Sri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister Odisha, releases K.J.S.Chatrath’s book ‘Homage to Odiya martyrs of World War-I commemorated in the Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles in France’

I feel honoured that Sri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha released my book  ‘Homage to Odiya martyrs of World War-I commemorated in the Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles in France’ in his official chamber in the Government Secretariat, Bhubaneswar on 9th January 2017.

9-1-2017=7 640 50 9-1-2017=8 640 60odiya martyrs cover 1 640 80Cover of the book.

odiya martyrs back cover 2 640 80 The back cover.

9-1-2017=9 640 60The Hon’ble Chief Minister also graciously accepted two of my earlier books on Odisha. balasore papers 640 50 The cover.balasore papers back cover 640 75 The back cover. balasore vignettes 640 80 The cover.vignettes back cover 2 640 86The back cover.

‘Memorial plaques in St. John’s Church, Meerut, India, Part-I’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

R.I.P.

In October 2016 I visited the Meerut War Cemetery in Boulogne Sur Mer in France. In December 2016 I visited the Meerut Cemetery in Uttar Pradesh India. In the same station I visited St. John’s (Garrison) Church, which is one of the oldest Churches in Northern India.

There are a number of memorial plaques on the interior walls of theis church. Take a look at a few and wish ‘Rest in Peace’ in whose memory these were put. IFSt. John’s (Garrison) Church, Meerut, India. Erected-1819, Consecrated 1824.  .

IF

meerut-2016-129-580-50IFArchibald Buchan Hepburn

IF

It is a little difficult to decipher it.

IFMary

IF

IF

meerut-2016-115-640-50 Richard Edmund Bourchier Cleeve.

meerut-2016-116-640-50 meerut-2016-119-580-45Major Arthur GibbingsIF

IF

AIF

Sacred

to the memory of

Archibald Buchan Hepburn

Lt. Colonel, 26th P.I.

who died at sea

10th May 1885

Aged 43 years & 9 months.

IF

In memory

of

Colonel S.S. Simpson, R.F.A.

Commanding 38th Brigade R.F.A. Meerut

who died at Mussoorie on the 9th Oct. 1904.

Erected by his Brother Officers.

‘A sad story from Meerut Cantonement cemetery, India’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

IF

I had visited the Meerut Military Cemetery in Boulogne, France two months ago. Last week I went to see the Meerut Cantonement Cemetery, Uttar Pradesh, India.  Besides the graves of British soldiers and officers maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission there, ‘The British Association of Cemeteries in Asia’ has also helped in the maintenance of this cemetery where a large number of civilians also lie buried.  While walking through the vast premises, I came across a particularly sad story. It is the story of a young lady named Rosamond Carew.

meerut-2016-067-copy-640-50Rosamind was born on 7th November 1894. She was the eldest daughter of Lt. Col. Carew Smyth, of Royal Engineers.

meerut-2016-068-640-50At the age of 19, she got married to Balfour Oliphant Hutchinson of the 7th Hussars on 1st November 1915.

She died on 2nd November 1916 aged only 20, just one year after her marriage.

meerut-2016-069-copy-4-640-50I could not find out about the cause of her death.  The young British ladies died in India mainly during the monsoon months as they could not stand high heat and humidity. As Theon Wilkinson in his book The Two Monsoons has explains, the British found it difficult to survive the first two monsoon seasons in India, and hence the title of his book ‘The Two Monsoons: The life and death of Europeans in India’. But after that, they got a bit acclimatized. Incidentally Theon Wilkinson set up BACSA, which has done a commendable job in preserving old cemeteries in India.

IF

Another possible reason of Rosamind’s death could have been childbirth, which also claimed a number of young British ladies in India.

A good number of British men, women and children died in Indian in very early age. This was one of the prices that Britain had to pay for colonization.

meerut-2016-071-copy-2-640-50This grave has the following inscription at the bottom:

‘In life two things stand like stone- Kindness in another’s trouble and courage in your own.

“The peace of God which passeth all understanding.’’

Rest in Peace Rosamond Carew.

Roaming around in Rome- Visit to Cimitero del Verano, Part-II’ – by K.J.S.Chatrath

Please see my earlier post where in I had mentioned about various cemeteries in Rome and a brief introduction to this cemetery. In continuation of that I am presenting here with some more photos of a cemetery where every stone is a piece of art.

‘Roaming around in Rome – visit to Cimitero del Verano, Part-I’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1067 640 40R.I.P.

Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1068 640 40R.I.P.

Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1072 640 40Not loosing sight of each other- till eternity!

R.I.P.

IFR.I.P.

Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1083 640 45R.I.P.

Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1080 - CopyR.I.P.

Do notice how the tips of the moustaches are shown.

Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1086 640 40R.I.P.

Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1087 640 45R.I.P.

IF

R.I.P.

 

Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1097 - Copy 640 45R.I.P.

