‘Christ Church Cemetery, Ludhiana, India, Part-II’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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ludhiana-2-3-14-093-480-40‘To the memory of Charles Robert Blomfield, Lieutenant…, who died at Loodhianah on the 15th of May 1848, aged 23 years. Sincerely & deeply regretted by the brother Officers and men of his Regiment. This tomb is erected by the Brother Officers & men … ‘


ludhiana-2-3-14-087-480-20Sacred to the memory of Heriot Emma, infant child of Capt. M. Henry Palmer, …Regt. No 1…, Died at Loodianah, 21st December 1844.  ludhiana-2-3-14-078-480-20_0From a distance it looks like any other tomb stone. But what do you find when you go nearer?

ludhiana-2-3-14-081-48085It recounts the tragedy that struck in the form of a fierce storm on 20th May 1846, flattened the barracks and killed men, women and children.


“Sacred to the memory of the undermentioned Non-Commissioned officers,men, women, and children of H.M. 50th Regt. who were killed by the falling of the Barracks on the 20th May 1846. This tablet is erected by the comrades of the deceased Non-Commissioned officers and men who shared with them the dangers and glories of the four victories of the campaigns of the Sutledge, as a slight token of deep sorrow and commisseration they feel for the sufferers by this melancholy accident

Name & Rank

Corporal Thomas Cantwell   — Corporal Wm. Kelly- Sergeant John Ferris Corporal William Ross –  Priv. Peter Feeny-  – Priv. Michl. Flynn- Drumr. Wm. Ross – Drumr. Wm. Armstrong. Privates Frs. Cuff – Jno. Kendrick – Wm. Carr – Jno. Farmer – Jno. Rankin – Henry Bailey – Geo. Beddus – Wm. Sleigh
Saml. Taylor – Geo. Craiger – Oliver Davis – Rich’dson Green – Thos. Jacob – Saml. Stanlick – Jas. Vellavois – Henry Biggs – Henry Havers – Jno. Brookman – Jno. Clayton – Archd. Mitchell – Jno. Samples – George Wall – John Cook – Alex. Thompson
Jno. Williamson – Wm. Walker – Edwin Sudd – Edmund Rixon – Jas. M’Clone –  – Jas. Tokey
Jno. Cody – Lawrence Kelly- Michl. Doyle – Thos. Coutwell – Hugh McGlynn – Richd. Watkins – Wm. Kelleen – John Morris
Michl. O’Brien – John Smith – John Dunnagher – John Sullivan


Mary Ann Owens – Mary Ann Haitman – Grace Caddan – Elizabeth Haffner – Matilda Woods – Ann Burns- Emily Marshall – Maria Thompson – Mary Ann Mackin – Elizabeth Hafner – Eliza Ferris- Ellen Duncan – Bridget Fleming – Mary Meehan – Mary Kelly – Margt. Walsh


Thomas Owen – Robert Caddan – Cleleno Geerin – Bridget Heitman – Mary Ann Smithweitt – John Edmonstone- William Ross – William Woods – William Burns – Jane Curry – Rosarie Curry – Jane Owens – Ann Maria Meeny – Ann Meehan – Ellen Meehan – James Kelly – James Slain.”


Inscription on another grave reads:

‘Sacred to the memory of

Major C.Andrews

of the 2nd European Regt.

who departed his life on the 15th August 1842 aged 56 years.

This tomb is created by his brother officers, to whom he was endeared

by the kindness of his heart and benevolence of his disposition,

as a testimony of their esteem and regard’


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“The old ‘Putlighar’ cemetery in Amritsar, India” by K.J.S.Chatrath

During my visit to Amritsar a few months back, I visited the Golden Temple, the Jallianwala Bagh, the Durgiana Temple and witnessed the flag lowering ceremony at Wagah border. Then my love for old graves prompted me to search for the old English cemetery in Amritsar.  I went to the St. Paul’s Church in the morning and after paying my regards to the Pastor Priest, inquired about the old British graves in Amritsar.  He could not give me much information except that some old graves were located in the Putlighar area of Amritsar. He added somewhat defensively, that he had been in Amritsar for a short time  – 6 to 7 years only. My grateful thanks to him as the information given by him proved to be very valuable and riding a three wheeler auto rickshaw,  I was in the Putlighar area in about 30 minutes.


St. Paul’s Church, Amritsar.

