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Alexis Theodore (Theodore) Casdagli[1, 2]

Male 1906 - 1996  (90 years)


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  • Name Alexis Theodore (Theodore) Casdagli 
    Nickname Lecky, Leck, Cas, Grandpa Bobcat 
    Born 10 Apr 1906  Salford, Greater Manchester, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The birth of Alexis Theodore Casdagli was registered Apr-May-Jun 1906, Salford, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, v 8d, p 65.
    Gender Male 
    Died 01 Dec 1996  Islington, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The death of Alexis Theodore Casdagli, b. 10 Apr 1906, was registered Dec 1996 at Islington, London, reg A32, dist 2381A, entry 79.
    Cremated
    • Ashes scattered on Crete, 1997.
    Notes 
    • Residence, England: (1932) The Crescent, Knutsford, Cheshire; (1935-39) Cairo; (1962-) 'Kersal Hill,' Wigginton, Tring, Hertfordshire.
    • Education: Stanmore Park Preparatory School, Greater London; Harrow School (1920-25, Monitor).
    • Occupation: 1934-1939, with Emmanuel Casdagli & Sons, Cairo; diplomat, 1947-1950, British Vice-Consul, Volos, Greece; 1950-1951, with Emmanuel Casdagli & Sons, Manchester; 1952-65, with Williaam [sic] J. Cox, plastics manufacturer, Tring, Hertfordshire (with brother Theo).
    • Military: He had joined the family business in Egypt in the mid-1930s. On 22 Sep 1939, two days after Britain declared war on Germany, he joined the Royal Army Ordnance Corps as a Lieutenant. On 2 Nov 1940, now a Captain, he was sent to the Greek island of Crete. POW during WW II.
    • Military appointments & promotions, Alexis Theodore Casdagli (108542): Lt. Royal Army Ordnance Corps., 23 Sep 1939; Lt. (actg. Maj.); Maj. (actg.); Officer of the Royal Order of the Phoenix, Captain (temporary); from Actg. Sub Lt to Sub Lt, 1 Jan 1952; from Sub Lts to Lt, Royal Navy, 16 Jun 1954; Lt to Lt-Cdr, 16 Jun 1962 (London Gazette, 13 Feb 1940, 26 Dec 1941, 18 Dec 1945, 15 Nov 1948, 29 Dec 1953, 3 Sep 1954, 10 Jul 1962). A. T. Casdagli, Major, army number 108542, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, was a prisoner of war during WWII at Hadamar, Hesse, Germany; POW number 3311, camp type Oflag, camp number XII-B.
    • Amateur Squash Rackets Chamption, Egypt 1937. In WW2 served as a Major, R.A.O.C.; Crete 1941, taken prisoner 1941, mentioned twice in despatches. Vice-consul at Volos 1947. Gold Cross, Order of the Phoenix (Greece).
    • Alexis Theodore Casdagli and Winifred Wendy Casdagli appear [417 Russell Court, 3-16 Woburn Place WC1] on the 1951, 1952 UK electoral register, Holborn and St Pancras parliamentary division, Camden county/borough.
    • 1911 England census for Kersal Hill, Kersal, Manchester, headed by Theodore Emmanuel Casdagli, 39, b. Salford, Lancashire, married 13 years, 3 children, all living; shipping merchant, cotton goods; wife Catherine, 39, b. Marseille, French national; sons Emmanuel Theodore, 7; Alexis Theodore, 5; daughter Maria Theodore, 1, all b. Salford, Lancashire; 7 servants.
    • An article in the UK Daily Mail, 11 Jan 2012, describes Major Alexis Casdagli's needlework that contained a secret message, stitched while he was a POW.
    • Listed among "Old Harrovians of Distinction," compiled by the Harrow Association. Reference: Amateur Squash Champion (Egypt) 1937.
    • A.T. Casdagli (1923) is among four boys surnamed Casdagli who attended the Harrow School, for whom photos are available.
    • A.T. Casdagli is listed on a cricket website with Gezira Sporting Club (Miscellaneous: 1938).
    • POW WWII: His war diary, Prouder Than Ever (London: Cylix Press, 2014, compiler, Alexis Penny Casdagli) reports on the period from his capture in Crete on 1 June 1941 through his internment in various camps. Published postumously it is illustrated with his photographs, embroideries, prison memorabilia and documents.
    • Known as Grandpa Bobcat by his grandson Simon, whose reflections appear on the Prouder than Ever website.
    Person ID I3240  Negroponte-Agelasto
    Last Modified 18 Dec 2018 

