British Empire Medal for helping to reconcile Jersey and Bad Wurzach

His Excellency hosted a medal ceremony at Government House on Monday 16 May to Mrs Angela Francey.

Mrs Francey the daughter of an Islander who was deported to Bad Wurzach during the Occupation has received the British Empire Medal for her services to the reconciliation of Jersey and the German town.

The ceremony, included Mrs Francey’s friends and family, former internees and the German town’s mayor, Roland Bürkle, as well as Jersey’s Bailiff William Bailhache, Senator Philip Bailhache, St Saviour Constable Sadie Le-Sueur Rennard, Deputy Murray Norton and Education Minister Rod Bryans.

Mrs Francey is the founding chairman and current secretary of the St Helier-Bad Wurzach Partnerschaft Committee – from 1942 to 1945 more than 600 Islanders were interned in a castle in the heart of the small German spa town and in 2002 the two communities became twinned towns after previous attempts at official reconciliation failed.

Photograph from the Jersey Evening Post