Thomas Frederick “Freddie” de la Mare Priaulx (1906-1996) was a leading Guernsey historian, and a major contributor to the Guernsey Society.
TF Priaulx was born in the Isle of Wight in 1906, the son of Thomas Le Mesurier Priaulx and his wife Elsie. He was educated at St Saviours School and Les Vauxbelets College. His father died when he was 7 years old.
On leaving school, he started work in the offices of Advocate J E L Martel, as well as helping his mother and sister on the family farm at Les Prevosts.
He became interested in island history during the 1930s, and joined La Société Guernesiaise, where he met Edith Carey, John Le Patourel and other local historians. In 1938, Freddie gave up his office job in order to spend more time pursuing his interests in the history of Guernsey, particularly local families and their houses.
World War II
He chose to remain in the island during the German Occupation of World War II. In 1942, he was deported to a concentration camp at Laufen in Germany, because of his English birth. He was released in 1945, and returned to the island.
He became a member of the Guernsey Society, and was a regular contributor to the Review of the Guernsey Society. A collection of articles by Freddie and Prof EB Moullin on island farmhouses formed the basis for the Guernsey Society’s book The Guernsey Farmhouse, which was published in 1964.
He made a major contribution to our understanding of the island’s history – being the most prolific contributor to the Review of the Guernsey Society (contributing nearly 100 articles between 1953 and 1981), as well as eight major papers to the Transactions of La Societe Guernesiaise during the same period.