    Father Theodore Emmanuel (Emmanuel) Casdagli,   b. 18 Jun 1871, Manchester, Lancashire, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1942, Cairo, Egypt Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Caterina (Alexander) Ralli,   b. 26 Mar 1872, boulevard Longchamp 103, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1958, Kent, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 22 Jan 1898  Manchester, Lancashire, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Their marriage banns were published 2 Jan 1898 (Paris Publications des bans de mariage de Paris et Ancienne Seine, 1860 à 1902).
    • They may have had another child: Dorothea Casdagli, who died 1997, Sussex, England; age 23, single, British, b. Cairo, residing Cairo, arrived New York from Alexandria, Egypt, 29 Jul 1935 aboard the President Monroe. Dorothea Casdagli is on the UK electoral registers for Paddington (1937, 1938), Paddington South (1939) and Kensington (1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953).
    Documents
    Theodore Casdagli - Caterina Ralli marriage banns
    Theodore Casdagli - Caterina Ralli marriage banns
    Casdagli - Ralli 1898 marriage
    Casdagli - Ralli 1898 marriage
    Civil registration records, Paris, France
    Family ID F1360  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Joyce Edith (Herbert) Ross Lowe 
    Children 
    +1. Anthony (Alexis) Casdagli, CBE
    Last Modified 21 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F1594  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Winifred Wendy Levrett,   b. 29 Jul 1917, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1999, London, England UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 21 Sep 1947 
    Children 
     1. Alexis Penelope Sherrie (Theodore) Casdagli
    Last Modified 1 Mar 2013 
    Family ID F1741  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Apr 1906 - Salford, Greater Manchester, England UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 01 Dec 1996 - Islington, London, England UK Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Major Alexis T Casdagli
    Major Alexis T Casdagli
    photo courtesy Daily Mail, 11 Jan 2012 (web article)
    POW Major Alexis Casdagli's Tapestry
    POW Major Alexis Casdagli's Tapestry
    courtesy Daily Mail, 11 Jan 2012 (web article). His needlework contained a secret message, stitched while he was a POW.
    A. T. Casdagli POW embroidery
    A. T. Casdagli POW embroidery
    'Kersal Hill', Broughton, Lancashire, England
    'Kersal Hill', Broughton, Lancashire, England
    Present day Kersal Hill Convent, 22 Singleton Rd, Salford
    M7 4WL
    Casdagli 'Sheykh Obeyd' stud farm, 1937
    Seated, left to right: Theodore Emmanuel Casdagli, Joyce Casdagli (nee Ross Lowe), unknown child, Patricia Casdagli (nee Seymour); Standing, left to right: Emmanuel "Nollie" Xenophon Casdagli; (holding a stick) Alexis Theodore Casdagli; with his son Anthony Alexis, unknown woman in hat. The family acquired the stud farm, which lies to the north of Cairo, from the estate of Lady Anne Blunt - Lord Byron's Arabic-speaking granddaughter. Photo courtesy Alexis Casdagli. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    The Villa Casdagli, Cairo
    photo courtesy Alexis Casdagli (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    The Villa Casdagli, Cairo
    See wikipedia on Dubara Palace. Also, article: "Looters smash jewel of Cairo's colonial past," Sunday Times [London], 10 Feb 2013. See, also article, published 8 Jan 2013: "Cairo’s Villa Casdagli needs rescuing." (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Casdagli Families
    Casdagli Families
    Manchester. Adults standing, left to right: Xenophon Casdagli & Lucia Casdagli (nee Agelasto); Caterina Casdagli (nee Ralli) & Theodore Emmanuel Casdagli; Sons of Theodore and Caterina: Emmanuel Theodore Casdagli and Alexis Theodore Casdagli; photo courtesy Alexis Casdagli

    Documents A.T. Casdagli, Prouder Than Ever: My War, My Diary, My Embroidery
    London: Cylix Press, 2014, compiler, Alexis Penny Casdagli (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Letter home from A. T. Casdagli
    Letter home from A. T. Casdagli
    In a letter to his mother dated 15 May 1948, Alexis Theodore Casdagli comments on £ 10 donated by a Mrs. Agelasto to support his orphanage in Volos, Greece. Courtesy Alexis Casdagli.
    Embroidery made for Martin Casdagli
    by his grandfather, Alexis Casdagli. Photo courtesy website. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Ion & Sarah Casdagli Wedding Embroidery
    Their reflections on Alexis T. Casdagli's handiwork appear on the Prouder than Ever website. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)

  • Sources 
    1. [S115] Prouder Than Ever, A. T. Casdagli, (Cylix Press, London, 2014).

    2. [S119] 1911 England Census.


  

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