Krikor Hagopian

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Krikor Hrand Hagopian (sometimes misspelled as Krickor Brand in official documents) was born in Fulham, London, England, in about 1887 in the family of Garapet and Elizabeth Sarah Hagopian. According to 1891 census, he was the youngest of 8 children of the couple – 4 boys and 4 girls. However, according to 1911 census, he was single and living with his parents, brother Nerses Arshag and sister Varduhi. His father was professor and translator of foreign languages, and his brother was also teaching languages, Hindu and Persian. Sister Varduhi was a music teacher and Krikor himself is listed as a student of science. He studied at the University of London.

Garabet was born in Ottoman Empire and was still an Ottoman subject in 1911, and his wife Elizabeth Sarah, born in Cork, Ireland, was a British subject ‘by parentage’. All their three children are listed as ‘British born’, which would give a right to Krikor to enlist in the army.

He enlisted in 1916, specifying his profession as a teacher of Chemistry. Krikor served as a Pioneer in a Royal Engineers corps, which maintained the railways, roads, communications etc. (Regimental Number 224948) and was awarded, British War Medal and Victory Medal. It’s not clear when he returned from the army, but he’s registered as living in Fulham in 1918.

In 1925 his mother passed away and his father died the next year. Krikor married to Elfrida V D Starkey in 1925 in Doncaster, where he was living then and they had their daughter Mary in 1927. His date and year of death are unknown.