Vera May Schwabe (1896 – 1931)

Vera May Schwabe was born on 28 September 1896, the daughter of Louis Gustave Schwabe and Evelyn May. She married (1) Arthur Edward Frances Wood on 10 July 1923 at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane-street. They were divorced in 1928.


Daily Mail May 26 1928

She then married (2) Captain Richard Granville Somerset on 18 January 1929. Vera committed suicide on 16 July 1931 at 32 Rue Edith Cavell, Brussels, Belgium. Richard was born on 15 August 1894 and he died on 20 May 1930.

NOTES: Her first husband was the superintendent of police in Malda, Bengal, India. She must have gone to India with her husband because as a family tale has her ‘disappearing to the East’. She was supposed to have been a very gifted piano player and composed pieces of music for the piano, some of which are listed below:

Suite in four movements. For the pianoforte. Weekes & Co. (1915)
Two Little Sketches. i. The Cuckoo. ii. Church Chimes. For Pianoforte. Opus Music Co. (1914)
Two Short Pieces. i. Idyll. ii. An Indian Dance. For Pianoforte. Opus Music Co.(1913)
Vera’s divorce from her first husband was reported in The Times on Saturday, May 26, 1928 (see below right). Also found in The London Gazette: Capt. R. G. Somerset, M.C., retires, receiving a gratuity. 17th July 1926. The report of Vera’s death by the Belgian authorities van be viewed here.Richard Granville Somerset Probate

Vear Mays Schwabe Somerset probate


Vera Schwabe Death Report by Belgian Authorities