“The Last Post: Inscriptions on French graves in India” by K.J.S.Chatrath

Publication of the book “The Last Post: Inscriptions on French graves in India” by K.J.S.Chatrath front-the-last-post-front-580

 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 French cemeteries in India. This work deals with the French cemeteries and graves in India. Major French cemeteries in India are located in the erstwhile French colonies in India- Pondicherry, Karikal, Chandernagore, Yanam and Mahe, while there are also some scattered onces in different other places. These include graves of Jesuit Priests, Sisters of Cluny and Sisters of St. Joseph of Tarbes. This is an attempt to create a data base of the inscriptions on the French graves in India.

About the author: He retired from the IAS in 2003. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Paris for his thesis on the ‘Indo-French Diplomatic Relations’. He has authored a number of books – mostly on the France-India interface: ‘The Foreign Policy of France’, ‘India in the Debates of the French Parliment: 1945-1988’, ‘Ver la Lumiere: A Study of the French School System’, ‘France – A Brief Bibliography’, ‘A Glance at France’ and ‘The French Collection’ etc..

The last two books that he brought out a few months back are “The Balasore Papers; 1693-1949- A compendium of important documents relating to the Anglo-French dispute over the French Loge in Balasore, India”  and “Some vignettes of Balasore and its French Loge.” Presently he is working on his next book on the contributions of little known Frenchmen in India.

Besides France and graves, his other interests are travel and trekking.

He stays in Panchkula and can be contacted at chatrath@gmail.com or through his website: www.gravematters.inwww.fiftyplustravels.com and the blog www.anaap-shnaap.blogspot.com.

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Back cover fof the book.

You can have a look at a few pages of the book by clicking at the following link: www.pothi.com.

Photographs, text and copyright by K.J.S.Chatrath.

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May I invite you to see my other website: www.fiftyplustravels.com and my blog www.anaap-shnaap.blogspot.com ?

These photographs are also available without watermark and in high resolution. Please contact chatrath@gmail.com.

“Palampur cemetery, Himachal Pradesh: photos of graves & inscriptions-I” by K.J.S.Chatrath

As the story goes,  Dr. Jameson, Superintendent of Botanical Gardens, introduced the tea bush from Almora to Palampur  in 1849. The bush thrived and a number of tea estates came up. Sadly the tea production now appears to be on the decline. There is a calm cemetery almost in the heart of the town. here are a few photographs of some of the graves and the inscriptions thereon.

The cemetery is just about 300 metres from the Hotel Tea Bud of the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (http://hptdc.nic.in/).

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The church in the premises.

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In memory of Captain A. Milner, 12th The Royal Irish, who died at Palumpore, 17th Septembre. 1879, aged 31 years.

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Sacred to the memory of Silus Kamble Whayman, who died at Bundla, 24th Septr. 1873 aged 31 years. This tomb is erected by the K.V.T.Co. and his beloved parents.

‘Thy will be done’.

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To the memory of …(illegible)el Nightingall Sparks, born the 10th December 1844, died the 26th September, 1879.

 

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Sacred to the memory of …   …(illegible), the beloved wife of Charles Davies, C.E., who died at Monsimbul, June 10th 1876, aged 51 years.

Martin Sculp.

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Robert Thatcher Bicknell

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Sacred to the memory of Robert Thatcher Bicknell, who died at byjnath, Kangra Valley, on 10th May 1885, aged 27 years. This tomb is erected by his many friends in the district.

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Sacred to the memory of James Elson Clarke, died at Dharmsala, 12th December 1876, aged   …(illegible)1 years.

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In loving memory of Captain Ormonde FitzGerald, Late 87th Royal Irish Fusilier, who died Sept. 24th 1891.

Blessed are they who die in the Lord. To live is Christ and to die is gain.

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Sacred to the memory of Cecilia Hestor Henrietta Peachey, aged 9 months & 5 days. died 20th June 1876.

Kunnan Lall & Sons, Sectr. Delhi.

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Sacred to the memory of Andrew Turnbull, Proprietor of the   Palampur Tea Estate, who died on 12th September 1899, aged 57.

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Photographs, text and copyright by K.J.S.Chatrath.

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May I invite you to see my other website: www.fiftyplustravels.com and my blog www.anaap-shnaap.blogspot.com ?

These photographs are also available without watermark and in high resolution. Please contact chatrath@gmail.com.

Gravematters.in

Welcome to my just started website: www.gravematters.in. My existing website on graves, www.europeangravesinindia.com would be getting subsumed in this new website.

Grave matters….matters of graves…graves and cemeteries….tombs and graves…cemeteries and graveyards….photos of gravestones from all over the world…inscriptions from all over the world…sad, inspirational and some with a sense of humour…

Photograph & text by K.J.S.Chatrath

My other website: www.fiftyplustravels.com