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Famous people from Guernsey

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Heather Watson

Tennis Player

Heather Miriam Watson is a British female tennis player and the British No 3. Born in Guernsey, she trained and lived at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida, United States. On 16 July 2012 Watson became the top-ranked British senior woman player on the WTA rankings, overtaking Anne Keothavong. On 14 October 2012, Watson won her first WTA singles title with a win over Chang Kai-chen of Taiwan in the final of the Japan Open, becoming the first British female to win a WTA singles title since Sara Gomer in 1988. In her junior career, Watson won the US Open and gold at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games. She had been as high as No. 3 in the world on the ITF Junior Circuit.

Matthew Le Tissier


Matthew "Matt" Le Tissier is a Guernsey-born English former professional footballer and football television presenter. He works as a football pundit for Sky Sports and is the honorary president of Guernsey F.C.. Le Tissier spent his entire professional club career with Southampton and gained eight caps for the England national football team before turning to non-League football in 2002. In spite of interest from clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur in 1990 and Chelsea in 1996, Le Tissier remained at Southampton for his entire professional career, his loyalty garnering special affection from Southampton's fans who nicknamed him "Le God". An attacking midfielder with exceptional technical skills, Le Tissier is the second-highest ever scorer for Southampton behind Mick Channon and was voted PFA Young Player of the Year in 1990. He was the first midfielder to score 100 goals in the Premier League. He is notable for his record at scoring penalty kicks — converting from the spot 47 times from 48 attempts — and is considered one of the greatest ever from the 12 yard spot. Following the end of his playing career, Le Tissier became a football pundit, and currently works as a panelist on Sky Sports show Soccer Saturday. In 2011 he became honorary president of Guernsey F.C., for whom he briefly registered as a player in May 2013 to help with the club's fixture congestion.

Roy Dotrice


Roy Dotrice, OBE is a British actor known for his Tony Award-winning Broadway performance in the revival of A Moon for the Misbegotten.

Isaac Brock

Military Commander

Sir Isaac Brock KB was a British Army officer and administrator. Brock was assigned to Canada in 1802. Despite facing desertions and near-mutinies, he commanded his regiment in Upper Canada successfully for many years. He was promoted to major general, and became responsible for defending Upper Canada against the United States. While many in Canada and Britain believed war could be averted, Brock began to ready the army and militia for what was to come. When the War of 1812 broke out, the populace was prepared, and quick victories at Fort Mackinac and Detroit defeated American invasion efforts. Brock's actions, particularly his success at Detroit, earned him a knighthood, membership in the Order of the Bath, accolades and the sobriquet "The Hero of Upper Canada". His name is often linked with that of the Native American leader Tecumseh, although the two men collaborated in person only for a few days. Brock died at the Battle of Queenston Heights, which was nevertheless a British victory.

Andy Priaulx

Racing driver

Andrew Graham Priaulx, MBE is a British racing driver from Guernsey, and is a BMW factory driver. He is a European Touring Car Championship champion, three times World Touring Car Championship champion and the only FIA Touring Car champion to win an International level championship for four consecutive years. The previous record was Roberto Ravaglia's three successive championships.

Karen Dotrice


Karen Dotrice is a British former child actress, known primarily for her role as Jane Banks in Walt Disney's feature film adaptation of the Mary Poppins book series. Dotrice was born in Guernsey to two accomplished stage actors. Her career began on stage, expanded into film and television roles, and concluded with a short run as Desdemona in the 1981 pre-Broadway production of Othello. In 1984, Dotrice retired from show business to focus on motherhood; she has three children from two marriages. She was named a Disney Legend in 2004.

John Savident


John Savident is a British actor, best known for his many television roles, notably that of Fred Elliott in the soap opera Coronation Street from 1994 to 2006.

Christopher F. Foss


Christopher "Chris" F. Foss is a British artist and science fiction illustrator. He is best known for his science fiction book covers and the black and white illustrations for the original editions of The Joy of Sex.

Sarah Montague


Sarah Anne Louise Montague is a British journalist, best known for her work on BBC Radio 4 as one of the regular presenters of the Today programme.

