Christopher Soames. Arthur Christopher John Soames, Baron Soames, GCMG, GCVO, CH, CBE, PC (12 October 1920 – 16 September 1987) was a British Conservative politician who served as a European Commissioner and the last Governor of Southern Rhodesia. He was previously Member of Parliament (MP) for Bedford from 1950 to 1966.
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Soames was born in Penn, Buckinghamshire, England, the son of Captain Arthur Granville Soames (the brother of Olave Baden-Powell, World Chief Guide, both descendants of a brewing family which had joined the landed gentry) by his marriage to Hope Mary Woodbine Parish. His parents divorced while he was a boy, and his mother married as her second husband Charles Rhys (later, 8th Baron Dynevor), by whom she had further children including Richard Rhys, 9th Baron Dynevor.
After military service during the Second World War, Soames served as the Assistant Military Attaché in Paris. He was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Bedford from 1950 to 1966 and served under Sir Anthony Eden as Under-Secretary of State for Air from 1955 to 1957 and under Harold Macmillan as Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty from 1957 to 1958. In the 1955 Birthday Honours he was invested as Commander of the Order of the British Empire(CBE). In 1958 he was admitted to the Privy Council. He served under Macmillan as Secretary of State for War (outside the Cabinet) from 1958 to 1960 and then in the Cabinets of Macmillan and his successor Sir Alec Douglas-Homeas Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from July 1960 to 1964. Home had promised to promote him to Foreign Secretary if the Conservatives won the 1964 election, but they did not. Between 1965 and 1966, Soames was Shadow Foreign Secretary under Edward Heath. He lost his seat in Parliament in th...
Lord Soames married Mary Churchill, the youngest child of Winston Churchill and Clementine Hozier, on 11 February 1947. They had five children: 1. The Rt Hon. Sir Arthur Nicholas Winston Soames (b. 12 February 1948) – Conservative Member of Parliament and former Shadow Secretary of State for Defence 2. The Hon. Emma Mary Soames (b. 6 September 1949) – editor of Sagamagazine 3. The Hon. Jeremy Bernard Soames (b. 25 May 1952) 4. The Hon. Charlotte Clementine Soames, the Countess Peel (b. 17 July 1954), is married to The Earl Peel, the Lord Chamberlain 5. The Hon. Rupert Christopher Soames(b. 18 May 1959).
Lord Soames died from pancreatitis, aged 66. His ashes were buried within the Churchill plot at St Martin's Church, Bladon, near Woodstock, Oxfordshire.1920–1950: Mr Christopher Soames1950–1955: Mr Christopher Soames MP1955–1958: Mr Christopher Soames CBEMP1958–1966: The Rt Hon. Christopher Soames CBEMPJago, Michael Rab Butler: The Best Prime Minister We Never Had?, Biteback Publishing 2015 ISBN 978-1849549202Stevan Pavlowitch, Apologising for the Empire, Oxford University Press, England (1996)Claire Sanderson, Perfide Albion ? L’affaire Soames et les arcanes de la diplomatie britannique, Paris, Publications de la Sorbonne, 2011.
Arthur Christopher John Soames was born at Ashwell Manor in Penn, Buckinghamshire, the only son (he had two sisters) of Captain Arthur Soames, O.B.E. and his wife, Hope Parish. He was educated at Eton and the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. On the outbreak of war in 1939, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant...
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Christopher Soames, the last colonial governor of Southern Rhodesia. The fraught negotiations at Lancaster House on Rhodesia-Zimbabwe’s constitutional arrangements for independence between September-December 1979 were only part of the delicate process of resolution of the intractable UDI problem. The
May 23, 2018 · Rupert Christopher Soames OBE (born 18 May 1959) is a British businessman, CEO of the outsourcing company Serco. Early life. Soames was born in Croydon, Surrey, to Lord and Lady Soames. He is a grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, a nephew of the former Defence Secretary Duncan Sandys and Diana Churchill; the journalist Randolph Churchill and the ...
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Sep 17, 1987 · Lady Soames described the friendship between her father and her husband as ''a warm, a moving relationship, which grew in affection and trust.'' ''It had an enormous effect on Christopher's ...
Jun 01, 2014 · Christopher Soames’s marriage to Mary was undoubtedly his great opportunity: his father-in-law’s influence on his career was inestimable, as was the able, cheerful support of his wife, who ...