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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
SourceCWGC Archive, 'Principal Architects'; CWGC Archive, IWGC Staff Card Index
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.
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