Alexander Roche, Baron Roche

Alexander Roche, Baron Roche

Alexander Roche, Baron Roche

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Alexander Adair Roche, Baron Roche PC (24 July 1871 – 22 December 1956), known under his second surname, was a British barrister and law lord.


He was the second son of William Brock Roche and his wife Mary Fraser, daughter of William Fraser. Roche was educated at Ipswich School and studied then at Wadham College, Oxford, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1894 and a Master of Arts in 1913. He was called to the bar by the Inner Temple in 1896 and went to the Northern Circuit.


Roche became a King's Counsel in 1912 and was elected a bencher in 1917. Later in that year, he was appointed to the High Court of Justice , on whose occasion he was created a Knight Bachelor. He served as chairman of the Oxfordshire Quarter Sessions from 1932 and held the same post in the Central Agricultural Wages Board from 1940.

In 1934, Roche was made a Lord Justice of Appeal and was sworn off the Privy Council. On 14 October 1935 to fill a vacancy he was nominated a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary receiving the traditional life peerage as Baron Roche, of Chadlington, in the County of Oxfordshire. Roche retired already in 1938...
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