Barry Jones


Barry Jones was an actor seen in British and American films, on American television and on the stage.

James Saumarez, 1st Baron de Saumarez

Military Person

Admiral James Saumarez, 1st Baron de Saumarez, GCB was an admiral of the British Royal Navy, notable for his victory at the Battle of Algeciras.

Edmund Kennedy


Edmund Besley Court Kennedy J. P. was an explorer in Australia in the mid nineteenth century. He was the Assistant-Surveyor of New South Wales, working with Sir Thomas Mitchell. Kennedy explored the interior of Queensland and northern New South Wales, including the Thomson River, the Barcoo River, Cooper Creek, and Cape York Peninsula. Kennedy was born on 5 September 1818 on Guernsey in the Channel Islands to Colonel Thomas Kennedy and Mary Ann Kennedy. He was the sixth born of nine children, comprising four girls and five boys. Kennedy died in December 1848 after being speared by Aborigines in far north Queensland near Cape York.

Andrew Lawrence-King


Andrew Lawrence-King is a harpist and conductor from Guernsey known for his work in early music.

Warren De la Rue


Warren De la Rue was a British astronomer and chemist, most famous for his pioneering work in astronomical photography.

Mabel Collins


Mabel Collins was a theosophist and author of over 46 books.

Mike Austin


Michael Hoke Austin was an English-American golf professional and kinesiology expert, specializing in long drives. Besides a doctorate in kinesiology, Dr. Austin had degrees in: Mechanical engineering, philosophy, and physics. He also worked on a highly classified aerospace project. He was a poet, philosopher, actor, fighter pilot, undefeated heavyweight fighter, contracted opera singer, and spoke several languages. He was credited by Guinness World Records with hitting the longest drive in tournament play in 1974 at Winterwood Golf Course in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Charles Wood


Charles Wood (born 6 August 1932, St. Peter Port, Guernsey) is a playwright and scriptwriter for radio, television, and film. He lives in England. His work has been staged at the Royal National Theatre as well as at the Royal Court Theatre and in the theatres of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1984. Wood served in the 17th/21st Lancers and military themes are found in many of his works.

Thomas de la Rue

Organization founder

Thomas de la Rue was a printer from Guernsey who, from modest beginnings, founded De La Rue plc, a printing company which is now the world's largest commercial security printer and papermaker.

Sibyl Hathaway

Deceased Person

Dame Sibyl Mary Hathaway, DBE was the 21st Seigneur of Sark from 1927 to 1974. Formally, she shared her possessions and privileges with her husband, Robert Hathaway, from their marriage in 1929 until his death in 1954. Her rule was further constricted during the German occupation.

Lee Merrien

Olympic Road runner

Lee Merrien is a British middle distance and long-distance runner. He has been named to the British team for the 2012 Summer Olympics following a Facebook campaign after he was initially not selected to the team. He has won multiple events at the Island Games for his home of Guernsey.

Lisa Opie


Lisa Opie MBE is a retired British squash player, who was one of the game's leading woman players in the 1980s and early-1990s. Her biggest success was winning the British Open in 1991, and until the rise of Cassie Campion she was England's number 1 player. Born and raised in Guernsey, she was coached in her early years in the game by Reg Harbour. In international competition, she represented England. She was awarded an MBE for services to squash in the 1995 New Year's Honours List. In later years she was coached by Gavin Dupre from Jersey. They began working together in Guernsey and Lisa later spent time training with him in Germany where he was based as a professional coach.

Hugh Lloyd-Jones


Sir Peter Hugh Jefferd Lloyd-Jones FBA was a British classical scholar and Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford. Lloyd-Jones was educated at Westminster School where he developed an interest in Modern History before being converted to Classics by his Headmaster, J. T. Christie. He pursued undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Christ Church, Oxford. His studies were interrupted by the Second World War, during which he learned Japanese and served in the Intelligence Corps in India, turning down the opportunity to work at Bletchley Park in order to serve in Burma. He ended the War as a Captain. Lloyd-Jones took a first degree in Greats in 1948 and gained several University prizes. For a while he was a Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, and while there met his first wife, Frances Hedley, a Classics student at Newnham College, whom he married in 1953. The couple had two sons and a daughter and were divorced in 1981. In 1951 Lloyd-Jones returned to Oxford where he became the first holder of the E. P. Warren Praelectorship at Corpus. Lloyd-Jones supervised many distinguished D. Phil. students, including Martin Litchfield West. In his inaugural address as Regius Professor in 1961 he called for a reduction in the emphasis laid on composition taught to undergraduates and suggested that Honour Moderations might have to be reformed to encompass studies taken from ancient philosophy and history as well as the traditional literature and language.

