ref. G/3/565.
Frank Jolliffe’s Occupation registration form, Jersey Archives ref. G/3/566 and 567.
Frank Jolliffe’s record, political prisoner register copyright Jersey Archives ref. D/AG/B7/7.
Frank Jolliffe’s court records, copyright Jersey Archives ref. D/Z/H6/6/87.
Frank Jolliffe’s from from Troyes Hauts-Clos, copyright Archives Départementales de l’Aube, Troyes, France, ref. 1039 w 16.