A little more success this time. Please note that there slight
variations of the spellings of the names throughout (in case you
thought I had been at the red wine over lunch).
Anny Sophia Salomonsky married a Curt Oscar Uhlig at Marylebone in 1898.
See GRO marriage certificate 1898, Jan - March, reference 1A 818
In Jan - March, 1899, Anne Valesca Uhlig?s birth was registered in Marylebone
GRO: Marylebone 1a 618
In the Times, of December 07, 1915, it was reported that Curt Oskar
Uhlig, an interned German, filed for an undefended divorce from Amy
Sophia Uhlig on grounds of adultery. Co-respondent was one Duke de
The report confirms the marriage of 24 February, 1898, at St
Marylebone Parish Church. There were two children of the marriage.
Petitioner born in Saxony and came to UK 1891. Respondent was Dutch.
In 1913 they split because of her conduct with a man. Her father came
from Holland at this time to try and calm the waters. In 1914 she was
followed from her home in Chistlehurst to the Duke?s address, etc,
See article for further information
The Times, reported on July 28, 1916 the marriage of her and the Duke.
Chateau-Thierry: Uhlig - On the 27th H.S.H the Duke of Chateau-Thierry
of 40 Buckingham Gate SW to Anna Sonia Uhlig (nee Salamonska), of
GRO reference: De Rais Bouillon and Uhlig Anna S.
St. Geo. H. Sq. 1a 1038
Next is two Times reports of a failed deportation attempt on the Duke.
See the articles for the full information. His wife is not mentioned.
The Times January 12, 1917
Deportation order against a French Duke quashed.
Because of a recruitment requirement in France, Britain would assist
to deport those avoiding military service in France. Deportation order
made against the subject.
Leon Amand De Rouis Bouillon otherwise Derais, the Duke of Chateu-Thierry.
He argued that he was a refugee and medically unfit. Full affidavit on
his antecedents. He succeeded to the title in 1905 and assumed
additional surname of Bouillon. Came to England in 1907. Had Royalist
sympathies in France.
Deportation denied. Also mentioned in the Appeal Court. See Times, March 17, 1917.
The Duchess receives several mentions in the Society pages between 1920 and 1922.
In the Times, April 21, 1923, the engagement was announced between
Somerled Hamilton Watson
Welsh Guards and Anne Valeska, only daughter of the Duchess of
Château-Thierry, of 32 Lower-Belgrave Street, SW1.
The wedding, however, does appear to have taken place as I found later
reference to him with another wife, and jumping forward, Anne Valeska
died in 1973 with the obituary in her maiden name.
The Times, November 13, 1973
Uhlig - 11 November 1971 Royal Marsden Hospital. Miss Anne Valeska of
You may be able to get a photograph of Anne Valeska from the Temple
It is amongst formal portraits produced by Bassano, Ltd, a society
photographer in London.
See this Google cache page for more details, and the catalogue reference below.
?Uhlig, Miss A. Valeska
Photographs, ca. 1920-1939 (PC-59)
Formal portraits produced by Bassano, Ltd, a society photographer in
London, England, and provided to the Public Ledger newspaper in
Philadelphia. Includes members of European nobility, English
government officials, sports celebrities, theatrical performers, and
prominent citizens including Americans visiting England.?
The disappearance from the society pages is interesting, and even the
failed marriage. Perhaps this has something to do with it.
On 20 January, 1924, the Duke was adjudged bankrupt. Source: London Gazette
"DE RAIS-BOUILLON, Leon Amand Joseph, DUKE. of CHATEAU-THIERRY, described in the
Receiving Order as H.S.H. The Duke of Chateau-Thierry, lately residing
at 32, Lower Belgrave-street, in the county of London, but now of 7,
Lancaster-place, Strand, W.C. 2,
Courl^HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE.
No. of Matter?1,710 of 1924.
Date of Order?Jan. 20, 1925.
Date of Filing Petition-^Dec. 16, 1924."
Then of all things, he appears to have become an actor (see obituary for source).
See the Internet Movie Database for two of his films from 1925 and 1926.
On July 27, 1934 a review was made of ?That certain something?, at the
Aldwych Theatre. He appeared under the stage name of ?Norman le
Strange? He was the head waiter (well down the list of actors). This
?farcical comedy? was slated by the Times Critic.
His obituary appears in the Times, June 06, 1936.
Chateau-Thierry 5 June 1936
20 Greville Place, Leon Amand Joseph de Rais-Bouillon, 11th Duke of
Chateau-Thierry, known on the screen as Norman le Strange, beloved
husband of Anna Sonia de Chateau-Thierry.
I assume you have seen these files from the National archives
regarding the Duchess? activities during the war.
Piece details: KV 2/357
Covering dates 1917 Jan 16-1941 Aug 09
Scope and content
Anna Sonia CHATEAU-THIERRY, alias UHLIG, De RAIS-BOUILLON: Dutch,
French and German. Before the Second World War CHATEAU-THIERRY was in
correspondence with a German Intelligence chief in Hamburg and
received sums of money from him. On these grounds, together with a
belief on MI5's part that she had made a less than full disclosure of
her dealings with the Germans, she was interned during the war. After
the war it was discovered that she had, in effect, volunteered her
services to German Intelligence
Access conditions Open on Transfer
Closure status Open Document, Open Description
Held by The National Archives, Kew
Piece details: KV 2/358
The trail then goes cold. I am unable to identify here date of death.
It would take some considerable time to go through all the quarterly
volumes. Especially as I?m not sure which name it would registered
under. What are your views?