Levon Akaghaian

Levon Akaghaian was born in 1899 in Fallowfield, Manchester. He was one of three children in the family of Ohannes and Antaram Akaghaian.  Ohannes was born in the Ottoman Empire (naturalisation certificate specifies the place of birth as Ismidtz, Turkey, however, he was a Persian subject).  There is a heavily misspelt record of the family in the 1901 census, with their surname spelled as Akaghaion, and father’s name as Tharnes. It shows that 2-year old Levon was living with his parents, younger sister and 2 relatives from Bulgaria. According to the 1911 census, Levon (spelled as Leoon) was living with his parents and 2 sisters in Stockport.

Levon’s father owned a small shipping business on Bootle Street, off Deansgate in Manchester, trading with the Levant.

Levon took part in WW1, serving in the Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex) Regiment and Durham Light Infantry, regiment number G/44818 and was awarded a WW1 Service Medal.

In 1921 he married Margaret M Barnes and in 1965 he was married again to Vera Darlington in Hampstead.

Coronavirus Notice

Our charity is working hard to respond to the changing situation around Coronavirus (COVID-19) related issues. We do our best to continue to provide our services for our members and the Armenian community at large, so we ask for your patience during this challenging time.

Our volunteers and staff are working hard to continue supporting you in the best way that we can, whilst also staying on top of reducing risk of spreading infection and supporting our colleague who may be more at risk.

However, due to the current situation and in the best interest of all of us, we had to make some changes to our normal services. Starting from the week beginning on the 16 March 2020, all our services except the advice work are suspended until further notice.  This means the Parents & Toddlers Group, the English classes, Library, the elders lunch club and the youth club are all suspended until further notice.

We ask that anyone experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or having to self-isolate due to being exposed to someone with coronavirus, does not attend our face-to-face services and call NHS 111 for advice. You may contact us on 020 89924621 or use our website (www.caia.org.uk) to leave an enquiry or email us on info@caia.org.uk to continue receiving our support.

If you are attending our face-to-face services at our centre, please wash your hands both on arrival and on leaving with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Please avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

The main symptoms of Coronavirus are high fever, dry cough and shortness of breath but for full details you may search for “Coronavirus” on the following Government and NHS websites.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you.

Misak Ohanian (CEO) & CAIA Board of Directors.  – 14/3/2020