Charles Frossard

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Sir Charles Keith Frossard (18 February 1922 - 15 July 2012) was Bailiff of Guernsey from 1982 to 1992.

The son of Canon Edward Louis Frossard, C.B.E., Rector of St Sampsons and Dean of Guernsey, 1945-1968, Charles was educated at Elizabeth College, Guernsey, and started at Caen University before being evacuated to Edinburgh with his sister in June 1940. He served with the Gordon Highlanders, the Black Watch and the Indian Army during World War II, after which he took a Bachelier en Droit at the University of Caen, Normandy.

Frossard studied at Gray's Inn and started practising as an advocate in Guernsey in 1949.

In 1950 he married Betty Martel, daughter of former H.M. Comptroller John Edmund Leopold Martel. They had two daughters.

In 1958 He was elected Deputy for St. Peter Port and in 1967 became a Conseiller.

He was appointed H.M. Comptroller in 1969 and served as H.M. Procureur from 1973 to 1977.

It was while he was HM Comptrolleur that Frossard, in his other capacity as president of the States of Guernsey's European Free Trade Association and Economic Community Committee, began the negotiations which resulted in Guernsey being allowed the right to pick and choose from future EU legislation and export goods duty free to the Continent.

From 1977 Frossard was Deputy Bailiff, and in 1982 he was appointed Bailiff. He was knighted in 1983, becoming a Commander Brother of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem. He was promoted to Knight of this Order in 1985.

He received the title Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Caen, Normandy, in 1990, and was made a Knight of the British Empire in 1992.

He was president of the Indian Army Association from 1993; Grand Master of the Guernsey Freemasons from 1995; and a member of the Church of England Synod from 1960 to 1982.

Sir Charles Keith Frossard died on 15 July 2012.

He is commemorated in the Guernsey Civil Service Board building, Sir Charles Frossard House, locally known as “Custard Castle”, for its purple and yellow exterior.

Tributes

Sir Charles will be best remembered for his 10 years as Bailiff, presiding over the States of Deliberation of which he had once been a member. In particular for his judicial work where he had a thorough understanding of the customary law of this island.
R J Collas, Bailiff
Guernsey has lost a fine gentleman and one who epitomised the best attributes of public service to the Island and its community.
Chief Minister, Deputy Peter Harwood


Bailiffs of Guernsey
Predecessor Successor
Sir John Loveridge
1973-1982
Sir Charles Frossard
1982-1992
Sir Graham Martyn Dorey
1992-1999
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