Although born in Canada, Frank Ormond Soden emigrated to England in 1904. Lieutenant Soden served with the 8th South Staffordshire Regiment and received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 3502 on a Grahame-White biplane at Grahame-White School, Hendon on 9 September 1916. After he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, he scored 27 victories flying Nieuport scouts and the S.E.5a. He remained in the Royal Air Force when the war ended. He received a bar to his Distinguished Flying Cross for service in Kurdistan in 1922, was promoted to Group Captain on 1 April 1939, and was commanding officer of RAF Biggin Hill from December 1940 to June 1941. When World War II ended, he went to Kenya.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviatorsí Certificates, 1910-1950
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Capt. Frank Ormond Soden. (FRANCE)
A bold and skilful officer who has accounted for three enemy aeroplanes and two balloons during recent operations.