May 9th 1946. There were six entries in Class 11 Decorated Heavy Lorries which produced many praiseworthy efforts. In the front was Messrs. Leale Limited’s “At Last” gorse-covered vehicle depicting a sailor hoisting the Union Jack over the conquered Swastika with a bulldog at the rear biting the hind quarters of a helmeted Nazi who was endeavouring to find refuge.
May 9th 1946. One of the finest floral exhibits was Mr. James G. Falla’s effort “Just Married” in Class 10, Decorated Trade Vehicles (Mechanical). This depicted a church with a Union Jack flying and a bell tolling while a newly-married couple with their customary attendants and priest leave the church door.
May 9th 1946. Recalling the vivid memories of 9th May 1945 when the two destroyers Bulldog and Beagle anchored off Guernsey was Bertram de la Mare a five-year-old sailor boy with HMS Bulldog inscribed on his cap. Behind Bertram is Kathleen Corbet covered in wood shavings making a striking “I’m a Chip off the Old Block”.
May 9th 1946. Honours in the Junior Class 2 (a) in the Cavalcade for pedestrians in costume easily went to three-year-old David A. Rose, Guernsey’s “Winston Churchill” complete with top-hat cigar and walking stick made a big hit as he strolled along. He is seen here in the sidecar of Mr. F. H. Rose’s decorated motor cycle, “A Churchillian Scene” in Class 22.
May 9th 1946. Believed to be Elizabeth Taylor winner of the Decorated Cycles with Cyclist in Costume. Class 7, “Guernsey 1746.” Elizabeth went back before living memory to Guernsey 1746, dressed in old-fashioned costume. Behind her can be seen twelve-year-old Hazel Carré in Class 1 who had been an evacuee at St Helen’s Lancashire. She caught the eye with a decorated cycle depicting Freedom while in the same class twelve-year-old John Taylor made a fine cycling “clown”.
Following the Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 19th August 1945 conducted by the Rev. T. Davis, Vicar of St James, there was a march past of all the troops that had taken part in the service. Drawn from every unit in the island the troops formed up in the vicinity of the Guernsey Brewery. At 12 noon the troops proceeded along the Coal Quay and the North Esplanade then on to the Weighbridge where Brigadier A. E. Snow OBE took the salute. Beside him on the dais is the Bailiff of Guernsey Victor Carey Esq.
Brigadier Snow, OBE, and his officers prepare to leave Elizabeth College grounds after the reading of the Proclamation and King’s Message Ceremony. L to R: Lieutenant-colonel E. G. Stoneman, TD, RA; Rear-Admiral C. G. Stuart, DSO, DSC (serving in the rank of Captain, RN), Naval Commander Force 135; and Brigadier A. E. Snow, OBE.
During Saturday morning 12th May, several of the LSTs at anchor off St Peter Port, Guernsey lowered several British LCP(V) and other landing craft which unloaded specialist troops and their equipment. One of the landing craft is seen here unloading a Jeep and a lorry at the slipway of the Old Harbour.
The Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (DCLI) Band stops to play in the street leading from Le Pollet into the North Esplanade, St Peter Port. Their schedule was a busy one as they played at the Proclamation Ceremony at Elizabeth College during the early afternoon of Saturday 12th May 1945 and were then transported by ship to Jersey for a similar ceremony in the Royal Square, St Helier later in the day.
Gathered with Guernsey States officials on the Court House steps for the Hoisting of the Flag Ceremony are (left to right front row) Colonel H. R. Power, OBE, MC, No. 20 Civil Affairs Unit; the Bailiff of Guernsey, Mr. Victor Carey; Lieutenant-Colonel E. G. Stoneman, TD, RA, officer commanding 618 Regiment, Royal Artillery, Force 135.
Colonel Herbert Power OBE, MC, Chief Civil Affairs Officer, No. 20 Civil Affairs Unit, Force 135, makes little headway along the Glategny Esplanade after leaving the Royal Hotel. He was besieged by thankful islanders wanting to shake his hand and obtain his autograph. PC 24 Basil Le Page tries to help him through the enthusiastic crowd.
Royal Visit, Jersey, Thursday, 7th June, 1945. A Ford 1-cwt recording truck used by the BBC correspondents for the Royal Visit parked in St Helier Church Yard, opposite the entrance of the new States buildings. The man on the left is a War Correspondent, possibly Howard Marshall’s Recording Engineer W. S. Costello, and the soldier on the right is most probably the driver of the truck. On the windscreen can be seen displayed the Royal Visit St Patrick’s Cross vehicle permit, issued by Force 135 HQ, and another identifying the truck as belonging to the BBC.
Surgeon-Lieutenant Ronald McDonald, RNVR, and Sub-Lieutenant David Milln, RN, shortly after landing at the end of the Albert Pier, St Helier, Harbour, Jersey, on Wednesday morning 9th May, 1945. Welcoming them ashore are L to R: Betty Richomme, Miss Haines, back row unknown, Mary Marteret, Mrs. M. Sewell, Miss Frazer, unknown, Maurice Gautier, Major Cooke, Mr. Hibbs Royal Court Usher, last three unknown.
The 'Gunners’ a detachment from 618 Regiment, Royal Artillery, part of the initial Force 135 advance party codenamed 'Omelette’ formed up on the St Julian’s Pier and was marched by Captain Hill, RA, along the White Rock towards the Weighbridge with Guernseyman Lieutenant Rex Ferbrache, RNVR, leading the way. At the States Office they stopped put the Union flag up the pole and then marched back along the esplanade to the Royal Hotel. Wednesday morning 9th May 1945.
Photograph taken on the 28th May, 1945 at the Hoisting of the Flag Ceremony, Maître Ile, the Minquiers, and belonged to Brigadier Snow. RASCV Tardenois is the second larger of the two vessels moored in the 'Lagoon’. She was a Royal Army Service Corps fast motor boat operated by 841 Water Transport Company between the Channel Islands.
May 9th 1946. “John Bull” was followed by a brilliant splash of colour provided by the Royal Marine band from HMS King George V in navy blue uniform and white pith helmets. Their fine playing greatly added to the success of the procession and were accorded a warm reception by the spectators.
Historic scene on the Royal Court steps St Peter Port, Guernsey on 8th May 1945. The Bailiff Victor Carey Esq. leading three cheers for HM The King after HM Sheriff Mr. H. Blampied had delivered the Bailiff’s address to the people of the island regarding the cessation of German rule after nearly five years of Occupation.