On this day in 1906

Father commits suicide by slashing his own throat

John Moignard was determined to kill himself. He first drank a bottle of ammonia and, when the pain that caused became too great, he slashed his throat with a razor blade. It wouldn’t have been difficult for him to source the weapon: Moignard was a well-known barber working in St Helier.

In his mid-seventies at the time of his death, Moignard left a suicide note that detailed the pressure he was under. By then living with his fourth wife, and being the father of 32 children, he was still working when he should have been enjoying his retirement. He cursed his two brothers for not helping support him and his family and explained how worried he was that if anything should happen to him, his wife and children wouldn’t be able to support themselves.

How they were to support themselves following his suicide, he seemingly hadn’t considered.

 

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...and on this day in 1946

Corbiere’s assistant lighthouse keeper drowns

Corbiere lighthouse is cut off at high tide, and it’s easy to be caught out if you don’t keep watch. That’s what happened to a pair of English visitors on 28 May 1946. One of them made it safely to the shore, but his wife didn’t, and assistant keeper Peter Edwin Larbalestier set out to rescue her.

Despite knowing what the sea can be like there, Larbalestier was washed away, along with the unfortunate woman, and they were both drowned.

A plaque was erected in his honour close to the lighthouse, “In memory of Peter Edwin Larbalestier, assistant keeper at Corbiere Lighthouse who, on 28th May 1946, gave his life in attempting to rescue a visitor cut off by the incoming tide. Take heed all ye who pass by”.

Larbalestier was 34 years old when he died. His grave is in the yard of St Brelade’s parish church.

 


 

 

Yesterday…

St Brelade’s Church is consecrated

Although the church at St Brelade was consecrated in the 12th century, evidence suggests a building had resided on that spot for some time.

Tomorrow…

A jilted lover shoots his bride to be (or was she his wife?)

Francis Caillot, a town crier and boot maker, was convicted of murder and was transported to Tasmania as punishment.