Todd, Hadden Royden

Todd was a very popular member of Southgate House, where his uncles, Lord Royden (F1885-90) and E.B. Royden (F1887-92), had been before him, and where two Royden cousins were also in the House. He was the only son of Hadden Todd and Evelyn Mary Todd (née Royden), of Willaston Grange, The Wirral, Cheshire.

He went up to King’s College, Cambridge, in 1928 to read Law; he took Second Class Honours, and (as a Liverpool candidate) won the Timpson Martin Gold Medal, which his father had won forty years earlier. He became a partner in the firm of Laces & Co., Solicitors, Liverpool, and a local director of the Midland Bank. He was Under Sheriff of Cheshire in 1936. A born sportsman, he was Master of the Royal Rock Beagles from 1932, one of the oldest packs in England. On July 20th 1935 he married Louisa May ‘Wendy’ Robins (daughter of G.W. Robins of Caldy, The Wirral); they lived at Aston House, Newport, Shropshire.

He joined the Territorial Army and went to France with 61 Medium Regiment, RA, in 1940, and was at Dunkirk. In 1941 he commanded a battery in 13 Anti-Tank Regiment, and later 130 Battery, 86 (5th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment) Anti-Tank Regiment. He died in a traffic accident at Autheuil in France on September 13th 1944, aged thirty-four, and rests in grave 7 of Autheuil Communal Cemetery.  He left a widow and two children.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Todd
  • Forenames or initials: Hadden Royden
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1924-1928
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: Devonshire Regiment, Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 9th July 1919
  • Date of Death: 13th September 1944
  • How Died: Killed on Active Service
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner E2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Autheuil Communal Cemetery: Grave 7