Here are the most notable details of Ralph Oakden's life:Sir-Ralph-Oakden-Portrait-adj-WEB

1871: Born in Helensburgh, Scotland, eldest of six (three sisters and three brothers) (13th July), the son of Rev. Roger Oakden, Rector of Bramshall, Staffordshire & Elizabeth (ne Knapp) Oakden

1870s-90s: Educated at Cranbrook School and Hertford College, Oxford.

1892: Second Class Honours degree in Classics Moderations, Oxford

1894: Third Class Honours degree for Classics, Oxford

1894: Entered the I.C.S. (Indian Civil Service)

1895: Went to United Provinces, India

1899: Married Rosa Mary Eagles of Hollington, St Leonards on Sea, Sussex, daughter of Philip A. Eagles of Meophams Bank, St Leonards on Sea

1900: Ella Marian (Known as Elaine) born in Meerut (2nd June)

1902: Dorothy May born in Mirzapur (18th Oct)

1905: Gladys Rosa born in Ballia (7th Mar)

1904-08: In charge of District of Gorakhpur, Ballia

1910-13: In charge of District of Dehra Dun

1913-15: In charge of Shahjahanpur

1915: Father, Roger Oakden died

1915-20: In charge of Aligarh

1918: Mother, Elizabeth Oakden died

1919: Awarded OBE

1920-31: Commissioner successively of Lucknow, Jhansi, Fyzabad and Meerut.

1924: Daughter Dorothy May married Rev. Ernest William Herbert in Meerut, Bengal, India (10th Dec)

1925: First granddaughter born in Leeds, UK, Margaret Joyce Herbert (26th Sep)

1925: Awarded C.S.I.

NB. The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India is an order of chivalry founded by Queen Victoria in 1861. The Order includes members of three classes (regardless of gender):. Knight Grand Commander (GCSI); Knight Commander (KCSI); Companion (CSI)

1926: Daughter Ella Marion (Elaine) married Captain Cyril George Hooke in Meerut, Bengal, India. (23rd Feb)

1926: First grandson born in Allahabad, George Ralph Hooke (9th Nov)

1928-30: Senior Member Board of Revenue, Lucknow

1928: Second grandaughter born in Landrake, UK, Dorothy Anne Herbert (23rd Nov)

1929: Second grandson born in Barnes, London, UK, John Oakden Hooke (17th Sep)

1930: Daughter Gladys Rosa married Thomas Schonberg Paterson in Lucknow, Bengal, India (22nd Feb)

1931: Knighthood

1931: Retired and established a new home: Stowford House in Guildford (right in 2019)frontage 3WEB

1931: Third granddaughter born in Nainital, then United Provinces of British India, now Utarakhand, Catherine Elizabeth Paterson (9th June)

1931: Third grandson born in Bradford, UK, Ralph Oakden Herbert (2nd Dec)

1934: Appointed Financial Commissioner, Cyprus

1934: Report on finances.  etc. of Cyprus published

         Address: Stowford House, Pit Farm Road, Guildford, Surrey. Tel: 2534

1948: Wife, Lady Rosa Mary died, Guildford, Surrey (12th March)

1953: Died, Guildford, Surrey (17th February)


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