The Book of Soden

Australia : Part 2 

  • Soden Plaque in Bath Cathedral, England
    Soden Plaque in Bath Cathedral, England
  • Henry Drummond, Canadian physician and poet
    Henry Drummond, Canadian physician and poet
  • Battle of Edgehill in the 17th century
    Battle of Edgehill in the 17th century
  • Gravne of Ian Scovil Soden, DSO WWII
    Gravne of Ian Scovil Soden, DSO WWII
  • A Coldstream Guard from the Battle of Waterloo against Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815
    A Coldstream Guard from the Battle of Waterloo against Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815
Soden Plaque in Bath Cathedral, England
Soden Plaque in Bath Cathedral, England

Tall Soden Stories II


IRELAND / SLIGO

Sheriff of Sligo 1674



It is recorded that three Sodens of the Ascendancy Family in Sligo held the post of 

Sheriff of the County

1674

Thomas Soden,Grange - High Sheriff

LH 8/Tituladoes/Sligo Courthouse Library

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Gray/High Sheriffs in Sligo/Sligo Courthouse Library

James Soden of Grange evidently son of Thomas Soden also of

Grange High Sheriff in 1674. It is also clear that he is a close relation both of

Edward Soden High Sheriff 1730 and of James Soden,

High Sheriff in 1736. The will of James Soden of Derry,Co.Sligo was

Dat(e). of .1731.


Also Thomas Soden vivens 1775 was Provost in the County from 1787 and his diary

was bequeathed to the Sligo Archive by James Arthur Soden of Toronto, Canada

in 1972


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Sources:

Tall Soden Stories II

Sheriff of Sligo 1674

1674

Thomas Soden,Grange - High Sheriff

LH 8/Tituladoes/Sligo Courthouse Library

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Gray/High Sheriffs in Sligo/Sligo Courthouse Library

James Soden of Grange evidently son of Thomas Soden also of

Grange High Sheriff in 1674. It is also clear that he is a close relation both of

Edward Soden High Sheriff 1730 and of James Soden,

High Sheriff in 1736. The will of James Soden fo Derry,Co.Sligo was

Dat(e). of .1731.

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UNITED KINGDOM / 

 

3 Soden Brothers : Ian Scovil, John fFlewellyn and Frank Graham


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 require 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

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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)

(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 accasion he attacked, single-handedd,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

 

Flight Lieutenant Georg Edward Thomas Soden MRCS.,LRCP., (147577)

was born on 8th December,1908,studied at St.Bartholomews Hospital and was employed at Brackley Hospital,Northhamptonshire before being granted a commission in the Medical Branch of the Royal Air

Force Volunteer Reserve on 29th July,1943. He was killed in action  at the Headquarters of No. 961

(Balloon) Squadron at Frith Road,Dover on 26th September,1944.

Leading Aircraftman John Francis Soden (1309640)

Information to be obtained yet

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Flight Lieutenant John Flewelling Soden,RAF,42903

1939/45 Star

Air Crew Europe Star

Africa Star

Battle of Britain bar

Defence Medal

War Medal

John flewelling Soden is commemorated on the London Battle of Britain Monument. 

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 BF109s. 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 troopship 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.

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 Club.

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, Cambridge.

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.

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TIMES INDEX

1941,January ? March

Times Index

NL Open Sherlves

Soden,Flying Officer ,J.S.

Death on active service

Jan.2.,6e

 

1944,July ? September

Times Index

NL Open Shelves

 

 

Soden,Rev. G[eoffrey]

On post offices in rural districts

Sept.6. 8c

 

Soden,Flight Lt. G.E.

Death on active service

Sept. 29.,8d

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Feature on the Sodens of Winchcombe,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 Winchcombe,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  Maud Grahame  and served in the WAAF.They had one adopted sister,Mrs. Cawood.  All 3  names are remembered on the monument in Winchcombe, Oxfordshire, England


Sources:-

Excerpt from The London Gazette,28th June,1940

Air Ministry,

28th June,1940


Commonwealth Graves Commission

John Fl Soden Alamein

Ian Scovil Soden, Pas de Calais

Frank Graham Soden, Imphal, India

London Gazette, 28th June, 1940 [ DSO for Ian Scovil Soden]

London Battle of Britain Monument [John fl. Soden]

War Memorial , Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, England

.Ernest Soden, Dunkirk, Lancastria, 1940

John Flewellym Soden , Laconia , 1942

Much information from researcher Alistair Jack at Kew Archives regarding the 3 Soden brothers and the Winchcombe Memorial, in

Gloucestershire.

Royal Air Force, Personnel Management Agency, Innsworth, Glouc ester , 19 August, 1998