Donald Banks

Military Person

Major-General Sir Thomas MacDonald "Donald" Banks KCB DSO MC TD was a distinguished soldier, senior civil servant and a founder member and first Chairman of the Guernsey Society.

Chris Simpson


Chris Simpson, is a professional squash player who represented England as a junior. He reached a career-high world ranking of World No. 21 in October 2013.

Margaret Ann Neve

Deceased Person

Margaret Ann Neve, née Harvey of St. Peter Port, Guernsey, English Channel was the first recorded female supercentenarian, and the first known supercentenarian of either sex in the 20th century. Neve was the only supercentenarian born in the 18th century who lived to the 20th century, and she was the first supercentenarian to live in three different centuries. She was the only supercentenarian to live in the whole 19th century.

Chris Tardif


Christopher Luke "Chris" Tardif is a former professional footballer, who currently plays for Guernsey F.C. as a goalkeeper. He has represented Northern Ireland at youth level, through a now closed loophole in the Home Nations agreement, and Guernsey at senior level.

William Le Lacheur


William Le Lacheur, was a Guernsey sea captain who played an important role in the economic and spiritual development of the Central American country of Costa Rica. Le Lacheur is widely credited in Costa Rica with having transformed the economy of the country by establishing a direct regular trade route for Costa Rican coffee growers to the European market, thereby helping to establish the Costa Rican coffee trade.

George Métivier


George Métivier was a Guernsey poet dubbed the "Guernsey Burns", and sometimes considered the island's national poet. He wrote in Guernésiais, which is the indigenous language of the island. Among his poetical works are Rimes Guernesiaises published in 1831. Métivier blended together local place-names, bird and animal names, traditional sayings and orally transmitted fragments of medieval poetry to create these. He was born in Rue de la Fontaine, St Peter Port, Guernsey, in the night of 28–29 January 1790. He used the pen-name Un Câtelain, as his grandfather, a Huguenot by origin, had settled in Castel. As a young man, Métivier had studied in England and Scotland for a career in medicine, but had abandoned the idea of becoming a doctor to devote himself to linguistics and literature. His poems were published in Guernsey newspapers from 1813 until his death and since. George Métivier corresponded publicly in verse form with Robert Pipon Marett, the Jèrriais poet. He translated the Gospel according to Matthew into Guernésiais for publication by Prince Louis-Lucien Bonaparte, who visited him in 1862. Métivier's close friend and protégé was Denys Corbet 1826-1909, born in Vale, Guernsey.

Sampson Avard


Sampson Avard was the leader of a band of Mormon vigilantes called the Danites, which existed in Missouri during the period of the 1838 Mormon War.

Billy Spurdle

Soccer Wing half

William "Billy" Spurdle is a former football player, who played as a wing half. He scored 63 goals in 381 league appearances in a 16-year professional career in the Football League. He started his career with Oldham Athletic in 1947, before winning a £12,000 move to Manchester City two years later. He helped the club to win promotion out of the Second Division in the 1950–51 campaign, and went on to feature in the 1955 FA Cup Final defeat to Newcastle United. He was sold to Port Vale in November 1956 for a £4,000 fee, before returning to Oldham at the end of the season for a £1,000 fee. He helped the "Latics" to win promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1962–63, his final season as a professional player.

Sylvester Houédard


Dom Sylvester Houédard, also known under the acronym dsh, was a Benedictine priest, theologian and noted concrete poet.

Gerald Basil Edwards


Gerald Basil Edwards, was a British author.