A helpful resident told us that it was near the local Pipli Sahib gurudwara. Locating the cemetery was a minor issue, but then entering it turned out to be a much bigger problem as the steel gate had been secured locked. Having come so far I was not willing to give up. Fortunately the aged Sikh auto driver too became quite enthusiastic seeing my efforts and told me in Punjabi, “Sir ji, fikr na karo, assi kuch rasta labh lawangay” (Sir, dont you worry, we will find some way out). And soon we sere chugging along on that auto on a side kuttcha lane parallel to the railway line. We had to leave the auto after some time and then the two of us , with the ample help of the local residents, crossing quite a few narrow lanes came face to face with the back door of the cemetery. Alas, it was locked too, but from inside. After a bit of loud knocking were were allowed to visit the cemetery.


Entrance gate of the cemetery at Putlighar, Amritsar.

Unfortunately it turned out to be unkept as most of the old cemeteries in India are.  let me take you through to some of the gravestones and inscriptions.  The inscription on the grave below reads:

Sacred to the memory of

Alfred Hayes,

The beloved infant son of

Alice & Alfred Algar

Who was taken away on the

8th day of august, 1877

Aged one month and eight days

“Of such is the kingdom of heaven”


Grave of Alfred Hayes.

An inscription on another grave nearby shows how uncertain life can be. It reads:

To the memory of

George A. Grant

Assistant Surgeon

Royal Artillery

Accidentally killed at Umritsar

by a fall from his horse

on the 21st October, 1864,

aged 28 years.


Inscription on the grave of  George A. Grant.

In loving memory of

Charlotte Georgina

The dearly daughter of

James and Elizabeth Millar

Who died 21st September, 1891,

Aged 19 years

What I do thou knowest not now

But thou shalt know here after

The golden gates were opened

A gentle voice said come

And with farewells unspoken

She calmly entered home.


Sad inscription on the grave of Charlotte Georgina.

 There is a very poignant inscription of the little Ernest nearby:

Sacred to the memory of

Ernest Mikillop Michell

who died on the 6th January 1879

aged 2 years and 5 months

“Mother I come”


Grave of little Ernest Mikillop Michell.

There are long lines of euology to a departed mother:

Sacred to the memory of

Ellen Victoria Butler

Born 23rd October 1857

Died 21st March, 1927.

We watched her fading like a flower

We could not make her stay

We nursed her with our tenderest care

Till God called her away.

An angel took our Mummy away

But we must not repent

For Jesus on his bosom wears

A flower that once was ours.


Ellen Victoria Butler’s grave.

May the departed souls Rest in Peace. On visiting the old ‘Putlighar’ cemetery in Amritsar, how much I wished that the vandals do not disfigure these memories in stone for the sake of, what to them are,  just  pieces of marble!

Text and photographs and copyright  by K.J.S.Chatrath

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‘Christ Church Cemetery, Ludhiana, India, Part-I’ by K.J.S.Chatrath


ludhiana-2-3-14-013-final-480-40When visiting Ludhiana two days back, it was not difficult to locate the old cemetery. From the famous ‘Fountain Chowk’ of the city, five roads go to different directions. One such road, called the Cemetery road’ leads the to the cemetery. Locally this cemetery is called ‘Gorian dian kabran’ or the graves of the white people.

By the end of 1809, The Treaty with the Rajah of Lahore was signed in which the Rajah agreed to remain north and west of the Sutlej. British troops were permanently stationed in Ludhiana, and they established a cantonment to further consolidate their occupation.

In 1835, Ludhiana came under official control of the East India Company. The British cantonment was abandoned in 1854.

Most of the graves in this cemetery are of the British Officers, soldiers and of their family members.


The cemetery board seems to have been sponsored by a bread company.


Unfortunately one sees lack of maintenance and upkeep.




It will not cost a fortune to get these graves done up and to give them a fresh lease of life. After all it is a part of our heritage.

ludhiana-2-3-14-043-leila-gouch-480-40In memory of, Leila Gouch,

beloved child of Arthur and Frances Brecher,

died December 12, 1855, aged 14 months.


Sacred to the memory of Henry Noble Knox,

the infant son of Colonel Alfred Knox,

born 13th December 1811, Obiit 3rd February, 1815.


Sacred to the memory of,

Robert St. Clare Burrowes

died 23rd November, 1844,

In his 90th year.


In the loving memory of our son

Alfred Robert James

born 20th May, 1887 and died on 10th Sert. 1917

Age 30 years, 2 months and 20 days.


Sacred to the memory of

John Balfour

of Tarbetness in Scotland,

Late Surgeon 2nd Batt., 16th Reg. Nat: Infy.

Who departed this life on 20th May 1849

In the Forty-Fifth year of his age.

Erected by his friends in the Corps as tribute to the esteem & regret.

(To be continued)


Photos, text and copyright: K.J.S.Chatrath

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