How beautifully, each fold of the dress is portrayed in this carving. heel of the left foot is not touching the ground, thus showing a slow walk.

Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1100 640 45R.I.P.

 

IF

R.I.P.

IF

R.I.P.

Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1092 640 45R.I.P.

Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1085 640 45 R.I.P.Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1086 640 40R.I.P. Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1087 640 45 R.I.P.Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1092 640 45R.I.P.

IF

R.I.P.

IF

R.I.P.

IF

R.I.P.

IF

R.I.P.

Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1097 - Copy 640 45R.I.P.

Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1099 640 45R.I.P.

Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1100 640 45R.I.P.

….

May I invite you to visit my websites & blogs?

http://www.gravematters.in

http://www.traveltalk.co.in

http://www.fiftyplustravels.com

http://www.anaap-shnaap.blogspot.in

http://www.francophilesonly.blogspot.in

http://www.indianrestaurantsworldwide.blogspot.in/

http://www.indianheritagephotos.blogspot.in

***

Email: kjschatrath@yahoo.co.in; chatrath@gmail.com

‘Roaming around in Rome – visit to Cimitero del Verano, Part-I’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

The Directorate Cemeteries Capitoline, Rome, Italy,  manages 11 municipal cemeteries, which have total territorial extension of over 250 hectares.

The three main cemeteries Verano, Flaminio-Prima Porta and Laurentino, defined as “major”, are the most extensive: Verano 83 hectares, Flaminio-Prima Porta Laurentino 140 hectares and 21 hectares; the other eight, classified as “minor”, are the cemeteries of Ostia Antica, San Vittorino, Isola Farnese, Castel di Guido, Cesano, Maccarese, S. Maria del Carmine-Parrocchietta, S. Maria di Galeria.

Monumental Cemetery Verano

Cemetery Flaminio – Prima Porta

cemetery Laurentino

Cemetery Ostia Antica

Cemetery San Vittorino

Cemetery Isola Farnese

Cemetery Castel di Guido

Cemetery Cesano

Cemetery Maccarese

Cemetery S. Maria del Carmine – Parrocchietta

Cemetery S. Maria di Galeria.

 

Other cemeteries in Rome are:

Non-Catholic Cemetery for foreigners
Rome War Cemetery Commonwealth.

The instant post is about Cemetery Piazzale del Verano, 1, 00185 Roma, Italy.

Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1040 580 50Opening and closing hours to the public are from from 1 October to 31 March 7:30 to 18:00 Last admission allowed at 17.00 .

From April 1 to September 30 7:30 to 19:00 Last admission allowed at 18.00
including the Easter holidays of 27 and 28 March

Take a look at some of the ornamental graves in this cemetery- each is a piece of art.

Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1036 580 50Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1037 580 50Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1039 580 50Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1038 580 50Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1045 580 50 Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1046 580 50Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1053 580 50Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1054 580 50IF

IF

IF

Greenland Rome St Peter's Bascilica 1021 580 50….

May I invite you to visit my websites & blogs?

http://www.gravematters.in

http://www.traveltalk.co.in

http://www.fiftyplustravels.com

http://www.anaap-shnaap.blogspot.in

http://www.francophilesonly.blogspot.in

http://www.indianrestaurantsworldwide.blogspot.in/

http://www.indianheritagephotos.blogspot.in

***

Email: kjschatrath@yahoo.co.in; chatrath@gmail.com

‘Roaming around in Rome-3, visit to Cimitero del Verano- a curtain raiser’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

IF

A photo article coming soon on this website.

…..

May I invite you to visit my websites & blogs?

http://www.gravematters.in

http://www.traveltalk.co.in

http://www.fiftyplustravels.com

http://www.anaap-shnaap.blogspot.in

http://www.francophilesonly.blogspot.in

http://www.indianrestaurantsworldwide.blogspot.in/

http://www.indianheritagephotos.blogspot.in

***

Email: kjschatrath@yahoo.co.in; chatrath@gmail.com

‘Memorial stones of Silchar cemetery thoughtfully relocated to Shillong cemetery by BACSA in 1981’ – by K.J.S.Chatrath

I was visiting Shillong in North East India recently and visited the Anglican cemetery. It is located near what was earlier called the General’s Point but is more commonly known locally as the Rhino Pont, in the cantonement area.

IF

North East April 2016 764 640 75On the inner side of the wall of the cemetery, there are 14 memorial stones embedded in it. As a marble plaque put up by the British Association for cemeteries in South Asia (BACSA)* explains, ” These Memorial Stones were brought from Silchar Anglican Church to be preserved on this wall in 1981′.

Cachar district in Assam has three main towns- Silchar, Lakhipur and Sonai.

This was indeed a far sighted move as it would have been difficult to preserve these 15 stones in Silchar. Here these get the care and protection of a larger well kept cemetery.