Peter le Page Renouf


Sir Peter le Page Renouf, Egyptologist, was born in Guernsey. He was educated at Elizabeth College there, and proceeded to Oxford, which, upon his becoming a Roman Catholic, under the influence of John Henry Newman, he quit without taking a degree as he was unable to subscribe to the Thirty Nine Articles as required in those days. Like many other Anglican converts, he proved a thorn in the side of the Ultramontane party in the Roman Church, though he did not, like some of them, return to the communion of the Church of England. He opposed the promulgation of the dogma of Papal Infallibility, and his treatise upon the condemnation of Pope Honorius for heresy by the council of Constantinople in AD 680 was placed upon the index of prohibited books. He had been from 1855 to 1864 professor of ancient history and Oriental languages in the Roman Catholic university which Newman vainly strove to establish in Dublin, and during part of this period edited the Atlantis and the Home and Foreign Review, which latter had to be discontinued on account of the hostility of the Roman Catholic hierarchy. In 1864 he was appointed a government inspector of schools, which position he held until 1886, when his growing celebrity as an Egyptologist procured him the appointment of Keeper of Oriental Antiquities in the British Museum, in succession to Dr Samuel Birch. His understudy was E. A. Wallis Budge with whom he had an acrimonious relationship. He didn't want Budge to succeed him as keeper, through a perceived lack of social skills and doubts about his abilities, objecting strongly to Budge being appointed as his successor and preferring Edouard Naville instead. Renouf was elected in 1887 president of the Society of Biblical Archaeology, to whose Proceedings he was a constant contributor.

Craig Allen

Football player

Craig Allen is a former Guernsey association football striker who played professionally in the North American Soccer League and Major Indoor Soccer League.

Herbert John Fleure


Herbert John Fleure FRS, was a zoologist and geographer. He was secretary of the Geographical Association, editor of Geography, and President of the Cambrian Archaeological Association.

Len Duquemin


Leonard Stanley "Len" Duquemin was a professional footballer most famous for playing for Tottenham Hotspur which he made his debut on March 1946.

Tim Ravenscroft


Timothy John Ravenscroft is a Guernsey cricketer. Ravenscroft is a right-handed batsman who bowls right-arm off break. Ravenscroft was spotted by the Guernsey Cricket Association at an early age, after which he began playing age group cricket for Hampshire from the age of eleven after being spotted by Rajesh Maru when he visited Guernsey. Ravenscroft spent the next five years flying between Guernsey and England, however at the age of 16 he took a break from cricket to concentrate on his education. He was educated on Guernsey at Elizabeth College, St Peter Port. He first appeared for the Guernsey senior team in 2008 in a friendly against Kenya at the County Ground, Hove. Later in 2008, he played for Guernsey in the 2008 European Cricket Championship Division Two. Following his break from county cricket, Ravenscroft decided to once again pursue a career in the game in 2008, after declaring that intention he was offered a contract by Hampshire. In 2010 he briefly played Second XI cricket for Sussex, however he soon returned to Hampshire. He played further matches for Guernsey in 2010, in that seasons European Cricket Championship Division Two, as well as in 2011 in European Championship Division One Twenty20.

William G. Hobbs

Visual Artist

William George Reginald Hobbs was born on 16 May 1927 at Whitegates in Alderney, Channel Islands.

Richard Doyle


Richard Doyle is a British author of thriller novels. Doyle was born in Guernsey and, on his third birthday, was presented at the court of Emperor Haile Selassie. He has lived in Tripoli, Ethiopia, Kuwait, Kenya, Morocco, Libya, Beirut, Barbados, Antigua, France, Greece, Ireland, and the United States. Home for several years was a plantation house in the West Indies, then on Cape Ann, followed by a fortified bastide in Gascony. He spent a short time at Rugby School before completing his studies at the British Army school in Tripoli. He went on to read law at Lincoln College, Oxford. As a young man Doyle taught English to the Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez. Deluge, his first novel, was published in 1976. Imperial 109 was published the following year and became a wild success in both the UK and the US, selling over a million copies. His 2002 novel Flood was a best-seller and was adapted for the 2007 film of the same title. He is considered an expert on matters related to climate change and the flooding of London. He was invited to the 'London Under Water' lecture from the Royal Geographic Society's '21st Century Challenges' series in June 2008. Doyle was expelled from Tripoli by military coup, has lectured on fighter training to the Italian Air Force and has survived several earthquakes, two hurricanes, and a tsunami. He appears regularly on radio and TV, talking about the flood threat, climate change, writing and his own life.

