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Ambrosios Constantine (Alexander) Ionides[1]

Male 1878 - 1915  (37 years)


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  • Name Ambrosios Constantine (Alexander) Ionides 
    Nickname Ambrose 
    Born 09 Apr 1878  London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 09 Jun 1878  Church of Our Saviour, London Wall, City of London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Penelope Sechiari (represented by Euterpe A. C. Ionides). [2]
    Gender Male 
    Died 16 Oct 1915  Flanders, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Lieutenant in the King's Royal Rifle Corps, killed in action.
    • He appears on the Eton School - Rolls of Honour for the Men of the Kings Royal Rifle Corp killed in the Great War.
    • Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 51 and 53.
    • He was killed on 16 0ctober, whilst out with a wiring party in front of the trenches. The mist, under cover of which they had been working, suddenly lifted. Lieutenant Ionides ordered his men to lie down, but remained standing himself till all his men had got the order. In so doing he himself was seen by the Germans.

      His colonel wrote: “Although he had only been with us for a few months he was extremely popular, and had proved himself an excellent soldier. We all liked him and are proud to have had him as a brother officer."

      The sergeant of his platoon wrote: “He was loved by his men for his kindness, his bravery and his many soldierly qualities. He set us a good example of coolness under fire, and his platoon was willing and ready to follow him anywhere."

    • His estate valued at £7267 18s. 6d. was administered by London County and Westminster Bank. [3]
    Buried Greek Orthodox Cemetery, West Norwood, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • His remains are presumably in Commonwealth War Grave, Menin Gate, Ypres, France; the grave reads: 'in memory of...'
    Notes 
    • Education: Eton until 1895.
    • Residence: 1901, Holland Park, Kensington, London.
    • Occupation: stock-broker, soldier. Lieutenant, 15th Battalion attached 9th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps.
    • Member, London Stock Exchange; he is memorialized on their website.
    • The 1881 England census: 1 Holland Park, Kensington, London, household headed by Alexander C. Ionides, 70, retired merchant and late cousul general of Greece, naturalized British subject; wife Euterpe, 64, both b. Constantinople; grandsons Andrew A., 4; Ambrose A, 2 3/4; George A. 1 3/4; granddaughter Aglaia, 6 months, all b. London; & 6 servants; and adjacent at 1a Holland Park, household headed by Theodore John Coronios, 54, merchant, b. Constantinople, British subject; wife Aglaia [daughter of Alexander and Euterpe], 45, b. London, Finsbury Circus; daughter Calliope, 24; son John, 23, both b. Tulse Hill, London; & 3 servants.
    • The 1901 England census: 1 Holland Park, Kensington, London, household headed by Isabel Ionides, 47, widow, b. Marseille, British subject; sons Andre A, 24, commercial clerk; Ambrose C, 22, commercial broker; George A, 21, clerk; daughter Aglaia, 20, living on own means, all b. Kensington, London; visitor & 4 servants; and adjacent at 1a Holland Park, household headed by Theodore John Coronios, 72, retired living on own means, b. Syros, British subject; wife Aglaia [daughter of Alexander and Euterpe Ionides], 64; daughter Calliope Sechiari, 44, both b. London; son-in-law Paraskeva Sechiari, 48, banker (Rodocanachi), b. Marseille, naturalized British subject; granddaughter Isabel M., 9, b. London & 4 servants.
    • He administered his mother estate.
    • 1911 England census for The Homewood, Spa Bottom Fairmile, Esher, Surrey, household headed by Isabel Ionides, 57, b. France, widow, 5 children, all living, British subject by parentage; sons Andre A, 34, foreign banker; Ambrose C, 33, stock exchange own account; daughter Aglaia, 30, all b. Kensington, London, single; Antonina Frangopulo, 44, b. Paddington, London, visitor, married 15 years, 1 child, living; 4 servants.
    Person ID I215  Negroponte-Agelasto
    Last Modified 9 Jul 2012 

