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Lady Mary <I>Churchill</I> Soames

Lady Mary Churchill Soames

Westerham, Sevenoaks District, Kent, England
Death 31 May 2014 (aged 91)
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burial Bladon, West Oxfordshire District, Oxfordshire, England
Memorial ID 130724708 · View Source
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Winston Churchill's last surviving daughter, Mary, Lady Soames, has died at the age of 91.

She passed away peacefully at her west London home yesterday evening surrounded by her family, after a short illness.

She was the youngest of the five children of the wartime prime minister and his wife Clementine.

One of her sons, the Conservative MP Nicholas Soames, said: 'She was a truly remarkable and extraordinary woman, who led a very distinguished life.'

Mary Churchill worked for the Red Cross and the Women's Voluntary Service from 1939 to 1941, and joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service with whom she served in London, Belgium and Germany in mixed anti-aircraft batteries, rising to the rank of Junior Commander (equivalent to Captain).

She also accompanied her father as aide-de-camp on several of his overseas journeys, including his post-VE trip to Potsdam, where he met with US president Harry S Truman and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.

She married the Conservative politician Christopher Soames (later Baron Soames) in 1947 and they had five children - Nicholas, Emma, Jeremy, Charlotte and Rupert.
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lady Mary Churchill Soames (15 Sep 1922–31 May 2014), Find A Grave Memorial no. 130724708, citing St. Martin's Churchyard, Bladon, West Oxfordshire District, Oxfordshire, England ; Maintained by Pat McArron (contributor 47348594) .