Donald Oliver Soper (1903–1998), Methodist minister, was born on 31 January 1903 at 36 Knoll Road, Wandsworth. The first son and first child of the three children of Ernest Frankham Soper (1871–1962), an average adjuster in marine insurance, the son of a tailor, and his wife, Caroline Amelia, née Pilcher (b. 1877), a headmistress and daughter of a builder.
On 30 July 1929 Soper was ordained at Plymouth and on 3 August that year he married Marie Dean (1908–1994) at The Wesleyan Church, Broadway, Streatham.
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