Herbert du Parcq, Baron du Parcq

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Herbert du Parcq, Baron du Parcq PC, KC (5 August 1880 – 27 April 1949) was a British judge.

du Parcq was born in Saint Helier, Jersey in 1880, son of Clement Pixley du Parcq and Sophia Thoreau. He was educated at Victoria College, Jersey and Exeter College, Oxford (BA Literae Humaniores) (2nd class)) and Jesus College, Oxford (BCL, Senior Scholar). He was president of the Oxford Union in 1902. He was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1906 and admitted to the Jersey Bar in the same year.[1]

In 1911 he married Lucy Renouf, from St Helier. They had two daughters Helen and Catherine and a son John Renouf. Herbert died in a London nursing home on 27 April 1949.

He became a specialist in commercial litigation in London, took silk as a Q.C. in 1926 and was appointed Recorder for Portsmouth in 1928 and Recorder for Bristol in 1929. A mutiny in Dartmoor Prison on 24 January 1932 led to the setting up of a commission of enquiry under Herbert du Parcq. His report was considered satisfactory and he was rewarded with an appointment to the King's Bench Division as a judge.

Invested to the Privy Council in 1938, du Parcq was Lord Justice of Appeal from 1938 to 1946. On 5 February 1946, he was appointed Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and was created a life peer with the title Baron du Parcq, of Grouville in the Island of Jersey.

During World War 2, he chaired the Channel Islands Refugees Committee which raised funds, gave financial relief, distributed clothing, traced relatives and gave guidance and help to refugees. The UK government relied on the Committee for information on the Channel Islands and in September 1940 his first appeal for funds on the BBC's 'The Week's Good Cause' programme raised what was then a record result.

In 1946 he became chairman of a Royal Commission into justices of the peace. He was a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, and was an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College and Jesus College.


  1. ^ C. J. C. (1949). "The Rt. Hon. Lord du Parcq (in In Memoriam)". Transactions of the Grotius Society, Vol. 35, Problems of Public and Private International Law, Transactions for the Year 1949. pp. xv–xvi. 

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