St Brelade's Bay

Close to the German defences in the south-west of the Island, St Brelade’s Bay Hotel in the bay was a German Soldatenheim where German troops, on their day off, went to relax, have a good meal and in summer enjoy the beach.

Just down the road was St Brelade’s churchyard where a number of German prisoners of war who had died whilst held in Jersey in WW1 were buried. As Germans who were killed or died joined their countrymen from the earlier conflict, part of the cemetery was cleared of previous burials and it became the official German military cemetery for those who died in Jersey or perished in the seas around the Island.

Like most of Jersey’s sandy bays, St Brelade’s also had defensive anti-tank walls and gun emplacements constructed to prevent an Allied landing.