This step needs to be considered where ever there are a handful of memorial stones lying scattered and unattended in different parts of India. After all these are a part of our historical heritage.

North East April 2016 776 640 75North East April 2016 767 640 75In the affectionate memory of Kendal Cartagwhirter…   …, who died at Appin Cachar on July 9th, 1897.

North East April 2016 769 640 75In the affectionate memory of Lilian Fanny Antoinette Graham, beloved wife of T.W. Graham, who died at Lakhipur on 5th January, 1914

North East April 2016 770 640 75North East April 2016 768 640 75On the glory of God and in memory of

Alexander Milne, CME

North East April 2016 766 640 75In the memory of Mr. James McIntosh Balfour, S.V.L.H., of Passutipore, who died in Calcutta on August 4th, 1895.

North East April 2016 784 640 75North East April 2016 773 640 75In the glory of God and the memory of Henry Weir, of Kalline Tea Estate, who after a long residence in Cachar, died in Shillong on 9th June, 1917, aged 74 years.

Erected by old friends and members of the local branch of the Indian Tea Associationas a token of appreciation  and esteem. IMIGAD.

North East April 2016 778 640 75North East April 2016 782 640 75In the memory of James Winchester, who was killed in a Lushai attack on Ali*aminapore Garden, on January 23rd, 1871. This tablet is erected by the ***inhabitants of Cachar.

. . . . .

* I would soon be putting up an article on BACSA and the invaluable work done by it in India.

‘Discovery’ of an old British cemetery at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India, Part-I – by K.J.S.Chatrath

IF

On my visit to Varanasi, India a few weeks back, I managed to ‘discover’ an old British cemetery there with graves dating back to 1799.

The word ‘discovery’ is being used by me in the way the Europeans claimed to have ‘discovered’ the Americas, India and many other areas from 15th century onwards. These places were already there on earth but since the Europeans did not know about these, they claimed to have ‘discovered’ those. One does not know weather it was just poor use of English language or a bit of pompousness on their part which made them use the word ‘discovery’, but unfortunately the word did stick for quite some time. Anyway, let us let it rest here and take a look at the Varanasai cemetery.

It was not easy locating it. I could get no information from the internet. The local taxi driver and the rickshawallahs were keen to take me to the Hindu burning ghats on the holy Ganges. One of them even asked me, ‘Are you a christian ?’. My honest reply of a No, supplemented by ‘I do not believe in any God’ left him disappointed. I could almost read his mind- ‘Look, here is this old man who does not believe in God but is spending his time looking for old christian graves and that too of foreigners.’

I asked the local Tourist Office but got no clue. So I gave up and started moving towards Sanchi in a taxi. Suddenly I shouted to the driver, ‘Stop. Stop”. He applied the brakes with a jerk and looked back at me ‘Kya hua ji’ (What happened)?. Found it. I have found the cemetery that I was looking for.

And there it was on one of the major roads of the town with a clear board.

VARANASI March 2016 1453 580 40While trying to locate this cemetery it  would be useful to keep in mind that it is located near Dev Narain Colony, Chaukavat and the PIN number of the area is 221002.

Fortunately the main gate was not locked. The driver too came with me and we spent the next hour moving from one grave to another, taking photographs and ultimately feeling sad at seeing so many children and young ladies having died so early in life. May be, that was one of the prices to be paid for colonialism.

Though there is a an effective boundary wall all around , the condition of old graves is sad. It seems that no one ever visits this place except for fresh burials. Since a large number of foreign tourists visit Varanasi, I am sure, a good number of them would love to visit this  heritage cemetery provided it is got spruced up and sufficient publicity is given of its existence.

IF

IF

Sacred to the memory of

William Cowell

Who departed this life

On the 23rd October  1818 (?)

Aged four months and thirteen days.

IF

Now this does look at little eirie though the photograph was taken around noon.

IF

Sacred

To the memory of

James George Brown,

Son of James Cowley Brown, and of Mathilda, his wife

Who departed the earth  on March 15th 1821,

Aged 9 months, 15 days.

VARANASI March 2016 1458 640 50Sacred to the memory of Henry, Infant son of Lieut. & Mrs. H.C.Clayton who died 3rd August 1830 aged 1 year 6 months and 27 days

VARANASI March 2016 1460 640 66Sacred to the memory of Alexander, infant son of  Capt. Forbes, 27th Regt., who died 26th August 1851.

IF

Sacred to the memory of John James,who died on May16, 1813, aged 3yrs, 2mys, son of Edward Robert 15dys &

Edward Robert who died on June 10 1813 aged 6 months 15 days,

sons of Thomas and Isabella Yeld

IF

Sacred to the memory of Robert Balhurst Esquire, of the Bengal Civil Service, who died at Benares on the third day of November (not clearly legible)

Parts II & III of this article will follow later.

These photographs are available in high resolution and with a small watermark. If interested then please write to chatrath@gmail.com .