Haron Baronian’s story was uncovered by Maria Graham who came across his statue when she was working on her MA in Art History. Haron’s statue is one of a very few full
Maria Graham: The Baronian Memorial
You might have seen this memorial on the website, and wondered about its relevance to the ‘UK Armenians and WW1’ project.
The memorial is to a young soldier, Haron Baronian. He was a Private in the British Army who was killed in Mesopotamia on 11th April 1917, a month after his 21st birthday. His parents were Armenians. His father, Zareh moved from Turkey to England at the end of the nineteenth century and worked in the cotton trade in Manchester. He married, became a
During the 1920s, the family fell on hard times. Their large house was sold in the 1930s and the memorial was moved to the grounds of a local country house, Booths Hall. This was meant to be a temporary measure, but the memorial stayed there for over 40 years until it was donated to the Cheshire Health Authority in 1977 by Haron’s sister, Dolly. It was relocated to the grounds of the War Memorial Hospital and, over the years, the identity of the young soldier on the memorial was largely forgotten.
As part of the HLF project, the story of Haron Baronian, his family, and the memorial will be recorded as an important legacy of the Armenians in the UK and their involvement in WW1.