‘Landsdowne cemetery, Uttrakhand, India, Part-II’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

You may like to see my earlier photo article ‘Landsdowne cemetery, Uttrakhand, India, Part-I’ by clicking at the following link: http://gravematters.in/?p=2076

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Very thoughtfully all the graves have been listed out on these two boards. That is possible since it is very small cemetery.

Landsdowne Sept 2015 196 640 50The oldest death recorded is in 1900.

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Landsdowne Sept 2015 205 640 25Captain James Attwood Simpson  died at the young age of 31 years and 8 months.  Monsoon months used to take a toll on the Britishers in India through malaria. This death took place in the rainy month of July. One must read late Theon Wilkinson’s book ‘Two Monsoons’

Landsdowne Sept 2015 207 640 25Arthur Patrick Bateman-Champain. Age at death- 41 years.

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Landsdowne Sept 2015 210 640 25Duncan Arnold Canney, Senior Chaplain. He too died in the rainy month of July.

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Edith, wife of Major H.R.S. Reed, too died in the month of July.

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Louis John Bischoff, born in Dublin also died in Landsdowne in the month of July.

Landsdowne Sept 2015 225 640 25May their souls rest in peace.

(Coming shortly- Part-III of this article)

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‘Landsdowne cemetery, Uttrakhand, India, Part-I’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

Located in the Garhwal area of the state of Uttarakhand, Lansdowne is a small picturesque hill station. It is at a height of 1706 m above sea level and has  very pleasant  weather throughout the year. In fact, due to its weather and scenic beauty, Lansdowne was a popular hill resort for the British, and they built a cantonment here which is still preserved and maintained well.

Lansdowne is named after its founder Lord Lansdowne, the Viceroy of India during 1888-1894. Currently, the command office of the legendary Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army is in Lansdowne. The Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial and the Regimental Museum are worth a visit.
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The cemetery here is located in the army area but is open to public. As soon as one enters the main gate, one finds a signboard pointing out towards the cemetery. The short 300 metres walk to the cemetery is easy to negotiate. I visited this cemetery in August 2015.

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Landsdowne Sept 2015 251 380 50That is me at the entrance of this cemetery.

In the second part of this photo-article which will follow soon, I would present photos of some inscriptions on graves in this cemetery and some analysis.

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‘French graves, Pondicherry, Part-II’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

?? elisabeth 580 33(Ici repose, Elisabeth Cloth De Vassou, decedee’ le 26 Septembre, 1889, a l’age de 65 ans, Priez pour elle.)

Here rests

Elisabeth Cloth De Vassou,

died on 26th Semtember, 1889

at the age of 65.

Pray for her.

firmin 580 33(Tombeau de famille- Ici repose Firmin Joachim Vassou, Decede’ le 13 Avril 1878, a l’age de 62 ans. Priez pour lui)

Family Tomb

Here lies Firmin Joachim Vassou. Died on 13th April 1878

at the age of 62 years.

Pray for him.

masker 580 33(Ici reposent, Marie Leongine Masker, nee’ le 24-12-1873, decedee’ le 24-8-1910 – Claire Marius Masker, Nee’ le 12-8-1872 et decedee’ le 12.2.1925)

Here rest Marie Leongine Masker, born on 24-12-1873 and died on le 24-8-1910.

Claire Marius Masker, born on 12-8-1872 and died on 12.2.1925.

Quite interestingly Marie was born on 24th of a month and died on 24th of another month. Similarly Claire was born on 12th of a month and died on 12th of another month!

pierre 580 33(Ci git, Pierre Frion, ne’ a Bordeaux, le 20 Fevrier 1794. Decede’ a Pondicherry a le 15 Aout 1862.)

Here lies

Pierre Frion born in Bordeaux

on 20th February, 1794

Died at Pondicherry

on 15th August 1862.

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?? ?? (Sylvain Robinet, Chrurgien De L’Armee Royale, Ne’ a Rouchefort, 7th May 1796. Decede’ a Pondichery le 5th 8re 1841. Sa veuve et ses amis inconconsolables…..This isncription is hazy and not very clear).