    Father Alexander (Alexander) Ionides,   b. 14 Jan 1840, Tulse Hill, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1898, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Mother Zambelou (Ambrose) Sechiari,   b. 21 Apr 1853, boulevard Dugommier 5, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1913, The Homewood, Esher, Surrey, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married Autumn 1875  Chapel of Our Saviour, Finsbury Circus, City of London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • possibly 14 Aug or 14 Sep (Sturdza)
    • Witnesses/Sponsors: Theodore P. Ralli & Aglaia Coronio; Hieronymous Myriantheus presiding; entry 95. [4]
    Family ID F78  Group Sheet

    Family Euphrosyne (Dimitrios) Spartali,   b. 03 Mar 1880, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1935, Eastbourne, East Sussex, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 29 Jul 1911  St Sophia, Moscow Road, Bayswater, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The wedding was covered in The Times (London) 1 Aug 1911.
    • Witnesses/Sponsors: A. Ionides, A.A. Ralli, E.B. Ellice Clark; The rites were performed by the Reverend Archimandrite Pagonis; entry 287 [5]
    Children 
    +1. Dionysos Alexander (Ambrosios) Ionides,   b. 23 May 1912, 2 Palace Court, Bayswater, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1978, Horham Eye, Suffolk, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     2. Irene (Ambrosios) Ionides,   b. 06 Sep 1914, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1986  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 14 Dec 2010 
    Family ID F79  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 09 Apr 1878 - London, England UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 09 Jun 1878 - Church of Our Saviour, London Wall, City of London, England UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Jul 1911 - St Sophia, Moscow Road, Bayswater, London, England UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Oct 1915 - Flanders, Belgium Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Greek Orthodox Cemetery, West Norwood, London, England UK Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Ambrose C Ionides
    Ambrose C Ionides
    Ambrose Constantine Ionides [photo courtesy of the <a href='http://www.roll-of-honour.com/London/StockExchange.html'> London Stock Exchange War Memorial</a>]
    Ambrose Constantine Ionides [photo courtesy of the London Stock Exchange War Memorial]
    1 Holland Park, Kensington, London
    1 Holland Park, Kensington, London
    photo 2009; the site is now occupied by the Greek Embassy; earlier structures were destroyed by fire. Previously a nursing home, owned by the local Council, sat here. From about 1880 - 1905 the Alexander C. Ionides family lived here.
    1 Holland Park, Kensington, London
    1 Holland Park, Kensington, London
    The Embassy of Greece
    Stanhope Terrace, London, England
    Stanhope Terrace, London, England
    photo 2009; no low street numbering. Ambrose A Ionides gave his wife's address as 6 Stanhope Terrace, Hyde Park, W2, on his medal card, and this is likely where his family was living when he was killed in battle.

    Documents
    Ambrose Constantine Ionides - Kings Royal Rifle Corps
    Ambrose Constantine Ionides - Kings Royal Rifle Corps
    British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
    De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-1924
    De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-1924
    p 178
    Ambrose Constantine Ionides 1916 Probate
    Ambrose Constantine Ionides 1916 Probate

    Headstones
    West Norwood Cemetery
    West Norwood Cemetery
    face 1: Alexander A Ionides (1840-1898) and wife Isabella (1853-1913); face 2: Ambrose C Ionides (1878-1915); photo by Parker Agelasto
    Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West Flanders, Belgium
    Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West Flanders, Belgium
    cemetery website

  • Sources 
    1. [S9] Stock Exchange War Memorial, Martin Edwards, (Stock Exchange War Memorial website), 2008.

    2. [S68] The Greek Gazette, Kyriakos Metaxas, editor, (London, England), 12, Nov 1975.
      Records of Baptisms from the Church of Our Saviour, 82-84 London Wall, City of London

    3. [S82] UK National Probate Calendar Indexes, 1858-1966, 1973-1995.

    4. [S68] The Greek Gazette, Kyriakos Metaxas, editor, (London, England), 12.
      Records of Marriages from the Church of Our Saviour [London]
      Mar 1977

    5. [S68] The Greek Gazette, Kyriakos Metaxas, editor, (London, England), 12, Sep 1983.
      Marriages Celebrated at the Holy Wisdom (Saint Sophia) in Moscow Road, Bayswater [London]


  

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