John Jeremie


Sir John Jeremie was a British judge and diplomat, Chief Justice of Saint Lucia and Governor of Sierra Leone. He was given an award in 1836 for advancing "negro freedom" after accusing the judges in Mauritius of bias. He understood that colour prejudice and slavery were different problems.

Lyndon Trott


Lyndon Trott was born on 17 July 1964 from St. Sampson, Guernsey and he was the Chief Minister of Guernsey from 2008-2012. He was elected to the position on 1 May 2008 and his term of office expired on 30 April 2012. He was re-elected as a Deputy for the electoral district of St. Sampson in the General Election of 2012. Deputy Trott has been a deputy in the States of Guernsey since 2000. From 2004 until 2008 he was the Treasury and Resources Minister. He succeeded Mike Torode as Guernsey's third Chief Minister following the creation of the post in 2004.

Lee Savident


Lee Savident is a Guernsey cricketer who currently plays for Guernsey in international cricket. He is a right-handed batsman who bowls right-arm medium pace. He currently resides in Southampton, Hampshire.

Martine Le Moignan


Martine Le Moignan, MBE is a former professional squash player, who was one of the game's leading players in the 1980s and early-1990s. In international competition, she represented England. Le Moignan won the World Open in 1989, defeating Susan Devoy of New Zealand in the final 4–9, 9–4, 10–8, 10–8. She was also runner-up at the World Open in 1990, and runner-up at the British Open in 1985, 1989 and 1992. Le Moignan was coached by Reg Harbour at the beginning of her career.

Jonathan Le Tocq


Jonathan Paul Le Tocq is a church minister, musician and politician based on the island of Guernsey, British Channel Islands. He is Senior Pastor of Church on the Rock which is a Newfrontiers Church; Le Tocq was instrumental in founding this church in the 1980s, being formed from a youth group to which he belonged.

Wallace Le Patourel

Military Person

Brigadier Herbert Wallace Le Patourel VC was a British recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

John MacCulloch


John MacCulloch FRS was a Scottish geologist.

John Le Patourel


John Herbert Le Patourel FBA was a historian from Guernsey.

Cyril Deverell

Military Person

Field Marshal Sir Cyril John Deverell, GCB, KBE, ADC, DL was a British career military officer who served as Chief of the Imperial General Staff in 1936 and 1937. He fought in the Fourth Anglo-Ashanti War and World War I and later advised the Government on the importance of maintaining the capability to mount an Expeditionary Force for operations on mainland Europe.

Percy Hodge

Olympic athlete

Percy Hodge was a British athlete, winner of the 3000 m steeplechase at the 1920 Summer Olympics, held in Antwerp. The 1920 Summer Olympics were the first to include a 3000 m steeplechase. This was run on a grass course, unlike later competitions. Percy Hodge was the favourite to win the gold medal, easily winning his heat and outrunning the rest of the field. He won the competition with a time of 10:00.4, 50m ahead of second-placed Patrick Flynn from the United States. Hodge also ran in the heats of the 3000 m team event. Hodge was also an AAA champion in 2 miles steeplechase from 1919 to 1921 and in 1923. He also finished ninth at the International Cross Country Championships and helped his team to win a first place earlier in 1920. Percy Hodge buried his Antwerp Gold medal with his daughter who died at an early age in Weymouth.

