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Local Heroes

During the Occupation Louisa Gould ran a village shop in the parish of St Ouen . She was a widow with two sons Edward & Ralph. Edward was killed in action when HMS Bonaventure was torpedoed off Alexandria in March 1941. Ralph had continued his studies in Exeter and remained in England during the occupation.

Feodor Polycarpovitch Burriy was a Russian POW who had been brought to the island in 1942 after being shot down and captured by the Germans in Russia. Feodor, also known as Bill, escaped from his slave camp (
Lager Immelman) and was taken in by a local farmer Mr Le Mottee. Louisa Gould met Bill and without hesitation agreed to look after him. Bill stayed with Louisa for just under two years, Louisa’s brother Harold Le Druillenec and sister Ivy Forster, helped in various ways including teaching Bill to speak English. Assistance was also given from close friends Alice Gavey, Dora Hacquoil and Berthe Pitolet.

An unknown person reported Louisa to the German authorities, but she received a warning, as the letter telling the authorities where Bill was had been sent to the wrong address. Bill was moved to a St Helier location before the German raid of the shop and arrest of all three siblings and their friends. Ivy also got the warning, she was harbouring another slave Georgio Kozloff at her home. Georgio was also moved before the raids.

On the 22nd of June after interrogation they were tried by the German authorities in a military court on Jersey and found guilty

Ivy Forster was sentenced to a total of five months and fifteen days for prohibited reception of a wireless transmission and abetting breach of the working peace and unauthorised removal. Ivy survived after escaping deportation because a doctor at the Jersey General Hospital forged papers saying she was not well enough to leave the country


Harold le Druillenec was sentenced to a total of five months for prohibited reception of a wireless transmissions in company of other persons. Harold was sent to Belsen concentration camp and is believed to have been the only British survivor.


Louisa Gould was sentenced to a total of 2 years imprisonment for failing to surrender a wireless radio, prohibited reception of a wireless transmission and abetting breach of the working peace and unauthorised removal. She was taken to Ravensbrück concentration camp where initially she gave English lessons to her companions, before falling ill and eventually being taken to the gas chamber. She was murdered on the 13th of February 1945.


Berthe Pitolet was sentenced to a total of four months and fifteen days for prohibited reception of a wireless transmission and abetting breach of the working peace and unauthorised removal. On the journey to the German camps Berthe was with Louisa at Renne prison when it was hit by an allied bomb. Berthe escaped and being French quickly blended in to the city population with the assistance of locals. One week later the city is liberated by American troops and Berthe is free.


Alice Gavey was sentenced to a total of three months for abetting

Dora Hacquoil was sentenced to a total of two months for abetting breach of the working peace and unauthorised removal.

Feodor Polycarpovitch Burriy (Bill)
After being moved to St Helier Bill avoids recapture by the Germans with the help of many other locals. After Liberation he returns to Russia.
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