MINDEN PLACE, CHARLES LE GEYT, Capt.
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The connection between the Battle of Minden, after which this street was named, and Jersey is twofold. One of the regiments which fought in this final battle of the Seven Years War, when the French were defeated in 1759 by English and German troops, was the Royal Hampshire Regiment. In both the lst and 2nd World Wars, The Royal Jersey Militia became part of this regiment. Secondly, the Jerseyman, Charles William Le Geyt, led a company of Grenadiers in this same battle. On leaving the army, Le Geyt became Jersey's first Post Master working from his home in Hue Street. The annual custom of presenting roses in Minden Street, on the anniversary of the battle, to former members of regiments which had originally taken part, comes from British soldiers putting roses into their head dresses as they advanced into battle. For more information on The battle of Minden please click here. (opens in new window).
The plaque reads:- "MINDEN PLACE, NAMED TO COMMEMORATE THE BATTLE OF MINDEN 1759. CAPT. CHARLES W. LE GEYT COMMANDED A GRENADIER COMPANY OF 25TH FOOT, KING'S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS ALSO 37TH FOOT, ROYAL HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT AND ROYAL ARTILLERY PARTICIPATING IN THIS HISTORIC BATTLE. IN 1794 CAPT. LE GEYT WAS APPOINTED THE FIRST POSTMASTER IN JERSEY."
(See also Hue Street)