|Lt. Col. W.F. O’Connor:|
Saved from Assassination by an Armenian called Martin.
|Missing from this family portrait is eldest son Martyrose Martin.|
John Martin born June 1895, Shiraz, remained a bachelor and died in 1981 in Calcutta.
Lucy Martin born August 1904, Shiraz, married Joseph George in 1931 at the Armenian Church Calcutta, they had 1 son Gerald who was born in 1936 in Calcutta and died in London in 2001.
Haik Martin born September 1906, Shiraz, also remained a bachelor and died in Calcutta in 1980.
The Globe, 24 November 1915
Typical of the type of observation note Jordan Martin would make and pass on to the authorities
Men, One War. Persia 1915.
The Unknown Story
|Here is the official version of the events of the 10th November 1915 as per a Government communication from Persia to London.|
|Extract from Col. O'Connor's book "On The Frontier And Beyond"|
|Mackertich Johannes Catchick|
|Taken in a photographic studio, Jordan Martin re-created the disguise he used whilst hiding in Shiraz|
|Jordan Martin kept detailed notes. These are his expenses from his compensation claim|
|One of several passport applications of Jordan Martin. This one shows evidence of a sister, Myill.|
|The marriage was noted in a local Calcutta newspaper The Statesman|
Sonia John was the only one of her siblings to stay in Calcutta where she and her husband Arathoon ran the Continental Hotel. They equally became an integral part of the Armenian community in the city. Sonia is probably best known for her involvement with the Armenian Church; she held the position of honorary Chairperson for a number of years. She was also the Honorary Manager of the Armenian College and Philanthropic Academy for several years as well, the institute that educated her father Martyrose Martin and her grandfather Jordan Martin. Her brother Jordan spent some time serving in the Royal Air Force, and as is quite normal for Armenians from Calcutta, was passionate about sport, and in particular rugby, a game that Armenians from India have excelled at for over a century.
|One of many social gatherings Sonia and her husband attended in Calcutta|
|Sonia John's FamilytreeDNA Population Finder graphic|
|Sonia John's FamilytreeDNA Ethnic makeup shows her Armenian origins|
|Jordan Martin's familytreeDNA ethnic makeup shows his Armenian origins|