From the Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish
Friday 19th April 1940 - DEATH OF SIR OSMOND D'AVIGDOR GOLDSMID - A GRANDSON OF ONE OF NAPOLEON THE THIRD'S DUKES
It is with great regret that we record the death of Sir Osmond d'Avigdor Goldsmid, of Somerhlll, Tonbridge, which occurred at his residence in London on Sunday at the age of 63.
Sir Osmond had been prominently associated with public work in the county and Capel for many years and was greatly revered by all who knew him.
The grandson of Count Henri d'Avigdor, one of Napoleon III's dukes, Sir Osmond added the name and arms of Goldsmld to his own on the death of his cousin, the Right Hon. Sir Julian Goldsmid whose estates he inherited.
Educated at Harrow and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, he devoted himself to a life of public service at Somerhill and in London. He was Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Kent and in 1912 fulfilled the office of High Sheriff. Sir Osmond was closely connected with Capel where he took an active part in the various institutions formed in the parish.
He frequently presided at the meetings of the Capel Parish Council of which he had been chairman since 1902. He was also Chairman of the Board of School Managers and it was the Goldsmid family who provided Tudeley and the parish with the hall which bears their name.
One of his greatest interests was the Tonbridge Cottage Hospital, of which he had been President for many years. It was largely through his efforts that the present hospital became one of the finest cottage hospitals in the South of England.