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.
On 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.
Alexander Milne, CME
Erected by old friends and members of the local branch of the Indian Tea Associationas a token of appreciation and esteem. IMIGAD.
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* I would soon be putting up an article on BACSA and the invaluable work done by it in India.