Daniel de Lisle Brock

Deceased Person

Daniel de Lisle Brock, was Bailiff of Guernsey from 1821 to 1842. Daniel Brock was born 10 December 1762 at St Peter Port on the Channel Island of Guernsey, the third son of John Brock, a midshipman in the Royal Navy, and Elizabeth de Lisle, daughter of Daniel de Lisle, then Lieutenant-Bailiff of Guernsey. The Brocks were an English family who had been established in Guernsey since the sixteenth century. Daniel was a nephew of William Brock, of Brockhurst, St Peter Port, who was married to Judith de Beauvoir; and Henry Brock, who was married to Susan, sister of Admiral James Saumarez, 1st Baron de Saumarez. Daniel was one of fourteen children, ten of whom attained maturity. He was an elder brother of Major-General Sir Isaac Brock. After such schooling as the island afforded in those days, he was placed at Alderney to learn French under the tuition of M. Vallat, a Swiss pastor, afterwards rector of St. Peter-in-the-Wood, Guernsey, and subsequently at a school at Richmond, Surrey. He was, however, taken away at the age of fourteen to accompany his father, who was in failing health, to France, where the latter died at Dinan. He spent about twelve months in visiting the Mediterranean, Switzerland, and France, in 1785-6, and twelve years later, in 1798, was elected a jurat of the royal court of Guernsey, from which time his name is intimately associated with the history of his native place.

Peter Paul Dobree

Deceased Person

Peter Paul Dobree, English classical scholar and critic, was born in Guernsey. He was educated at Reading School under Richard Valpy and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was elected fellow. He was appointed Regius Professor of Greek in 1823, and died in Cambridge two years later. He was an intimate friend of Richard Porson, whom he took as his model in textual criticism, although he showed less caution in conjectural emendation. After Porson's death Dobree was commissioned with James Henry Monk and Charles James Blomfield to edit his literary remains, which had been bequeathed to Trinity College. Illness and a subsequent journey to Iglesias to visit Fabrizio Dobre delayed the work until 1820, when Dobree brought out the Plutus of Aristophanes and all Porson's Aristophanica. Two years later he published the Lexicon of Photius from Porson's transcript of the Gale manuscript in Trinity College library, to which he appended a Lexicon rhetoricum, from the margin of a Cambridge manuscript of Harpocration. James Scholefield, his successor in the Greek professorship, brought out selections from his notes on Greek and Latin authors, and a reprint of the Lexicon rhetoricum, together with notes on inscriptions.

Gary Rich

Cricket Bowler

Gary Rich is a Guernsey cricket player.

Ernest Martin Jehan

Military Person

Ernest Martin Jehan DSC was an officer in the Royal Navy during the First World War. Jehan is best known for the sinking of a German submarine by he and his crew aboard the smack Inverlyon. He began the war as a warrant officer and was decorated and commissioned after sinking UB-4.

John Richard Magrath

Deceased Person

John Richard Magrath was a British academic and administrator at the University of Oxford. Magrath was born on the island of Guernsey and educated at Elizabeth College. He attained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oriel College, Oxford and became a Fellow of The Queen's College, Oxford, in 1860. He was ordained in 1863. At the Queen's College, he became Tutor, Dean, Chaplain, Bursar, Pro-provost, and then Provost. At Oxford he was a member of the University's Hebdomadal Council, Curator of the University Chest, a Delegate of the Oxford University Press, and Vice-Chancellor. Magrath was an Alderman in Oxford from 1889 to 1895. He was in support of women's higher education and interested in northern schools connected with The Queen's College, especially St Bees School. Magrath's papers are in the Bodleian Library at Oxford.

John B. R. Cooper

Deceased Person

John Bautista Rogers Cooper was born in England and raised in Massachusetts. He came to California as master of the ship Rover, and was a pre-gold rush pioneer of Monterey, California. He married General Vallejo’s sister Encarnacion Vallejo and acquired extensive land holdings.

Anne Wakefield


Anne Wakefield is an actress.

James Parkes


James Parkes was a clergyman, historian, and social activist from Guernsey. With the publication of The Jew and His Neighbour in 1929, he created the foundations of a Christian re-evaluation of Judaism.

Paul Le Tocq


Paul Le Tocq is a male badminton player from Guernsey.

