Demetri Carolumbus Petmezaki was born in October 1895 in Ephesus, Asia Minor (now Turkey). In earlier years Demetri's father had been the Mayor of Ephesus and was also a Consul, a Diplomat for Greece. Demetri studied for some years at the College of Athens.
Demetri left Ephesus and travelled to Egypt and on through the Sudan. At the age of 17 (about 1912) he arrived in Omdurman (north west of Khartoum) and opened his first company, Dem Petmezaki and Co, specialising in the exporting of the produce of the Sudan. In 1920 Demetri went back to Ephesus for his mother and two brothers, Kosti (Constantine) who was two years older than Demetri and Spiro who was two years younger than Demetri. Demetri brought them to Omdurman and placed Spiro in charge of Dem Petmezaki & Co. This became the head quarters of Demetri's operations. It would appear that 1920 was perhaps the last time that he was in Asia Minor (Turkey). It is believed that a lot of the family were still living in the Ephesus area at that time but I am finding it very difficult to trace any of them or the two Brothers that went to the Sudan! It would appear that many people of Greek origin were expelled from Turkey during the 1920’s. I would assume that a large number of these people would have resettled in Greece. Any info or advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks