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28 February 2014
One man's extraordinary story of loyalty and the incredibly long, painful and arduous claim for compensation. Written in 1922 in his own hand with Armenian dignity yet immeasurable desperation.
Jordan Martin, born in Shiraz, Persia in 1870 found circumstances dictated that he ended his days in Calcutta, India in the 1950s. Loyal and courageous in his unwaivering support of the British in Persia, he could not hide his disappointment and anxiety when he sought help but none came.
Running for his life in Persia he recounts: "I covered myself in red dye and grew a beard, donning native clothing I managed to escape from Shiraz to Bushire where I continued to try and assist the British, not knowing what had become of my family and worse still with an execution order on my head...". Read his story, written in his own words……
ussex. They did not have any children of their own but John Apcar treated Charles as his own son. No records can be found for Edward de Pinto and as he came from a long illustrious family in Portugal I would imagine that he ended up there. He either died before 1899 or finalised the divorce before 1899 because Ida would not have been free to marry John Apcar otherwise.
27 February 2014
|Part of George's will.|
rt in Calcutta. He died in January 1871. In this will there contained some really useful information: “ I will and direct that my body be interred in the yard of the Calcutta Armenian Church next to or as near as may be to the graves of my dear wives Hosanna and Annie, and that the expense of my funeral and other customary charges concerning my burial, including the price of an ordinary size marble slab, obituary inscription and fixing the same in masonry be not more than 600 rupees.”
|The uncategorised grave |
I was able to identify as belonging to
Ireland and Indian Armenians - Alexander Francis Preston is said to have been the inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle's famous Sherlock Holmes, Preston's Armenian Wife Saw It All.
Francis Preston was the inspiration of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock
See Daily Mail article in the main narrative.
|The family tree showing the |
children and grandchildren of
Alexander Francis Preston and