The Book of Soden

 History of the  Soden Family 1146 - 1950

Profiles 2/1814 - 1942

Profiles 2/1814 - 1942


Profiles (2) : United Kingdom & United States of America - 1814 - 1942


1.        Thomas Soden , Coldstream Guard , vivens 1814                                          
2.        Thomas Soden , Mayor of Coventry , died 1868                                                         
3.         Thomas Spooner Soden,1830- 1920                                                                                        
4.        Ian Scovil Soden , 1917-1940    
5.         Frank Graham Soden , died 1942                                                                                 
6.        John Fflewelling Soden , died 1942                                                                                           
7.        The Sodens of Wincombe , Oxfordshshire                                                                    



1.           THOMAS SODEN ,COLDSTREAM GUARD (vivens 1814)



A Coldstream Guard with the 1st/2nd foot ,to which Thomas Soden ,Stoneleigh,belonged.


Waterloo, Belgium                                                                                                                      


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)

            Law Note

Thomas Spooner Soden , Barrister-at-Law was born on 15th May, 1830 ,
son of John Smith Soden , FRCS and Isabella Claverdon , who died 1911
daughter of Edward Cator Seaton, of Local Government Board, FRCP 1873.
Thomas S. Soden was educated privately ,at Exeter College Oxford ,where
he took an MA

     1862 he was called to the Bar and goes to the Midland Circuit.

            1868 and

            1875 - 1901 he was a Revising Barrister

            1882 - 1912 he was Assistant Recorder at Birmingham

            1897 - 1914 he was Recorder at Grantham and formerly Counsel

            for Mint at  Warwick Assizes and Sessions.

Publications: joint author of Smith and Soden?s Landlord and Tenant

Address: 1, Courthouse Road, Wimbledon

Club : Athenaeum

1920,5th August he died.

See  Ronald Sodens [The Sodens of Coventry] Book 1992 for more

detailed family history.



4.    IAN SCOVIL SODEN ( 1917-1940)




Flight   Lieutenant Ian Scovil Soden D.S.O. (33289)
Distinguished Service Order  George VI

1939/45 Star

Air Crew Europe Star
War Medal

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
Air Ministry,

28th June,1940




                            War Memorial at Winchcombe, Oxfordshire on which the

                            3 Soden Brothers are remembered


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)

(reported missing)

This officers 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



5.         FRANK GRAHAM SODEN (died 1942)

Soden Lieutenant,Frank Graham,

Army in Burma Reserve of Officers.

18th May,1942.

Grave 7.F.20.

Gloucester Echo 4/6/1942

He died of Blackwater Fever during the retreat in Burma. He was educated

at Woodbridge School,and worked for a firm of importers in London before

going out to Rangoon to work for six years in the teak forestry business.

He was considered to have been an outstanding  sportsman . He played at

Wimbledon All England Tournament.

He was the third son of Wilfred Scovil Soden , Medical doctor at Winchcombe

and Maud Graham , WAAF. His brothers were John Flewelling Soden and

Ian Scovil Soden and a sister, Mrs. Cawood.


6.         JOHN FFLEWELLING SODEN  (died 1942)

Flight Lieutenant John Flewelling Soden , RAF , 42903

1939/45 Star

Air Crew Europe Star
Africa Star
Battle of Britain bar
Defence Medal
War Medal

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.

It was during the return trip to England from Aden via Capetown that the troop

ship on which he was travelling was torpedoed by a submarine U156. The troopship

on which he was travelling was the LACONIA (CUNARD WHITE STAR LINE) and was

sunk in mid Atlantic on the 12th of September,1942 by U-Boat 156 . When Captain

Hartenstein   of U156 realised there were Italian prisoners aboard the Laconia ,he

immediately rescued as many as possible and called other boats to the rescue.

However,on the way home they were attacked by a American B-24 .The U-boats

dived ,the survivors were picked up later by French vessels but this action by the

Allies  led  to the Laconia Befehl of Donitz for his Uboats to cease  rescuing  crews

of sunken ships . John Flewelling Soden  is buried in the Military Cemetery in

Alamein,Egypt and commemorated on Column 247.



Captain Wilfred Scovil Soden

Royal Army Medical Corps

British War Medal

Victory  Medal with Mentioned in Despatches Oak Leaf


First Served in World War One in Egypt from 7th February,1914.

Son of Frank Holland Soden and married to Dorothy Maud Graham at Trinity Church,

St.Marylebone , London on 29th May , 1914.

He was born in Canada , educated at Woodbridge School , Suffolk and St.Johns College,


He worked at Winchcombe Hospital , had a brother ,Group Captain Ormond Soden,

DFC, a sister,Kathleen , an adopted daughter , Mrs.Cawood and lost 3 sons in World

War 2.



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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