d'Authreau family page
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Origin of surname
Although presumably of French origin, we have found nothing which gives a clue to the derivation of this name.
The first d'Authreau on record in Jersey is Jean Jacques Dauthereau, who was born in Bordeaux, and came to the island in the early 19th century. His father was Joseph Marie Dauthreau, a Parisien, the son of Claude.
Jean Jacques was married first to Marie Adeline Lacouture in 1818, and it appears that their two children, Jeanne Erminie (1819- ) and Catherine Cora Octavie (1820- ) came to Jersey with their father because Jeanne married Philippe Gruchy. Jean Jacques married for a second time in Jersey in 1832. The name of his wife is something of a mystery because she is shown in the St Helier marriage register as Marie Brown, but the baptism register shows the births of three children to Jean Jacques and Mary Ann Pluck in 1832, 1834 and 1836.
Six members of the family served in the Armed Forces in or just after the First World War. There were two sets of three brothers Frederick Powell, Christian Harold and William Victor d'Authreau, and their cousins Charles John, Edward George and Frederick James d'Authreau.
The elder brother of Frederick, Christian and William - Edward Joseph d'Authreau - served in South Africa in the second Boer War from 1899 to 1902.
Christian was one of the mainstays of the Jersey Company which joined the Royal Irish Rifles, being promoted to Company Sergeant Major and later serving in the 2nd Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment. He was wounded in active service, mentioned in despatches and awarded the French Medaille Militaire in May 1917.
- Christian Harold d'Authreau, Medaille Militaire (1884- ) (St H) ex-RMIJ, Company Sergeant Major, Royal Irish Rifles, wounded
- Frederick Powell d'Authreau (St H), Gunner, 110 Company RGA
- William Victor d'Authreau (St H), Private, Devonshire Regiment
- Charles John d'Authreau (1896- ) (St H), Sapper, RE
- Edward George d'Authreau (St H) Aircraft Mechanic RAF
- Frederick James d'Authreau (1903- ) (St H) Boy Artificer RN, HMS Fisgard
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