Profiles (2) : United Kingdom & United States of America
1. THOMAS SODEN ,COLDSTREAM GUARD (vivens 1814)
A Coldstream Guard with the 1st/2nd foot ,to which Thomas Soden ,Stoneleigh,belonged.
Private Thomas Soden,
(or 2nd) Regiment of Foot Guards
in Lt.Col.Hon.H.R.Pakenham’s Company
Source: David Milner’s Waterloo Database
& Beckett’s Chelsea Pensioners’ list.
2. Thomas Soden , Mayor of Coventry
3. THOMAS SPOONER SODEN (1830-1920)
Thomas Spooner Soden , Barrister-at-Law was born on 15th May, 1830 ,
1875 - 1901 he was a Revising Barrister
1882 – 1912 he was Assistant Recorder at Birmingham
1897 – 1914 he was Reocrder at Grantham and formerly Counsel for Mint at
Publications: joint author of Smith and Soden’s Landlord and Tenant
Address: 1, Courthouse Road, Wimbledon
Club : Athenaeum
1920,5th August he died.
See page of Ronald Soden’s ‘The Sodens of Coventry’Book for more detailed family history.
4. IAN SCOVIL SODEN ( 1917-1940)
ROYAL AIR FORCE
Flight Lieutenant Ian Scovil Soden D.S.O. (33289)
Distinguished Service Order George VI
Air Crew Europe Star
was born on 14th March,1917 , educated Woodbridge School and graduated from RAF College Cranwell on appointment to commission in the Royal Air Force on 19th December,1936. On that day he was posted to No. 56 (Fighter) Squadron based at RAF North Weald in Essex. Involved in six sucessful enemy engagements in the 48 hours,late on 18th May,1940 he failed to return from his fifth sortie of the day ,his Hurricane being reported shot down a few miles from Vitry. This at a time when the allied Forces were retreating to Dunkirk.
On the outbreak of war,the squadron was engaged in defensive patrols until required to provide cover for the retreating forces at Dunkirk,in May,1940 when the officer was killed in action on the 18th of that month.
He was posthumously appointed a Companion to the Distinguished Service Order,a rare reward to such a young officer and mentioned in Despatches in the London Gazette of 1 January,1941.
Excerpt from The London Gazette,28th June,1940
War Memorial at Wycombe, Oxfordshire on which the 3 Soden Brothers are remembered
ROYAL AIR FORCE
The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the undermentioned appointment and
awards in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy:-
Appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order.
Flight Lieutenant Ian Scovil Soden (33289)
This officer’s flight was ordered to France at short notice,and during the following two days he acted as leader in many combats against the enemy. He personally shot down five enemy aircraft,and possibly two more,whilst his flight destroyed a further seven. On one occasion he attacked,single-handedly, between fifty and sixty enemy fighters, destroying one of them. One evening in May, 1940, whilst the aerodrome was being heavily bombed, Flight Lieutenant Soden jumped from a shelter trench, climbed into the nearest fighter aircraft and ,without knowing whether it was fully fuelled or armed, took off from the aerodrome which was covered in smoke. Many delayed action bombs were present. He thus left comparative safety to make a lone attack on a greatly superior force. This officer has displayed great personal dash and courage,and his personal influence has made his flight into a determined fighting unit.
Medals in box addressed to Mrs.D.M.Soden,Green Down House,Bradford Road,Coombe Down,Bath,Somerset
6. JOHN FFLEWELLING SODEN (died 1942)
Flight Lieutenant John Flewelling Soden , RAF , 42903
Air Crew Europe Star
Battle of Britain bar
Served with 266 and 603 Squadrons during the Battle of Britain. August 16th, 1940
he force landed his Spitfire after being wounded in the leg during combat with Luftwaffe
BF109’s. He shared the destruction of a Heinkel 111 on 11/8/1940, claimed (confirmed) BF109.
On 30/9/1940,claimed (confirmed) BF109,30/9/1940. Wounded 25/10/1940. He then transferred
to the Middle East flying Tomahawks.
7. THE SODENS OF WINCOMBE,OXFORDSHIRE
Feature on the Sodens of Wincombe,Oxfordshire, England.
One of the many rewards one gets from the study of famly history is the chance to come upon the
contribution and self-sacrifice of such a family as this,the Sodens of Wincombe,Oxfordshire. The selfless and generous effort made by them in their different roles during this very trying period in British history is exemplary and a source of considerable pride to those who bear the name.
Dr.Wilfred Scovil Soden was born in Canada , came to England with his family,where he was educated
He joined the Army Medical Corp and fought with distinction in the First World War. His medical career was distinguished by his work for the Wincombe hospital till his death in 1942 . This occasion was marked by all accounts with genuine grief at the loss of such a dedicated person,while remembering the great sacrifice made already by his 3 sons in the then raging Second World War.
All three sons were lost in World War Two in various arenas, Ian Scovil Soden,DSO in France, John fFlewelling Soden ,on the ‘Laconia’ and Frank Graham Soden in Burma. There are short biographies
to each in their respective sections.
Their mother was Martha Maud Graham soden and served in the WAAF.They had one adopted sister,Mrs. Cawood.
All 3 names are remembered on the monument in Wincombe,Gloucestershire
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