Baronet’s Badge, in fitted leather case of issue, Churchman of Abbey Oaks, 1917, Sir Arthur Charles Churchman, 1st Baron Lord Woodbridge, Member of Parliament for Woodbridge and Tobacco Magnate.
Engraved in script on the reverse: “Churchman of Abbey Oaks 1917”
Hallmarked silver dated 1929.
One light flake to white enamel below the hand.
On a short cravat length silk ribbon to be worn around the neck, with a full length original silk ribbon with ties for full neck wear.
Lt Colonel Arthur Charles Woodbridge, was the first and final 1st Lord Woodbridge and Baronet of Abbey Oaks.
He was born on 7th September 1867, the son of Henry Churchman, a Tobacco merchant of Paget House in Ipswitch, and Mary Anna Eade, daughter of Charles Eade.
His older brother was Sir William Churchman, 1st Baronet.
Following his education at Ipswich School he went into business with his Brother at the Family Tobacco Firm, originally founded by their great grandfather William Churchman during 1790.
It was then renamed W. A. and A. C. Churchman. At one time they employed over 1000 people. By 1904 the company was combined as Imperial Tobacco and British-American Tobacco when Churchman became the Vice-Chairman of British American Tobacco Company.
He was elected as the Mayor of Ipswich during 1901, his Brother William had just been the Mayor also during 1899 and 1900.
He was also a Lieutenant Colonel in the local Essex and Suffolk Royal Garrison Artillery between 1905 and 1909, also commanded a Territorial Force Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment as a Temporary Lieutenant Colonel during the 1st World War.
In 1917, he was created a Baronet, of Abbey Oak,s in the parish of Sproughton, Suffolk, becoming Sir Arthur Churchman, Baronet.
During 1920 he returned to Parliament for Woodbridge where he remained until 1929.
Following that he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Suffolk in 1930 and also served as High Sheriff for the county in 1931.
By 1932 in the Birthday Honours he was elevated to the peerage to be made 1st Lord Woodbridge.
Serving between 1932 until his death in 1949 as High Steward of Ipswich.
He had married in Ipswich during 1891, to Edith Harvey, they had 3 sons and 2 daughters, however unluckily for the Baronetcy that had been created for him, all his children but one daughter predeceased him.
This mean the Baronetcy then became extinct. His older Brother William, had also been created as a Baronet, of Melton in County Suffolk during 1938, but when he died in 1947 it also ended with him.
He died at The Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa, on 2nd February 1949 at the age of 81.
His net real estate was valued at over £1.3 million.