Arthur Granville Soames

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Captain Arthur Granville Soames, OBE (1886-1962), was a member of HM's Coldstream Guards.


Early life[edit]

He was born on 12 October 1886 in Wingerworth, Derbyshire, England.[1] He was the son of Harold Soames, brewer, of Chesterfield, Derbyshire and his wife Katherine Mary Hill, who came from a long line of Russian merchants based in St Petersburg. He was the brother of Auriol Davidson née Soames (who died under a train in Cheshunt in April 1919) and of Olave St. Clair Baden-Powell née Soames, World Chief Guide.


He was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant into the Coldstream Guards 16 August 1905, Lieutenant 21 September 1907,[2] and served with the Coldstream Guards during the First World War.[3][4]

In November, 1926, then living at Ashwell Manor, Tyler's Green, Penn, Bucks., he was made Sheriff of Buckinghamshire,[5] and again the following year, 1927[6]

Personal life[edit]

He was married on 20 Dec 1913 in London to Hope Mary Woodbine Parish (b. 2 Aug 1893 in Westminster)[7][8] Together, they had two daughters and a son :-

They divorced in 1934, and Arthur re-married twice:

  • On 23 Oct 1934 in London to Annette Constance Jardine née Fraser (b. Sep 1876, East Grinstead, Sussex, England [9]
  • On 16 Mar 1948 to Audrey Alma Humphreys.

He inherited the mansion and estate of Sheffield Park, Sussex, from his father's childless brother, Arthur Gilstrap Soames[10] and sold the estate in 1953.[11] He also disposed of part of his extensive library around that time.[12]

He died in a London hospital on 6 July 1962.[13]


  1. ^ "The Derbyshire childhood of Olave Lady Baden-Powell" by Jill Armstrong
  2. ^ page 93
  3. ^ More data and References to follow
  4. ^ Records can be obtained via this WebSite for £30
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  7. ^ Marriage notice in The Times, Monday, 22 Dec 1913, p.1, reads: SOAMES : PARISH.--On the 20th Dec., at the Guards' Chapel, Wellington Barracks, by the Rev. Cyril J. Howell, Vicar of St. Mary's, Graham-street, assisted by the Revd. Dallas Ennis, Chaplain to the Brigade of Guards, ARTHUR GRANVILLE, son of Mr. and Mrs. HAROLD SOAMES, Lilliput, Dorsetshire, and HOPE MARY WOODBINE, daughter of Mr. and the HONBLE. Mrs. CHARLES WOODBYNE PARISH, 58, Ennismore-gardens.
  8. ^ The wedding report in The Times, Monday, 22 Dec 1913, p.11, reads (in part): MR. A.G. SOAMES AND MISS PARISH. The marriage of Mr. Arthur Granville Soames, Coldstream Guards, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Soames, of Lilliput, Dorset, and Miss Hope Mary Woodbine Parish, daughter of Mr. and the Hon. Mrs. Charles Woodbyne Parish, of 58, Ennismore-gardens, took place on Saturday at the Guards' Chapel, Wellington Barracks. ...
  9. ^ Marriage notice in The Times, 25 October 1934, p. 1, reads: SOAMES : JARDINE.---On Oct. 23, 1934, by the Rev. Dr. Geikie-Cobb, D.D., CAPTAIN A. GRANVILLE SOAMES to ANNETTE CONSTANCE, widow of ROBERT JARDINE. England & Wales, Marriage Index: 1916-2005 ( gives: Name: Arthur G Soames / Spouse Surname: Jardine / Date of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec 1934 / Registration district: London City / Registration county (inferred): Middlesex / Volume Number: 1c / Page Number: 22, for marriage to Annette C Jardine.
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  13. ^ Death notice in The Times, Saturday, 7 Jul 1962, p.10