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.

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Misak Ohanian (CEO) & CAIA Board of Directors.           20 June 2020