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Captain Augustus (Stephen) Agelasto, MC [1, 2, 3]

Male 1888 - 1916  (28 years)


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  • Name Captain Augustus (Stephen) Agelasto, MC  
    Title Captain  
    Suffix MC  
    Nickname August 
    Born 17 Jan 1888  London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • His birth announcement appeared in The Times (London), 31 Jan 1888, p 1.
    Christened 03 Mar 1888  St Sophia, Moscow Road, Bayswater, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • God-parents: Mrs. Dimitris Ralli. [4]
    Gender Male 
    Died 08 Nov 1916  Somme, Picardy, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Until their own deaths, his parents placed a personal notice of memorium in The Times (London) on the anniversary of August's death: "In dear and ever-loving memory of Lieut. August Agelasto, MC, Dorsetshire Regiment, killed in action on the Somme 8th Nov., 1916."
    • His death was reported on page one of The Times (London) on 16 Nov 1916. A 1300-word obituary appeared on page 13 of the same issue. Death notice included under 'Killed in Action' (Manchester Guardian, 17 Nov 1916, p 10).
    Buried Les Boeufs (Guards) Cemetery, Somme, Picardy, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • A plague inside St. Sophia Church, Bayswater, London, on the right side acknowledges his death in combat.
    • Residence: 1916, 185 Gloucester Terrace, Hyde Park, London, England.
    • Education: 1901-, Harrow School, England.
    • Lieutenant in the lst and 6th Battalion The Dorsetshire Regt. (Mentioned in Dispatches). He had previously been a distinguished soldier in the Greek forces in the Balkan wars in 1912. [5]
    • He was wounded in 1915 (The Times 4 Jun 1915) and consequently was awarded MC (Military Cross), in King’s Honours List, 1 Jan 1916, reported in London Gazette #29438, 14 Jan 1916 and in The Times on the same date. Promoted from 2nd Lt. to Lt., 20 Oct 1916, less than three weeks before he died.
    • Mentioned in the diaries of Ernest Howard Shepherd, B Coy 1st Bn Dorset Regt (Winnie the Pooh illustrator):

      29 May 1915 - "One funny thing have just remembered. One of our officers, Lt Agelasto, was stripped in his dug-out when the Huns gassed. He had been out all night and fell in a Johnson hole, getting wet thro'. When we ran up he just put his gun, boots, coat and waterproof coat on, and he looked a real sketch, we had to laugh even at that critical time and later we fixed him up with a pair of trousers."

      16 January 1916 - "Also to my great delight my Company Commander Captain Algeo has been awarded the Military Cross, also Lt Agelasto who used to command the Company back in May 1915. He is now gone to Serbia. Lt Agelasto I have mentioned before. He rushed up towards Hill naked on May 5th except for waterproof coat and gumboots."
    • Ordered bankrupt 21 Oct 1914, brought about by an "unjustifiable extravagence in living." London Gazette #28977, 17 Nov 1914. The order was to be discharged 21 Oct 1916, about a month before his death. His bankruptcy petition (copy that allows zoom). [6]
    • An Agelasto played football for Kersal A against: Manchester University (Manchester Guardian, 13 Dec 1905, p 11), Heaton Moor A (Manchester Guardian, 5 Jan 1906, p 3), and Bolton 1st (Manchester Guardian, 8 Nov 1905, p 3). The newspaper gives his initial(s) as A.N., A. and J., respectively. All are probably typos, and the athlete is either Emmanuel John Agelasto after he finished Charterhouse or Augustus Stephen after Harrow School.
    • 1891 England Census: 71 Gloucester Terrace, London, household headed by Stephen A. Agelasto, 39, bank manager, b. Greece, naturalized British subject; wife Caterina, 31; son Augustus, 3; daughter Lucia, 5; Juliet, 8 mo.; all b. London; brother John, 37, unmarried, civil engineer, b. Liverpool; & 5 servants.
    • The 1901 England Census shows for the household living at 185 Gloucester Terrace, Paddington, London: Stephen A Agelasto, 46, head, stock & share broker, born Greece, naturalized British subject; wife Caterina, 39; children Lucie, 15; Augustus, 13; Juliet, 10, all born London; his mother-in-law Julia A Ralli, 73, widow, born Marseille, France; and a nephew, Constantine Scarafoglu, 18, commercial clerk, born Constantinople; and seven domestic servants.
    • The 1901 England census counts him twice. Augustus S. Agelasto, 13, b. London, is a boarder at the Hazelwood School, [Oxted] Surrey.
    • 1911 England census for the household at 185 Gloucester Terrace, Bayswater, Hyde Park, London W, headed by Stephen Augustus Agelasto, 57, b. Syra, naturalized Brit, married 26 years, 3 children born alive, 3 still living; stock broker; wife Caterina, 49; son August S, 23, bank clerk; daughter Juliet, 20, all b. London; mother-in-law Julia A Ralli, 83, widow, b. Marseille; 7 servants.
    • "The Roll of Honour" A. Agelasto, Dorsetshire Regiment, listed as wounded (The Times of India, 8 Jun 1915).
    • Harrow School: S.A. [likely a typo, should be A.S.] Agelasto sang choral (Mendelssohn's 'Hearts feel that love Thee,') The Harrovian 5 Apr 1903. A. Agelasto played for Mr. Owen's against Mr. Howson's [11-man squads], and scored the sole point for his side against Mr. Graham's, The Harrovian 5 Apr 1903. A.S. Agelasto ran the half-mile for Mr. Owen's The Harrovian 7 June 1902. [7]
    • AS Agelasto is mentioned in Dale Vargas, The Timeline History of Harrow School: 1572 to the Present [Supplement: Index], UK: 2010, Worth Press, p. 78.
    Person ID I201  Agelasto
    Last Modified 24 Nov 2015 

