Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell 1st Baron Baden-Powell

Male22 February 1857–8 January 1941

Brief Life History of Robert Stephenson Smyth

When Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell 1st Baron Baden-Powell was born on 22 February 1857, in Paddington, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom, his father, Baden Powell, was 60 and his mother, Henrietta Grace Smyth, was 32. He married Olave St. Clair Soames in 1912, in Poole, Dorset, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He immigrated to Kenya in 1938 and lived in Africa in 1941. He registered for military service in 1876. He died on 8 January 1941, in Nyeri, Central, Kenya, at the age of 83, and was buried in Saint Peter's Cemetery, Nyeri, Central, Kenya.

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Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell 1st Baron Baden-Powell
Olave St. Clair Soames
Marriage: 1912
Arthur Robert Peter Baden-Powell 2nd Baron Baden-Powell
The Hon. Heather Grace Baden-Powell
The Hon. Betty St. Clair Baden-Powell

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  • ROBERT STEPHENSON SMYTH BADEN in household of FITZREY HENRY LOVE, "England and Wales Census, 1911"
  • Robert Stephenson Smyth Powell, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Baden-Powell, "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005"

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  • Marriage
    1912Poole, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
  • Children (3)

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    World Events (8)

    1859 · Big Ben

    Age 2

    Big Ben is the name of the bell that is inside the clock tower. It is one of the most famous landmarks in London. The famous ringing from Big Ben is the result of it cracking four months after opening.


    Age 6

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    1880 · School Attendance Becomes Mandatory for Children

    Age 23

    School attendance became compulsory from ages five to ten on August 2, 1880.

    Name Meaning

    One of the many French names of Germanic origin that were introduced into Britain by the Normans; it has since remained in continuous use. It is derived from the nearly synonymous elements hrōd ‘fame’ + berht ‘bright, famous’, and had a native Old English predecessor of similar form (Hreodbeorht), which was supplanted by the Norman name. Two dukes of Normandy in the 11th century bore the name: the father of William the Conqueror (sometimes identified with the legendary Robert the Devil), and his eldest son. It was borne also by three kings of Scotland, notably Robert the Bruce ( 1274–1329 ), who freed Scotland from English domination. The altered short form Bob is very common, but Hob and Dob, which were common in the Middle Ages and gave rise to surnames, are extinct. See also Rupert .

    Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

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