By Gilly Carr
Edward Armand Le Put was born in St Helier, Jersey, on 27 January 1924. We do not know much about his early life. At the time of the registration of Islanders in 1940, Le Put was single and worked as a hotel employee. However, he married on 6 July 1943 when he was only 19 years old.
Le Put first comes to our attention because, on 10 June 1944, he was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for two cases of receiving stolen articles.
A document in The National Archives states that his wife had not heard from him since the beginning of 1944, which gives us the latest date for his deportation. Enquiries were made at Marlag and Milag Nord Camp for Le Put, and his name appears on a nominal roll from the camp of those who arrived from Giromagny Internment Camp in September 1944. The nominal roll dates from 8 December 1944.
A newspaper cutting shown on this web page from the Guernsey Star dated 19 June 1945, recording the names of Islanders returned to the UK from prison sentences, shows Edward Le Put’s name.
The combination of Le Put’s absence from the political prisoner log book, and the date of his deportation, is worrying. How many other islanders were deported from the island without any record? Were the other four men sentenced with Le Put, who all received sentences of more than three months (usually the shortest sentence which made people eligible for deportation) also deported? The families of Thomas Daly, Timothy Donoghue, Arthur Charles Tubby and Ernest Stanley Wozencroft are encouraged, along with the family of Edward Armand Le Put, to get in touch with the Frank Falla Archive.
Edward Le Put is thought to have died in the Manchester area in 1988.
Edward Le Put’s occupation registration card, Jersey Archives ref D/S/A/4/A9805.
Edward Le Put’s occupation registration form, Jersey Archives ref. D/S/A/4/B9805.
Edward Le Put’s charge sheet, copyright Jersey Archives ref. D/Z/H6/7/99.
Guernsey Star, 19 June 1945.
The National Archives ref. FO 916/113