Denys Corbet


Denys Corbet was a Channel Islands poet, Naïve painter, and school master. He was the second son of Pierre and Susanne who was born at La Turquie, Vale, Guernsey, Channel Island. He married Mary "Elizabeth" Wellington and had 6 children. Corbet wrote, for the most, in the Dgernesiais language, used historically in Guernsey the Channel Islands. Corbet described himself as the Le Draïn Rimeux. He is best known for his poems, especially the epic L'Touar de Guernesy, a picaresque tour of the parishes of Guernsey and Les Feuilles de la Foret among others. As editor of the French-language newspaper Le Bailliage, he also wrote prose columns in Dgèrnésiais under the pen name Badlagoule. Today Denys Corbet is largely known as a naïve painter of cows and rural life. Canadian artist Christian Corbet is a cousin of Denys Corbet. Christian Corbet's 6th great grandfather Thomas Corbet was the older brother to Pierre Corbet, Denys Corbet's grandfather. Between 30–31 May 2009 a special exhibition at the Forest Douzaine, Forest, Guernsey, Channel Islands will be held commemorating the centenary of Denys Corbet's passing. At the opening reception a contemporary portrait of Denys Corbet painted by Christian Corbet was unveiled by Hazel Cotgrove, great granddaughter of Denys'. To help commemorate this anniversary a forensic analysis and chronology was created by Christian Corbet.

David Robilliard


Ambrose Sherwill

Military Person

Sir Ambrose James Sherwill KBE MC was Bailiff of Guernsey from 1946 to 1959. Sherwill was commissioned into The Buffs in 1916 and was awarded the Military Cross in 1917, being promoted Lieutenant shortly afterwards. During World War II, he was President of the Controlling Committee during the German Occupation of the Channel Islands, before being deported to Cherche-Midi Prison, for his part in the Nicolle and Symes affair. He returned to Guernsey after the War, and served as Bailiff between 1946 and 1959. He was knighted in 1949. In 1960, he retired to Alderney, where he died in 1968. Sherwill has been variously accused of excessively cordial relations with the German occupying troops, and acquiescing without due resistance to the Feldkommandant. Most notable perhaps is the episode of August 1940, when Sherwill, with the professed intention of reassuring those evacuated Guernsey citizens who anxiously awaited news of their loved ones who had chosen to remain on the Island, recorded a broadcast for Radio Bremen assuring of the 'kindly' treatment of islanders at the hands of the German troops. No doubt Sherwill's intentions were noble, but his naivety was nonetheless exploited by the German propaganda machine in their desire to show that the realities of German occupation were far removed from the bleak picture propagated by British communiqués.

Thomas Farnon

Film Score Composer

Thomas Farnon is a film score composer.

Jamie Nussbaumer


Jamie Nussbaumer is a Guernsey cricket player.

Oliver de la Fosse


Bill Whare

Football player

William Whare was an English professional footballer who played as a right back. Born in Guernsey, Whare spent his entire professional career with Nottingham Forest, making 298 appearances in the Football League between 1946 and 1960. Whare represented Forest in the 1959 FA Cup Final, as well as the 1959 FA Charity Shield, before leaving the club to play non-league football with Boston United.

Bonamy Price


Bonamy Price was an English political economist.

Herbert Collett


Herbert Brayley Collett CMG DSO was an Australian politician, librarian and soldier. Collett was born in St. Peter Port, Guernsey and arrived with his family in Western Australia in October 1884. He was educated at Perth Grammar School and became a librarian at the Victoria Public Library in 1891. He married Anne Whitfield in April 1904. Collett joined the Metropolitan Rifle Volunteers at the age of 16 and rose to command the 11th Australian Infantry Regiment as a lieutenant-colonel in 1908. With the outbreak of World War I he commanded the 28th Battalion of the first Australian Imperial Force from 23 April 1915 and he served at Gallipoli, in Egypt and Sinai and in France. On 29 July 1916, he was wounded at the battle of Pozières. He returned to action on 12 October 1917 at the First Battle of Passchendaele. He was promoted to colonel in June 1918 and discharged in September 1919. He was mentioned in dispatches and was made a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order in 1916, a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1919 and was promoted brevet-colonel. Collett was assistant general secretary of Perth's amalgamated library, museum and art gallery from 1915 to 1933 and president of the Western Australia branch of the Returned Sailors and Soldiers' Imperial League from 1925 to 1933.

