Another Mother’s Son, is based on the true story of Louisa Gould, a Jersey resident who sadly lost her life during WWII. Find out what it was like living in Jersey during its occupation in WWII, as we share the true story of Louisa Gold and some of the historic occupation sites that remain in Jersey.
Who was Louisa Gould?
Louisa Gould was born 7 October 1891, and was a resident of the parish of St. Ouen, where she ran the village shop. A widow and mother of two sons Edward and Ralph, she was known as a brave and strong person. You can find out more about Louisa Gould and other occupation stories at The Jersey War Tunnels.
Who was Russian Bill?
Born Feodor Buryi in 1919, in Siberia, Feodor was called up to serve at the age of 21. He survived underground behind enemy lines after his plane was shot down during attacks, he was eventually found by German soldiers, and transported to a POW camp in Jersey. Discover more about the story of 'Saving Russian Bill' with Jersey War Tours.
What was life like during the occupation?
Life on the Island during the occupation was a challenging time for everyone. German soldiers sought comfort from locals as they spent long durations of time away from their home and family. Read more
Who helped Russian Bill survive?
Russian Bill’s third escape attempt was successful and he first found shelter with local René le Mottée, until an informant notified the German soldiers of his location. Bill was able to get away without being discovered by the Germans, which was when he found Louisa Gould.
Liberation Day May 09, 1945
Jersey was liberated on May 09, 1945; the day is now an annual celebration of the Islands Liberation, a day to remember those who fought for their freedom and those who lost their lives during WWII. Feodor (Russian Bill), returned to the Island in May 1995 for the 50th Liberation Anniversary in Jersey.