Carl Aarvold

Carl Aarvold

Sir Carl Aarvold
Full name Carl Douglas Aarvold
Date of birth (1907-06-07)7 June 1907
Place of birth Hartlepool, England
Date of death 17 March 1991(1991-03-17) (aged 83)
Place of death Westhumble, Surrey, England
School Durham School
University Emmanuel College, Cambridge
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Centre
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Cambridge University R.U.F.C.
Headingley Rugby Union Club
Blackheath F.C.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
British Isles

Sir Carl Douglas Aarvold, OBE, TD (7 June 1907 – 17 March 1991), was an English barrister who became Recorder of London. Among other cases, he presided at the 1965 trial of the Kray twins. In his earlier days, he was also an England rugby union international player[2]

Born in Hartlepool, he was educated at Durham School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge[3] and from 1928 until 1933 played rugby 16 times for his country, captaining the side six times.[4] He was called to the bar in 1932.[5] Two years later he married Noeline Hill at St George's, Hanover Square, and the marriage yielded three sons.[6]

His professional career was interrupted by World War II during which he served in the Royal Artillery and reached the temporary rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1945 for his war service and also received the Territorial Decoration[3]

Embarking on a legal career, he was by 1951 the Recorder of Pontefract[7] and then Judge of the Lord Mayor's and City of London Court[8] (later Common Serjeant[9]). By now Master of the Inner Temple he was promoted to be Senior Judge at The Old Bailey in 1964 and knighted in 1968. A long-serving president of the Lawn Tennis Association, he died on 17 March 1991; his wife died in 2005.

In 1966, he received the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria[10]