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Second Lieutenant Krikor (Kriber) Serovpe Gulbenkian was an English soldier of the British Army who died during the First World War.

He was born in 1891, in Kensington, the son of Ottoman Armenian parents Garabed, a commission merchant, and Marie Gulbenkian, of Talas and Constantinople, respectively. Gulbenkian received his education at St Paul's School before entering his father's business.[1] At the time of the 1911 census, Gulbenkian was working as a clerk to his father while living with his family at 2 Holland Park, Notting Hill.

Gulbenkian enlisted on the outbreak of war in 1914, joining the Middlesex Regiment as a 1st class signaller. After being recommended for a commission in February 1917, Gulbenkian trained as an officer in Britain before returning to the Western Front as a second lieutenant on 1 September. His death came just nineteen days later, on the 20th, in the Third Battle of Ypres, while serving with the 23rd (Service) Battalion (2nd Football), The Middlesex Regiment.[2]

He has no known grave and is commemorated by the Tyne Cot Memorial.

NotesEdit

  1. Ararat: A Searchlight on Armenia, Volume 5, p. 173.
  2. The Times (41609), Col D, p. 4: "Fallen Officers". 15 October 1917.

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