Annie, Lady de Sausmarez

Chivalric Order Member

Annie Elizabeth, Lady de Sausmarez GBE, often called Lady de Sausmarez, even after she was created a dame, née Annie Elizabeth Mann, was a British philanthropist who was president of the British Women's Work Association in China from 1914 to 1919. For this she was appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire in the 1920 civilian war honours. Born in Guernsey, she was the daughter of a clergyman. In 1897, she married Sir Havilland de Sausmarez, a judge in the Foreign Office Judicial Service. Her husband was a judge of the British Supreme Consular Court in the Ottoman Empire until 1905. In that year, Sir Havilland was appointed, Judge of the British Supreme Court for China. She and Sir Havilland lived in Shanghai until 1920, when they returned to Guernsey. Sir Havilland then served Bailiff of Guernsey from 1922 to 1929. She died at her home in Guernsey, aged 90.

Jasper Hume Nicolls


Jasper Hume Nicolls was a Canadian Anglican priest and first Principal of Bishop's College. Born in Guernsey, the son of General Gustavus Nicolls and Heriot Frances Thomson, Nicolls was raised in British North America in Halifax and Quebec City where his father commanded the Corps of Royal Engineers in Canada from 1815 to 1837. Nicolls received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1840 from Oriel College, Oxford and was made a fellow of The Queen's College, Oxford in 1843. He was ordained deacon in 1844 and priest in 1845. He returned to Canada in 1845 when he was appointed the first principal of Bishop’s College. He remained in this position until his death in 1877.

John Dobree Dalgairns

Deceased Person

John Dobree Dalgairns, English Roman Catholic priest, was born in Guernsey. He attended Elizabeth College, Guernsey, from where he was awarded an Open Scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford. About the age of seventeen he entered Exeter College, Oxford, and soon after taking his degree he contributed a letter to Louis Veuillot's ultramontane organ L'Univers, on "Anglican Church Parties," which gave him considerable repute. Together with Mark Pattison and others, he translated the Catena aurea of St Thomas Aquinas, a commentary on the Gospels, taken from the works of the Fathers. He was a contributor to Newman's Lives of the English Saints, for which he wrote the beautiful studies on the Cistercian Saints. The Life of St Stephen Harding has been translated into several languages. Under the influence of the Italian missionary Blessed Dominic Barberi Dalgairns became a Roman Catholic in 1845, and was ordained priest in the following year. He joined his friend John Henry Newman in Rome, and, together with him, entered the Congregation of the Oratory. On his return to England in 1848, he was attached to the London Oratory, where he laboured successfully as a priest, with the exception of three years spent in Birmingham. Dalgairns was a prominent member of the well-known "Metaphysical Society." He died at Burgess Hill, near Brighton, on 6 April 1876.

J. P. Collas


John Collas was Professor of French at Queen Mary College, London from 1953 to 1976. In his obituary, he was described as being "the principal Anglo-Norman scholar of the day" and "one of the leading philologists of his generation." Collas was born in Guernsey in 1911 and was educated at Elizabeth College in St Peter Port before winning an exhibition to Jesus College, Oxford, where he obtained a B.A. degree in 1932. He conducted research into Norman-French, leading to a B.Litt. degree in 1934. He became a lecturer at Manchester University in 1936, moving to Glasgow University in 1937. He was a conscientious objector during the Second World War. After returning to Manchester University in 1946, he was appointed as Lecturer in French at Queen Mary College in 1947. He became professor and head of department in 1953, and remained at the college until his retirement in 1976, although he continued to carry out research in his retirement. He came from a Guernsey family that spoke Guernésiais. He conducted research into Jèrriais, including Sercquiais – although this research was never completed, it was made available to other scholars in the field and the fieldwork papers are currently in the collection of the Priaulx Library in Guernsey. He studied Anglo-Norman from the Middle Ages onwards, working on the Anglo-Norman dictionary for twenty years, and developing a particular interest in Anglo-Norman law, publishing three volumes of Year Books from the time of King Edward II for the Selden Society. In his regard, he was consulted on one occasion by the Supreme Court of Canada. He also taught medieval French literature and, when called upon to do so, could teach topics in more modern fields such as Proust. He died in Dorset on 13 August 1984. His wife, Gaby Cassel, survived him.

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