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Arthur Somers-Cocks, 6th Baron Somers

Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Herbert Tennyson Somers-Cocks, 6th Baron Somers, KCMG, DSO, MC (20 March 1887, Freshwater, Isle of Wight–14 July 1944, Eastnor Castle, Hereford), son of Herbert Haldane Somers-Cocks by Blanche Margaret Standish Clogstoun, was a British administrator and served as the 16th Governor of the State of Victoria, Australia between 1926 and 1931.

He was appointed as Chief Scout of the British Empire in March 1941, on the death of Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout Movement, who had been Chief Scout of the World. He served until his death in 1944. He was succeeded by Lord Rowallan.

Lord Somers married Daisy Finola Meeking in 1921 and had issue, an only daughter:

  • Hon. (Violet) Elizabeth Verena Somers-Cocks (1922-1986), who married Brigadier Benjamin Alexander Frederick Hervey-Bathurst (1920-1997), 2nd son of Sir Frederick Edward William Hervey-Bathurst, 5th Bt.

In 1929, at his own expense, he brought together teenage boys from different backgrounds to what was named Lord Somers' Camp and Power House, a youth organization which continues to this day. Somers revisited Australia and his camp in 1933, and again in 1937 when, as president of the Marylebone Cricket Club, he accompanied the English touring team.

He was also an able cricketer: he made 115 for Charterhouse against Westminster as a schoolboy in 1904, and made his first-class debut two years later for MCC against Worcestershire. He rarely had enough time to play cricket, but in the 1920s he made a further 16 first-class appearances for Worcestershire, his highest score being 52 against Essex in May 1925. Lord Somers became both a vice-president of Worcestershire CCC and, in 1936, President of MCC.

He should not be confused with the Arthur Somers-Cocks who played ten games for Barbados around the turn of the twentieth century.

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