Sylvain Robinet,

Surgeon of the Royal Army,

Born at Rouchefort, 7th May 1796.

Died at Pondichery on 5th 8re 1841.

His inconsolable widow and friends.

urbain 580 33(A la memoire de M. Perdiron Urbain, Inspecteur Primaire, Decede’ le 27 Avril 1890. Hommage de pieux souvenir et de reconnaissance du corps Enseignment Primaire de l’Inde  Francaise.)

In the memory of

M. Perdiron Urbain, Primary Inspector,

Died on 27th April, 1890.

Hommage of pious souvenir and  rememberence of the Corps of Primary Education

in French India.

bayoud 580 33(Jeanne BAYOUD, nee’ VERDIER, 1880-1954, R.I.P.)

Jeanne Bayoud,

Nee’ Verdier,

1880-1954,

Rest In Peace.

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Readers are invited to see my earlier photo articles on this subject that appeared in this website:

(1) “French graves, Pondicherry, Part-1″ by K.J.S.Chatrath; Posted on July 15, 2012 ; http://gravematters.in/?p=828
Sketch of world map showing Pondicherry … Here are some photos of the graves in the French cemetery at Pondicherry. Ici repose Mme. D. Janet nee’ Sice, nee’ le 6 Janvier 1851, decedee le 1 Mai, 1881. Priez pour elle. …

(2) “The Last Post: Inscriptions on French graves in India” by K.J.S.Chatrath; http://gravematters.in/?p=402; Posted on June 4, 2012
Publication of the book “The Last Post: Inscriptions on French graves in India” by K.J.S.Chatrath Brief description of the book: While some of the British cemeteries in India are well known, not much is known about the Portuguese and the …

(3) “Do not disturb!” by K.J.S.Chatrath; Posted on May 17, 2012 http://gravematters.in/?p=135
Some persons working in the cemeteries are known to come across some inexplicable experiences. I have been visiting the cemeteries and especially the French cemeteries in India for almost ten years for my research work on inscriptions on French graves …

‘Santiago cemetery, Chile, Part-I’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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Generally it is not easy for a visitor to locate a cemetery in a new town. However I found the General cemetery in Santiago, Chile to be one of the easiest to locate. The reason is simple. There is a Metro station named Cementerios and one has just to take the metro, get down at the Cementerios station and come out of the station.

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The Cementerio General de Santiago, Chile is one of the largest cemeteries in Latin America with an estimated 2 million burials. The cemetery was established in 1821 after Chile’s independence when Bernardo O’Higgins inaugurated the Alameda de las Delicias along the old course of the Mapocho River.

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This cemetery is the final resting place for at least 172 of the most influential people in Chile, including all but two of the deceased Presidents of Chile, the exceptions being Gabriel González Videla and Augusto Pinochet.

One of the most visited memorials is that of former President Salvador Allende who had been buried in the Santa Ines cemetery at Viña del Mar following his suicide in the 1973 coup d’état. With the democratic changes that began in the 1990s, Allende was exhumed and his remains were transported in a solemn procession through the streets of Santiago to a place of honor in the Cementerio General de Santiago. The cemetery also has a memorial to the people that were ‘disappeared’ during the regime of Augusto Pinochet that ousted President Allende.

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The gatehouse that serves as the main entrance to the cemetery is crowned by a dome, which acts as a terminating vista for La Paz Avenue. This entrance is preceded by the Plaza La Paz, a semicircular plaza whose curved portion is framed by two exposed brick arcades. At the center of the square stands a monument dedicated to the people who died in the Church of the Company Fire.

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The historical portion of the cemetery was designated as a national monument in 2010

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Sshh…Be respectfully quiet….Here lie the departed in perpetual sleep.

Metro station: Cementerios

Visiting hours for pedestrians:
Monday to Friday: from 8.30 to 18.00
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 8:00 to 18:00 hours.

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