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W/Cmdr Peter John Ambrose (Pantias) Calvocoressi

Male 1912 - 2010  (97 years)


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  • Name Peter John Ambrose (Pantias) Calvocoressi 
    Title W/Cmdr  
    Born 17 Nov 1912  Karachi, British India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Birth notice appeared in The Times (London) 20 Nov 1912, pg. 1.
    Christened 19 Mar 1913  St Sophia, Moscow Road, Bayswater, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • God-parents: Helen Ambrosios Ralli (his aunt). [1]
    Gender Male 
    Died 05 Feb 2010  Dorset, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • UK obituaries: The Guardian, 8 Feb 2010; The Times, 9 Feb 2010; The Telegraph, 5 Feb 2010; The Independent, 20 Feb 2010.
    • Legal Scholar John Q. Barrett's homage to Peter Calvocoressi.
    • Athens obituary, 14 Feb 2010, Kathimerini [The Daily], copied from The Times with the author's description of Peter as "a Greek, whose personality was highly estimated abroad but whose name unfortunately doesn´t mean anything to inland Greeks" (George Agelastos).
    • A memorial was held 2 Sep 2010 at Chatham House, London.
    Buried 18 Feb 2010  Salisbury, Wiltshire, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Residence: at 3 mos, Liverpool; Guise House, Apsley Guise, Bletchley, Bucks, England; 1985, 1 Queen's Parade, Bath, Avon, England; 2008, Old Mill Lane Farm, Marnhull, Dorset DT10 1JX, UK.
    • Occupation: Historian.
    • Education: 1926, Eton College (King's Scholar); 1934, Balliol College, Oxford. Called to the Bar 1935.
    • RAFVR. On the staff and then council member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs 1949-70. Reader in international relations at Sussex University 1965-71. Director of Chatto & Windus and Hogarth Press 1954-65. Penguin Books 1972-76.
    • During WWII he became head of 3A in Hut 3 at Bletchley Park which evaluated army/air force Enigma decrypts issuing from Hut 6. Wing Commander at the trial of major war criminals at Nuremberg 1945-46.
    • Lectured and broadcast items on the history of Chios and its diaspora families - see 'Byzantium to Eton' (King's College and BBC Radio 4's 'Migrations'). Sec. Gen. Liberal Interat 1947. Chatham House Annual Survey 1949.
    • Portrait painted by de Laszlo (Courtauld Institute).
    • He founded the Chios General Trust and chaired the London-based Chios Charities Committee for many years.
    • WWII: Peter John Ambrose Calvocoressi (83826) granted commission for the duration of hostilities as Pilot Officers on probation 29 July 1940 (London Gazette 13 Sep 1940); from probation appointment confirmed 29 July 1941 as Flying Officer (London Gazette 12 Sep 1941); P.J.A. Calvocoressi (83826) Fig. Offs. to be Fit. Lts. (tempy.) 1 Sep 1942 (London Gazette 29 Sep 1942); P.J.A. Calvocoressi (83826) granted the rank of Flt. Lt. (war subs) 27 Oct I945 (London Gazette 27 Nov 1945). Flight Lieutenant P.J.A. Calvocoressi (83826) relinquished commission and retained rank of Wing Commander, 17 Nov 1957(London Gazette 17 Jan 1958).
    • John Q. Barrett, professor, St. John's University School of Law, Queens, New York, has written an article on Peter Calvocoressi in his research biography of Supreme Court Justice and Nuremberg chief prosecutor Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954).
    • Peter's article that was part of a tribute symposium following the death of his friend Telford Taylor (courtesy John Q. Barrett via Tom Calvocoressi).
    • His wikipedia page
    • He maintained a multi-year correspondence concerning West Norwood Cemetery and in 1937 he deeded over the Calvocoressi burial plot inside the Ralli chapel to the Trustees who managed the Greek section of the cemetery.
    • Peter John Ambrose Calvocoressi [23 Hyde Park Gardens] appears on the 1936, 1937, 1938, [11 Fursecroft W1 (Brown Street)] 1939 electoral register, Paddington parliamentary division, Westminster county/borough; [9 Old Square, abode 23 Hyde Park Gardens W2] 1939 Holborn/Camden.
    Person ID I2054  Negroponte-Agelasto
    Last Modified 18 Jul 2012 

