The Soltau-Symons Family
Lionel Culme (Soltau) Soltau-Symons
1876, in Tarrant Rushton, Dorset,
William Culme (Soltau) Soltau-Symons
Elizabeth (Todd, Coventry) Soltau-Symons
Eton College, which he entered in
1890 and left in 1894
The Eton register 1836-1890 p12:
Soltau-Symons (J.M.E., R.C.R.) LIONEL
CULME. Son of J. W. C. S.-S. of Chaddlewood, Plympton,
Devon; April 1890, July 1894; Lieut. 1st Bn. Durham Light Infantry,
serving in S. Africa.
In Annals of an Eton House p420, Lawrence
Buxton recalls an incident at Eton involving Lionel:
remember W. H. Jenkins, now of the 7th Dragoon Guards, and
Soltau-Symons, of the Durham Light Infantry, having a great battue
with a Service revolver on the top floor. A lexicon was usually the
stop-butt; but on this occasion they forgot it, and the bullets went
through the wall and nearly slew Godley, now in some Government Office.
For some reason, I escaped being captured with them, as did Clem Mitford
(10th Hussars). They were dealt with by Greenly, now of the 12th
Lancers, and as far as I remember he was not merciful.
Hon. Lucy Jessie Lyon Playfair on
21 November 1907, in Wimborne
district, Dorset, England. Lucy was born on 24 September 1877, in
Moorefield, county Kildare, Ireland, the daughter of Brig.-Gen. George James Playfair, 2nd Baron
Playfair, and Lucy Osborne Matthews. She died on
6 April 1956, at The Ryelands, Randwick, Stroud, Gloucestershire.
1901: Fintray House, Aberdeenshire
1911: The Gables, Shorecliffe, Durham
Lionel was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion, the
Devonshire Regiment on 13 March 1895 (London Gazette 12 March 1895 p1472), and
transferred to the Durham Light Infantry on 9 December 1896 (London Gazette 8 December 1896 p7231). He
was promoted to Lieutenant on 1 September 1898 (London Gazette 20 September 1898 p5536).
Lionel was mentioned in despatches from South Africa on 4 September 1901 for
having "rendered special and meritorious service" (London Gazette 10 September 1901 p5949) and
promoted as Captain into the Royal Warwickshire Regiment on 19 February 1902
Gazette 18 February 1902 p1039). On 8 April 1903, Lionel was
seconded to the Staff and appointed Aide-de-Camp to Lieutenant-General Sir
H. Le G. Geary K.C.B., Royal Artillery, Governor and Commander-in-Chief,
Bermuda (London Gazette 25 August 1903 p5350), and
this appointment carried over to be Aide-de-Camp to Sir R. MacG. Stewart
K.C.B., Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Bermuda, on 29 April 1904 (London Gazette 3 May 1904 p2842). Lionel
transferred back to the Durham Light Infantry as a captain on 26 July 1908 (London
Gazette 7 August 1908 p5812). Lionel was seconded for service
in the Territorial Infantry, and appointed Adjutant in the 5th Battalion,
Northumberland Fusiliers on 24 September 1911 (London Gazette 31 October 1911 p7882). On
30 October 1914, Lionel was appointed temporary Major of the 12th Battalion,
Durham Light Infantry (London Gazette 4 December 1914 p10301). He
was injured in 1915, as described in The Durham
County Advertiser 7 May 1915:
CAPT. SALTAU SYMONS
Capt. Soltan-Symons, of the 2nd D.L.I., husband of the Hon. Mrs
Soltan-Symons, of Shincliffe, Durham, was seriously wounded on Friday
night. The injury is over the right eye and the gallant captain is in
hospital at Rouen. Mrs Soltan-Symons has left Durham for the latter
Lionel was made a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order on 3 June
1915 (at that time listed as a captain, and again attached to the 5th
Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers) (London Gazette 22 June 1915 p6125). He was
promoted to major on 1 September 1915 (London Gazette 3 September 1915 p8809) but
he was absorbed into the establishment, as a supernumerary major, on 12
December 1915 (London Gazette 21 December 1915 p12803) and
on 22 June 1926 he ceased to belong to the Reserve of Officers, "having
attained the age limit of liability to recall" (London Gazette 22 June 1926 p4042).
A lot of information about Lionel is held at the Durham
Record Office (ref D/DLI 7/654/1) which is a "scrapbook of Captain L.
Soltau-Symons concerning his service with the 1st Battalion, The Durham
Light Infantry, in the South African War, including photographs, newspaper
cuttings, caricatures and a letter, 28 October 1899 – 1 November 1902"
district, Gloucestershire, England, aged 67.
Cliff Silverton House, Holdenhurst, Hampshire
1891: Lockeby Hall, Bournemouth, Hampshire
1911: The Gables, Shorecliffe, Durham: Lionel Culme Soltan Symons is aged 34
and Captain Durham Light Infantry
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