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Scroll down for Edward Troy’s Silver Wedding presentation and Brigadier Terence Troy’s obituary.







The stress of the potato season had no terrors for the local employees of the Fleetwood and Holyhead Steamship Company this morning.  They were not work bent in the least, they had a more pleasing function to attend, and they did it with gusto.


Some 189 men assembled at “C” store on the New North Quay – which, by the way, had been decorated with several of the Company’s flags – and showed they meant the function to be remembered.  There were other spectators: Mr. J. Schofield, of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, Mr. T. Phizackeriey, London and North-Western Railways; Capt. Braham, of the S.S. Dearne, Mrs. and Miss Braham; Mr. & Mrs. Kettlewell; Mr. W.G. Bellingham, Capt. J. Allix; Mr. T. Moor, Director of the Fleetwood and Holyhead Company, and Mrs. Moor; Mr. T. Job, and many others.


The occasion was to celebrate in tangible manner Stevedore Ed. Troy’s Silver Wedding and his 24 years service in the Company, and as the veteran entered the building, cheers rang out from all sides, which he received with his well-known smiling recognition.


Mr. Kettlewell was the Chairman of the impromptu meeting, and addressing Mr. Troy, said that they had all assembled to celebrate his 25 years wedded life, which, from all accounts, had been exceedingly happy ones.  His troubles, it seemed, had been little ones – (loud laughter) – and though this might sound paradoxical, the more they had grown the less they actually became.  (Renewed laughter).  There was one consolation, however, that as time went on they would be a comfort to him.  (Cheers).  He (the speaker) did not quite believe in all epitaphs and saying things of a man when he was dead; he believed in saying the kind things of him during his life time.  Mr. Troy had always obtained his employers’ esteem, and he (the speaker) admired his sincerity of purpose and his whole-hearted attention to duty.  This they could leave to him with full confidence that it would be well done.  Sometimes he had to ---- (Mr. Moore: Chase them) “Well” continued Mr. Kettlewell, “if he didn’t they would have to chase him” (Laughter).  He wished Mr. Troy and his partner, every success and trusted that this would be but the beginning of a long and happy married life – at least for 25 years longer – (cheers) – and that when the eventide of life approached they might find quiet, peace and happiness.  (Cheers).


Mr. T. Moor, addressing Mr. Troy, said it afforded him the greatest pleasure in taking part in this interesting ceremony.  He wished to add his testimony to the sterling qualities of their stevedore; to his trustworthiness and to the hard work that he put in everything he undertook.  In his official capacity as director, he (the speaker) it greatly pleased him to be present, but Mr. Troy must feel sure that the presentation which he was about to make to him did not come from the company.  It was the spontaneous effort of the workmen in their employ.


Mr. Moor then presented Mr. Troy with a handsome Sheffield plate salver and tea service, adding that he must not take it for its intrinsic value, but as an outburst of goodwill and esteem from his fellow workers, and he hoped that he would live long to enjoy the use of them.


Mr. Troy, on rising to reply, was greeted with “for he’s a jolly good fellow”.


A few seconds after Mr. Troy admitted that this was a great surprise to him and he wished to thank them all heartily for their kind gift and the kind words which had accompanied it.


Mr. T. Moor next presented Mr. Troy, as a personal gift from himself and Mrs. Moor, with a handsome silver cake basket.  Then Mr. Kettlewell immediately rose, and on behalf of himself and his wife presented a pair of silver sugar tongs as an adjunct to the tea set.  The round of presentations concluded with another by Mr. T. Moor on behalf of Mr. Marsden, his co-director, and Mrs. Marsden, which took the shape of a handsome oak and silver – hooped biscuit barrel.


Cheers for Messrs. Moor, the ladies, and the beaming recipient terminated the proceedings so far as the North Quay store was concerned and the daily shipping of the almighty tuber was resumed.


In honour of the occasion all the company’s steamers in harbour were dressed with bunting.



EXTRACT from the Jersey Evening Post newspaper of the 6th June 1912, which in addition printed a photograph of “Edward Troy and his Sons” to add to the editorial.




Article on Brigadier Terence Troy from the Jersey Evening Post Jan 2009



THIS 1938 photograph shows the Victoria College Officers Training Corps (the forerunner of today’s Combined Cadet Force) at Les Landes, St Ouen.

The young man on the left in the front rank (the one nearest to the camera) is the young Terry Troy, son of the JEP’s then news editor (and a future Deputy), Billy Troy.

A natural soldier, in 1940 his family agreed it would be better if he left Jersey before it was occupied for fear that if he stayed, he would get into trouble. He left the Island on the last boat to leave before the Occupation, and when it docked at Guernsey on the way to Weymouth, he witnessed the German air raid on St Peter Port.


Inspire loyalty


When he died last December at the age of 85, Brigadier Terence Troy CBE had enjoyed not only a distinguished army career but also showed that he had the capacity to inspire great loyalty from those whom he met or served under him.

In 1940, having made it safely to England, he enlisted in the army and was commissioned in the 15th Punjab Regiment of the Indian Army. He fought in the Arakan Campaign, the Baffle of Kohima, and later took part in the advance through Burma to Rangoon, including the baffles of the crossing of the Irrawaddy and Pegu Yoma.