    Father Pantias John (John) Calvocoressi,   b. 06 Apr 1874, Promenade des Anglais 53, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1965, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Mother Irene (Ambrose) Ralli,   b. 28 Aug 1882, 14 Camac Street, Calcutta, West Bengal, British India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1937, Hotel des Princes, Montélimar, Drôme, Rhône-Alpes, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 12 Oct 1910  St Sophia, Moscow Road, Bayswater, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Church register says 12 Nov 1910; Marriage Witnesses: L. M. Calvocoressi and Stephen Ralli; The Revd. Archimandrite C. Pagonis, assisted by the Revd. Archimandrite A. Moskovakis, performed the nuptials; entry 283 [2]
    • Marriage notice appeared in The Times (London) abt 15 Oct 1910.
    • Sturdza twice gives the incorrect date, 12 Nov 1910 and 12 Nov 1904. [3]
    Family ID F879  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Barbara Dorothy (Francis) Henley [Eden],   b. 15 Oct 1915, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 2005, 1 Queen's Parade, Bath, Somerset, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 10 Sep 1938  Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Watford, Northamptonshire, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Engagement notice appeared in The Times (London) 28 May 1938, pg. 17.
    • The wedding was covered in The Times (London) 12 Sep 1938, pg. 15.
    • The Rev. T.J.M. Wood-Smith officiated.
    • The bridesmaids included Norma Calvocoressi, the groom's sister.
    Children 
     1. Paul Peter (Peter) Calvocoressi
    +2. David Sebastian (Peter) Calvocoressi
    Last Modified 20 Jan 2009 
    Family ID F881  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Margaret Rachel (Ernest) Scott 
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2014 
    Family ID F1241  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Nov 1912 - Karachi, British India Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 19 Mar 1913 - St Sophia, Moscow Road, Bayswater, London, England UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Sep 1938 - Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Watford, Northamptonshire, England UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 05 Feb 2010 - Dorset, England UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 18 Feb 2010 - Salisbury, Wiltshire, England UK Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    23 Hyde Park Gardens, London, England
    23 Hyde Park Gardens, London, England
    photo 2009; Pandia and Irene Calvocoressi resided at this Westminster address around the time of her 1937 Paris death.
    23 Hyde Park Gardens, London, England
    23 Hyde Park Gardens, London, England
    detail
    Peter Calvocoressi
    Peter Calvocoressi
    Peter Calvocoressi
    Peter Calvocoressi
    Ralli Family Photo
    Ralli Family Photo
    Marietta Ralli with her mother, Marietta, her daughter, Irene Ralli, and grandson, Peter Calvocoressi; David Calvocoressi collection; © Christopher Long: ChristopherLong.co.uk.

    Documents
    <i>From Byzantium to Eton: A Memoir of a Millenium</i>
    From Byzantium to Eton: A Memoir of a Millenium
    by P.J. Calvocoressi
    P J Calvocoressi memorial program
    P J Calvocoressi memorial program
    P J Calvocoressi memorial invitation
    P J Calvocoressi memorial invitation
    West Norwood Cemetery
    West Norwood Cemetery
    Register for plot 14564, mortuary chapel
    West Norwood Cemetery
    West Norwood Cemetery
    Register for plot 14564, mortuary chapel (continuation)

  • Sources 
    1. [S68] The Greek Gazette, Kyriakos Metaxas, editor, (London, England), 16, Apr 1983.
      Records of Baptisms from the Church of St. Sophia, Moscow Road, Bayswater

    2. [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]

    3. [S17] Sturdza, Dictionnaire Historique Genealogique ... Grece, Sturdza, Mihail-Dimitri, (self, Paris, 1983), 391, 248.


  

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