A son of John Zohrab, Edward was born at Brussa,
Turkey. He married Laura, who was the grand-daughter of General
Armandi, in 1887.
He was appointed A.D.C.(Aide-de-Camp) to Khedive
Ismail, 1873; Abyssian Campaign as A.D.C. to H. H. Prince Hassan
Pasha, 1874-75; Russo-Turkish War as A.D.C. to Prince Hassan, Commander-in-Chief
of the Egyptian Contingent in Bulgaria, 1877-78; made full Colonel,
1878; attached to Lord Wolsey's staff in Egyptian Campaign. 1882;
A.D.C. to Lord Wolsey, Sudan Expedition, 1884-1985; Made Major-General,
1885: Chief of the military recruiting department in Egypt, 1886-93;
Under-Secretary of State for War in Egypt, 1903-1905, where
he was seen as a symbol of British influence; General, 1905:
retired from service on full pay owing to bad health 1905 and spent
his retirement in Paris. Recreations: shooting, riding, fencing.
He died in Cairo, where he was being considered for the post of
Governor of Lebanon..
However, one unnamed source (probably supplied, like
the others, by Dr. John Zorab) states that his father was Mackertich
Zohrab, that his mother was Mariam Chamichi, that he was born in Cairo
(rather than Broussa), that he married Miss Tiroohi Carapetian, that
they had children named Virginia, Victoria and Leo, and that he was
educated in Cairo and London, rather than in Constantinople.
According to the page http://www.archive.org/stream/knightsofengland01shawuoft/knightsofengland01shawuoft_djvu.txt
his knighthood in the order of St. Michael and St. George was honorary
-- presumably because he was not a British citizen. It was
awarded for his services when the British were waging war in the
... and a native A.D.C. called Zohrab Bey. The
last named was attached to my staff when I was here in 1882, and
is a very useful man, speaking Arabic fluently. His father was an
Armenian and his mother English; he is a very nice fellow. When
in Cairo, where he does duty with the Khedive, he has a little establishment
presided over by a French lady who used to sing on the stage in
light opera. When he leaves he sends her to her friends in France,
as I don't think he believes in grass widows in a place like Cairo.
A picturesque and practical addition to his personal
staff was Zohrab Bey, a highly cultured and ardently Anglophile Egyptian.