He was selected by the commander of the XIV Army, the then General William Slim, to be an aide-de-camp, and in 1946 at the age of 24 became the youngest Brigade Major in either the British or Indian armies.

In 1947 he transferred to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, and became Commanding Officer of the First Battalion. Staff appointments followed, and he was promoted to Brigadier in 1973. Upon retirement in 1977 he returned to Jersey, where he became President of the Jersey branch of the Royal British Legion.

In his retirement years, he regularly recited the Kohima Epitaph at Remembrance Services at Jersey’s Cenotaph: ‘When you go home, tell them of us and say, for their tomorrow, we gave our today’.

His nephew, Peter Troy, who lives in the north-east of England, presented a new trophy at the.Victoria College prize-giving evening recently — the Brigadier Troy Trophy, to be awarded annually to the ‘best senior cadet’ in the CCF.

The first recipient was CCF Chief Warrant Officer Calum Forrest.

Mr Troy said later: ‘The family of my late uncle were very keen for there to be a living memorial to him — and his own character meant that a park bench would have been a very inappropriate choice.

‘This award is in keeping with his own eminent military career. I am sure he would have approved of this trophy. As a family, we hope that competing for it will provide inspiration for young people to train to serve Queen and Country in the armed services.’

Mr Troy commissioned the shield, which is of silver mounted on Brazilian wood. It was designed by his partner, Diane Ellis and bears the crests of Jersey, Victoria College, and the Combined Cadet Force.

The memoirs of Brigadier Troy are due to be published in due course, with a preface by the Lieutenant-Governor, Lieutenant-General Andrew Ridgway.



Brigadier Troy CBE reciting the Kohima Epitaph at the 2005 Remembrance Day service at Jersey’s Cenotaph.

Terence is nearest the camera

Right. My eldest brother Richard's (Dick) two mastered Schooner that he built almost single handed. It was named “Sarah Kelly” after our Grandmother. It was his dream but he never lived to enjoy it as he became ill just as he finished it.


He died on the 16th March 2012 and will be sadly missed by all of us. RIP

Left. My brother Dennis receiving his MBE from Queen Elizabeth 11 at Buckingham Palace for his work for charity (Ngora Trust and others).

Dennis Troy MBE

Right. My sister Anne and her husband John.

Left. My sister Mary and her husband Clarry.

Above. My brother Dennis and his wife Rosemarie

Right and below. Valerie and Maurice

Above. My late brother Richard (Dick) and his wife Monique when they lived in Canada for a number of years.

New Jersey in America was named after our Jersey Channel Islands.



Islanders travelled across the North Atlantic to participate in the Newfoundland fisheries in the late 16th century. Then in recognition for help given to him during his exile in Jersey in the 1640s, King Charles II gave Jersey man George De  Carteret, bailiff and governor, a large grant of land in the American colonies in between the Hudson and Delaware rivers which he promptly named New Jersey. It is now a state in the United States of America.

My grandfather Edward Troy in the 1800’s also travelled many times from Jersey to Newfoundland and down as far as the West Indies in sailing ships via Liverpool in England taking part in cod fishing.

Battle of Jersey


On 6 January 1781, a French invasion force of 2,000 men set out to take over the island – only half of the force arrived and landed. The battle by 9,000 men to defend the Island, although touch-and-go, and decisive, only lasted about half an hour. There were about thirty casualties on each side, and 600 French prisoners were taken. Both commanders were slain.



Jersey prospered.


Trade laid the foundations of prosperity, aided by neutrality between England and France. The Jersey way of life involved agriculture, milling, fishing, shipbuilding, and production of woolen goods (which includes the original Jersey known all over the world).


Late 19th-century improvements in transport links brought tourism to the island and it is now well known as a financial center.

My Father’s day poem written by Marianne

3rd Sept 2017


To Poppa (Me).


This is a poem all about you

The things you like and what you do


Firstly there’s a cat called Pepper

Who licks your face because you let her

She is indeed a fussy cat

But I think you secretly love her like that


And then of course there is your wife

Wonderful Granny, the love of your life

You’ve stuck together through sunshine and snow

How she puts up with you no-one will know


And then there’s your hobbies, collecting cars

Swimming pools and relaxing Spas

Checking your emails on the computer all day

Whilst Granny dreams of holidays far and away


Cleaning out gutters in lightening and rain

Trimming the hedges although you're in pain

You like to be home and potter around

Except when granny calls ‘tea’ and you can’t be found


You cause your family great frustration

Cause you miss out on every conversation

Playing with the Grandchildren you do not hesitate

And when the kids know you’re coming they just can’t wait


The Grandchildren absolutely adore you they do

You’re one in a million, unique through and through

And so what I wanted to say good and proper

You are a truly amazing Poppa



There are many hyperlinks on this website amongst the text on the pages you view. Not just the main ones at the top left.


Maurice in 2021

Above Brothers and brother-in-laws. L to R

John, Dick, Maurice, Clarry and Dennis.


Below Sisters and

Sister-in-laws. L to R. Anne, Monique, Valerie, Mary and Roseleen.