Frank Ereaut

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Official portrait in the Royal Court
Sir Frank escorts the Duchess of Kent on an official visit to the island

Sir Frank Ereaut - Bailiff of Jersey 1975-1985

Ereaut was born in London, the son of Herbert Parker Ereaut (who predeceased him having been killed in active service in 1918) and May Julia Cobbold. Ereaut was the grandson of James J Ereaut, a Constable of St Saviour.

He was educated at Victoria College Prep School in Jersey, Tormore Preparatory School in Deal and Cranleigh School. He was a Kitchener Scholar at Exeter College, Oxford. During the Second World War, her served in the Royal Army Service Corps, attaining the rank of Captain.

Legal career

He was called to the English and Jersey Bars in 1947. He was appointed Solicitor-General of Jersey in 1958, serving in that position for three years before becoming Attorney-General when Sir Robert Le Masurier was appointed Lieut-Bailiff during the illness of Deputy Bailiff Cecil Stanley Harrison.

The interim appointent of Francis de Lisle Bois as Deputy Bailiff on the death of Bailiff Harrison after only a few weeks in office meant that Frank Ereaut remained as Attorney-General until 1969, when he became Deputy Bailiff, succeeding Sir Robert Le Masurier as Bailiff in 1975.

One of the more controversial aspects of his tenure of office related to the Bailiff's role in approving and censuring public entertainment. He refused to allow the Monty Python film Life of Brian to be shown in the island, insisting that it was only watched by adults, despite it having been rated suitable for those aged 14 or over by the British Board of Film Censorship. It would not be shown in Jersey until 2001, despite having been shown on several occasions prior on Channel 4 - a British TV network available in Jersey.

Personal life

Sir Frank married Kay Fitzgibbon from County Cork. They had one daughter.

Sir Frank and Lady Ereaut visit a children's playground in the 1970s
Bailiffs of Jersey
Predecessor Successor
Sir Robert Le Masurier
1961-1975
Sir Frank Ereaut
1975-1985
Sir Peter Crill
1986-1995
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