Guernsey adoption of GMT, and WW2 reference

Joseph S. Myers jsm28 at
Thu Jan 6 21:57:20 UTC 2000

Some more work on the history of legal time in the Channel Islands (some
way still to go before the information for the Crown Dependencies is as
complete as that for the UK, though)....

I found this, relating to the adoption of GMT in Guernsey, in the
published "Recueil D'Ordonnances de la Cour Royale de l'Ile de
Guernesey", Tome V, 1901-1931, in Cambridge University Library.  The
library doesn't have a correspoding series for Jersey, so I don't yet
have the corresponding 1898 law for Jersey.  (Likewise, I have yet to
check the 1883 law of the Isle of Man mentioned in the europe file,
and nor do I know whether this law of Guernsey would cover Alderney or
Sark, which at least nowadays are part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey,
but which made some of their own summer-time legislation in World
War 1.)

>From the World War 2 period, when the Channel Islands, under German
occupation, may well have used a different time from that in the UK, I
have references to "The Defence (Channel Islands) Regulations, 1944",
with marginal titles "Advance of time" and "Change of time", being
registered on the records of Guernsey; these regulations having been
made by the officer in command of the armed forces in the Channel
Islands under powers given by The Emergency Powers (Channel Islands)
Order in Council, 1944 (S.R. & O. 1944 No. 1483), but apparently not
themselves included in the series of UK Statutory Rules and Orders.

		  Ordonnance réglant l'heure légale.

    La Cour, en renouvelant les dispositions de l'Ordonnance
    provisoire réglant l'heure légale passée aux Chefs-Plaids d'après
    Pâques tenus le 19 avril 1909 et renouvelée par l'Ordonnance
    provisoire passée aux Chefs-Plaids d'aprés Pâques tenus le 31 mars
    1913, ouïes les conclusions des Officiers du Roi a ordonné et
    ordonne :-

    Vu la délibération des États en date du 7 avril 1909.

    La Cour, ouïes les conclusions des Officiers du Roi, a ordonné et
    ordonne :-


 ^  L'heure légale en cette Île est l'heure temps moyen de Greenwich.
[marginal note: L'heure légale temps moyen de Greenwich.]

Joseph S. Myers
jsm28 at

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