Artin / Nasib Haratoon Baklavadjian (Simon) – autobiography of his early life


Nasib Haratoon Simon formerly Artin Haratoon Baklavadjian?  Armenian Born 28th July 1903 in Instanbul.
1928 NHSCollegeCU?I was born in Constantinople, the Capital of Turkey, on the 28th of July in the year 1903 and received my primary education in my vernacular until 1914 when the Great War broke out.

Belonging to the Christian faith I was sent away from my home, leaving the whole of my estates in the hands of the Turkish Government, and it still remains unclaimed.

Out of the family of eleven only my eldest brother and I have survived. He is at present in Bulgaria.

I was amongst the Armenian refugees for nearly two complete years, roaming the mountains and plains, being driven away by the uncivilized Turkish nation and Kurds; later on by the Bedouin Arabs in the heart of the Arabia desert. Unmerciful torture was our lot at their hands.

Before reaching Mosul, I with others was left in the desert to perish, not being able to proceed with the rest any further through starvation for over three months.

Here I remained for two or three days when a Turkish Troop arrived camping there for their rest. The Turkish General commanding the troop learnt of our presence and very generously rescued us.  We were taken care of until we came to Baghdad with the army. When they left Baghdad for the battle at Kut Al-Amara,  (poss. 28 September 1915) I was given to a Turkish gentleman to be adopted. When the Armenians came to know of this, they took me away and gave me to a well to do Armenian family.

For over six months I was kept in the house under the care of an experience doctor who helped me to regain my natural form and health as I was but skin and bone.

1927 NewsofIndia20sept1927Nearly a year elapsed when I was sent to the Armenian school where I finished studying my mother tongue.

1918 NHSPolicePermitBASRAThe British captured Baghdad a while after, and I was taken to Basrah, staying there for one year.  I went to a Roman Catholic school, known as St. Albert’s School where  I commenced to learn the English language, French and Arabic.   I was not kept here for a long time to master the French and Arabic languages.
1923 NHS and Brother?In the year 1917, I left Basrah for Bombay arriving on the 13th December.  In Bombay I was under the care of my foster uncle for a year.  At the beginning of 1919, I joined the Cathedral Boys’ High School as a day scholar, but when my guardian left Bombay for Mesopotamia I became a boarder.

After five years, during which time I completed my school education and represented the school, captaining the school teams, in all branches of sport and also being the Head Boy, I joined Davars College of Commerce.

Here I studied commercial subjects comprising Banking, Higher Accountancy, Commerce and Finance, Business Organization and elementary Advertising. In the year 1928 I appeared for the London Chamber of Commerce Examination in the above subjects and passed.

1929 NHS Bombay 1929?1926 saw me accountant the Bombay Diocesan Council, I worked-here for four years. When Rev. G. F. Harvey found out my ability and since there were no prospects for me in that office he recommended me to Messrs. L. A. Stronach & Co. (India) Ltd., as an Assistant Accountant.  I Worked. there for 18 months. Owing to trade depression Mr. Stronach reduced his staff of which I was one of the unfortunate ones.   He, however,  gave me his personal assurance that he would do his best for me. Immediately after this I managed to secure a job at the B.B. & C. I. Railway offices in the Audit Department, where I was to take charge of the Publicity accounts from the commencement of 1931.   In the meantime I received a letter from Messrs. J. Walter Thompson Company asking me for interview, in reply to my application I made previously. I interviewed the Manager for India (Mr. Frank R.J.Gerard) who very kindly offered me a position in his office commencing from the 1st December 1930.   This being more prospective I asked leave to resign from my present office who, although reluctantly, have very kindly granted it.

Nasib Haratoon Simon 1930

1930 NHSautobiog part A 1930s1930 NHSautobiog part B 1930s

Documents and Photographs from the attache-case:


1918 NHSschoolbillBASRA1918 NHSschoolCertBASRAH



1920 NHSFirstAidercert1920

1924 NHS Scouts

2nd Bombay Scouts

1921 NHS Scout:post office1921

postal strike Bombay scout

2nd Bombay Scouts – at the Bombay General Post Office during the 5 month Postal Strike of 1921


1921 NHSTravelBombaytoBaghdad1918 NHSPolicePermitBASRArear1924:

1924 NHSReference 19241928:

1928 NHSCommerce:Financeexam


1929 NHSHarveyletter A 19291929 NHSHarveyletter B 19291929 NHSreference 19291929 NHSP&ORef19291930:
1930 NHSSchoolReference 1930

1930 NHSDewars College 19301930 NHSJWTjobOffer1930

Mahendra Manison in 1930's

Mahendra Mansion in 1930’s

Mahendra Mansion, Esplanade Road Bombay 2014

Mahendra Mansion, Esplanade Road Bombay 2014

1934:  23rd December, St Thomas’ Cathedral Bombay

1934 WinNHS Marriage Portrait

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1934 WinNHS Marriage LONG1936:

1932 NHS RugbyCathOldBoys?

1936 Cathedral Old Boys?

G & Ovanes Baclavajian and their mother, in Bourgas Bulgaria in 1930’s:

1938 Bulgaria Front

writing on the reverse side of each:

1938 Bulgaria reverseBourgas in 2005:Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 22.51.49


1938 NHS British naturalisation rear1938 NHS NaturalizationIndia

1938:1938 NHS British Naturalization front


1942NHS Win Janewin 1957 High Commission 1957 Win 1957 Marriagedeclare 1957


1958 IndianTaxExempt1958

1958 NHSJWTIndia letter1958

1958 NHSJWTIndiaD-1958
1958 NHSJWTIndiaC-1958 1958 NHSJWTindiaA19581958 NHSJWTIndiaB-1958 1959 NHSVaccCertC1958 1959 NHSVaccCertB1959 1958 NHSVaccCertA1958 1959 NHSpassportappl1959

1959 UKNational1959FRONT 1959 UKNational1959REAR
1959 UKHomeOfficeCitizen1959

1968 JWTenvelope19681960 NHS JWT1 leathercase closed3 leathercase open