    Father Stephen (Augustus) Agelasto,   b. 03 Sep 1852, Syros, Cyclades Islands, Greece Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1948, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years) 
    Mother Aikaterini (Ambrosios) Ralli,   b. 03 Mar 1861, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1948, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 12 Jan 1885  Greek Church, rue Maurice Korsec 13, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Marriage announcement appeared in The Times (London), 13 Jan 1885, p 1.
    • A certificate is not indexed in the Marseille registry for this event.
    Family ID F73  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Jan 1888 - London, England UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 03 Mar 1888 - St Sophia, Moscow Road, Bayswater, London, England UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 08 Nov 1916 - Somme, Picardy, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Les Boeufs (Guards) Cemetery, Somme, Picardy, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    August (Stephen) Agelasto
    August (Stephen) Agelasto
    August Agelasto Memorial Plaque in Saint Sophia, London
    August Agelasto Memorial Plaque in Saint Sophia, London
    71 Gloucester Terrace, London, England
    71 Gloucester Terrace, London, England
    After his father's death Stephen Augustus Agelasto married and lived at this address, 1886-1891. Apparently he was joined by his younger brother John, until he himself got married a few years later; photo 2009; it was being renovated in July 2008.
    Gloucester Terrace, Hyde Park, London, England,
    Gloucester Terrace, Hyde Park, London, England,
    photo 2009; the 180 block (odd numbers) have given way to a housing block. Augustus S and Catherine Agelasto lived at 185 Gloucester Terrace, Bayswater, with their extended family in 1901.
    WW I medallion - August Agelasto
    WW I medallion - August Agelasto
    photo courtesy Daphne Casdagli

    Documents
    Augustus bankruptcy petition with corrections
    Augustus bankruptcy petition with corrections
    His bankruptcy petition or (copy that allows zoom).
    August S Agelasto death notice
    August S Agelasto death notice
    The Times [London], 16 Nov 1916
    Augustus (Stephen) Agelasto  baptism - St Sophia collection
    Augustus (Stephen) Agelasto baptism - St Sophia collection
    August Agelasto's enlistment papers, British Army, August 1914 (p1)
    August Agelasto's enlistment papers, British Army, August 1914 (p1)
    August Agelasto's enlistment papers, British Army, August 1914 (p2)
    August Agelasto's enlistment papers, British Army, August 1914 (p2)
    August Agelasto's enlistment papers, British Army, August 1914 (p3)
    August Agelasto's enlistment papers, British Army, August 1914 (p3)
    August Agelasto's enlistment papers, British Army, August 1914 (p4)
    August Agelasto's enlistment papers, British Army, August 1914 (p4)
    British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
    British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
    Dorset Ret - August Agelasto
    Philip L. Chryssoveloni, <i>Chios through the Ages</i>
    Philip L. Chryssoveloni, Chios through the Ages
    August Stephen Agelasto mentioned on page 39
    Augustus Agelasto 1949 Probate
    Augustus Agelasto 1949 Probate

    Headstones
    August (Stephen) Agelasto grave
    August (Stephen) Agelasto grave
    Information on Find A Grave website
    Stephen A Agelasto tomb - left flank, West Norwood Cemetery, London
    Stephen A Agelasto tomb - left flank, West Norwood Cemetery, London
    West Norwood Cemetery
    West Norwood Cemetery
    face 1: Juliet (Stephen) Agelasto (1890-1926), Caterina Ralli Agelasto (1861-1948), Stephen Augustus Agelasto (1853-1948); Lucy Agelasto Casdagli (1885-1957); face 2: Julia Schilizzi Ralli (1827-1913), Augustus Stephen Agelasto (1888-1916), Harriette (Ambrosios) Ralli (1849-1921); photo by Michael Agelasto

  • Sources 
    1. [S119] Argenti 1955, Philip P. Argenti, (London Oxford University Press).
      Included in Philip Argenti's Agelasto family tree, number 201.

    2. [S67] Χίος και Χίοι διά μέσου των αιώνων, Χρυσοβελόνης, Φίλιππος Λ [Philip L. Chryssoveloni], (digital document, originally published Athens,1937), 39.

    3. [S107] UK National Probate Calendar Indexes, 1858-1966.

    4. [S86] The Greek Gazette, Kyriakos Metaxas, editor, (London, England), 7, Dec 1976.
      Records of Baptisms from the Church of St. Sophia, Moscow Road, Bayswater

    5. [S94] UK National Archives.
      WO 372/1; WO 339/25564; WO 372/24

    6. [S94] UK National Archives.
      BT 226/4197; PL 31/35

    7. [S113] The Harrovian, Harrow School.


  

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