CodeDS/UK/44
Dates1890-1962
Person NameDe Soissons; Louis Emmanuel Jean Guy (1890-1962); architect and town planner
SurnameDe Soissons
ForenamesLouis Emmanuel Jean Guy
Epithetarchitect and town planner
Biographical NoteLouis Emmanuel Jean Guy de Savoie-Carignan de Soissons CVO RA FRIBA, architect and town planner, was the Commission's Principal Architect for Italy, Sicily and Greece after the Second World War.

He was born on 31 July 1890 in Montreal, Canada, the younger son of Count Louis de Soissons. His first job was with John H. Eastwood, the architect (together with Sydney Greenslade) of Leeds Roman Catholic Cathedral. De Soissons went on to study at the Royal Academy School and the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris where he achieved high distinction. During the First World War, Louis de Soissons served in Italy where he was Mentioned in Dispatches, awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE), the Croce di Guerra and made a Cavaliere of the Order of the Crown of Italy. In 1920, he joined the team of architects responsible for the design of Welwyn Garden City. He became a senior partner in the firm Louis de Soissons, Peacock, Hodges and Robertson. He also designed the George VI Memorial in Carlton Gardens, London and the war memorial at Heacham in Norfolk. He later became architect to the Duchy of Cornwall.

During the Second World War, Louis de Soissons' son, Philip, was killed on 23rd May 1941. He served with the Royal Navy and is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. On 26 July 1944, Louis de Soissons was appointed the Commission's Principal Architect for Second World War cemeteries in Italy, Sicily and Greece, a position he remained until 1957. He designed all of the cemeteries in these countries, including those at Cassino, Rome, Phaleron and Rimini, incorporating many classical elements into their design. De Soissons' appointment was terminated on 31 December 1957.

He was also a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) (1923) and served as a member of the Royal Fine Arts Commission (1949-1961). He was elected to the membership of the Royal Academy (1953), awarded the RIBA Distinction in Town Planning (1954) and became a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (1956).

Louis de Soissons died in 1962.
SourceCWGC Archive, 'Principal Architects'; CWGC Archive, IWGC Staff Card Index
Catalogue
Unique IDTitle
CWGC/1/2/H/7Louis De Soissons
CWGC/1/2/I/26Site Notes And Tour Reports On Italy; Greece And Austria by Louis De Soissons
ADD 2/4/25Article on Architectural Work of the IWGC 1939-1945 - Journal of The RIBA.
CWGC/7/3/2/3/64Form A - Faenza War Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/56Form A - Bari War Cemetery Italy
CWGC/2/2/1/358COMMISSION MEETING NO.358
CWGC/1/2/I/26/4Report of a visit to Italy for the Imperial War Graves Commission, September 1956, by Louis De Soissons
CWGC/7/3/2/3/54Form A - Arrow Route War Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/55Form A - Assisi Military Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/50Form A - Ancona War Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/52Form A - Arezzo War Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/51Form A - Anzio Military Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/68Form A - Forli War Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/118Form A - Agira Canadian Cemetery Sicily (Italy).
CWGC/1/2/I/26/1Site notes by Louis De Soissons for cemeteries in Italy; 6-10 May 1945
CWGC/7/3/2/3/39Form A - Phaleron War Cemetery Greece
CWGC/7/3/2/3/53Form A - Argenta Gap Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/58Form A - Lake Bolsena British Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/59Form A - Caserta Military Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/61Form A - Castiglione South African Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/62Form A - Cesena War Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/63Form A - Corino Ridge War Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/66Form A - Foiano Della Chiana Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/67Form A - Forli Del Senio Indian Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/69Form A - Genoa Military Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/70Form A - Gradara British Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/71Form A - Meldola British Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/72Form A - Milan War Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/73Form A - Minturno Military Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/74Form A - Montecchino British Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/75Form A - Moro River Canadian War Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/76Form A - Naples Military Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/77Form A - Orviato Military Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/78Form A - Padua War Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/79Form A - Ravenna British Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/80Form A - Rimini Gurkha War Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/81Form A - Rome British Military Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/82Form A - Salerno (Beach Head) Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/83Form A - Sangro River War Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/84Form A - Santerno Velley Military Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/85Form A - Udine War Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/86Form A - Villanova Canadian Cemetery Italy
CWGC/7/3/2/3/119Form A - Catania British Cemetery Sicily (Italy).
CWGC/7/3/2/3/120Form A - Syracuse British Cemetery Sicily (Italy).
CWGC/1/2/I/26/2Report of a visit to Italy and Austria for the Imperial War Graves Commission, May-June 1946, by Louis De Soissons
CWGC/1/2/I/26/3Site Notes And Tour Reports On Italy and Greece by Louis De Soissons; 21st April to 2nd June 1948.
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