‘Respectful homage to brave Larro Puni ji- Indian soldier WWI’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

DSC01531Homage to late Larro Puni ji of Manipur, India who sacrificed his life in saving France during World War I.

He lies buried in the Mazargues cemetery, Marseilles, France.

Photo taken on 17th October, 2014.

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‘WWIs Brave Indian soldiers lying in Mazargues cemetery, Marseilles, France- a homage and a curtain raiser’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

DSC01407 580 40Mazargues Cemetery, Marseilles, France.

I went to Marseilles in France in Mid-October and had the privilege of visiting and paying my homage to the brave Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during the First World War.

There are around single 950 graves, each dedicated to an Indian soldier. I was able to photograph each of these graves. I would be working on this topic further.

As a curtain raiser, here are two photos of one of the graves.

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(*’Ji’ is an Indian suffix showing respect)

Copyright – K.J.S.Chatrath November 2014.

 

‘Recoleta cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Part-III’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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(i) ‘Recoleta- one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world, Buenos Aires, Argentina’ by K.J.S.Chatrath: http://gravematters.in/?p=1450

(ii) ‘Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina -one of the most impressive cemeteries in the world- Part II,’ by K.J.S.Chatrath: http://gravematters.in/?p=1546

 

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‘Graves in Dagshai cemetery, India’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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Dagshai in Himachal Pradesh in  India is an old cantonemnt or military station. Since it is at an elevation and therefore enjoys a cool climate and is quite next to the plains, the Britishers chose it for one of their military stations.

It is located on top of a 5689 feet (1734 mtr) high hillock by the side of the Kalka-Shimla highway at about 11 km from Solan. It was founded in 1847 by the East India Company by securing free of cost five villages (Dabbi, Badhtiala, Chunawad, Jawag and Dagshai) from Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala.

There are two christian cemeteries in Dagshai, one in the cantoneemment area. There is a wall around with an iron gate. There is another cemetery in the Anech village about a kilometer from this site. There are some interesting stories about the Anech cemetery being visited by ghosts, but we would come to those in another article. The present photo write-up is about the walled cemetery.

Following a large scale mutiny by Irish soldiers in the British service at 1920, in support of the independence struggle then unfolding in their homeland, dozens of mutineers were incarcerated at Dagshai Prison. On November 2, 1920, mutineer leader James Daly – a 21-year-old private – was shot by a firing squad in the prison courtyard, the last member of the British Forces to be executed for mutiny. He was buried at the Dagshai graveyard until 1970, when his remains were repatriated to Ireland and given a funeral with full military honours.

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This stone informs that this cemetery was thoroughly renovated and repaired by the 93 Highlanders in 1893.

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The 2nd Bihar Regiment of the Indian army renovated this cemetery  in 1968 and then in 2004.

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In love for his memory and in sorrow for his early death,

friends have placed this monument to mark the grave of

N. David S. Wallich, Surgeon 1st Bengal Cavalry,

born 10th October 1824, died on 9th June 1863,

aged 39 years.

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Sacred to the memory of Edward Henry Priestlew

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 Memory of

Isabella Florence,

the beloved child of Dr. Macrae,

HMs 53rd Regiment,

on 25th July 1855 at 6 months.

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 Eward Bowyen Denison

Youngest child of Rev. D.P. Williams, Senior Chaplain,

& Augusta Louisa, his wife,

Born at Dagshai 17th July, 1871

Died of diptheria 10th November, 1872.

Anearby grave is of Edward’s sister, Bertha. The inscription reads as follows:

Bertha Alice

child of Rev. D.P.Williams, Senior Chaplain

and his wife Louisa,

born at Dagshai 12th February, 1866

died of diptheria on 20th November 1872.

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The above inscription shows that the grave stone was chisselled/ inscription engraved by a W.Wilson, sculptor of Merrut, Uttar Pradesh, India.

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

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‘Recoleta- one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world, Buenos Aires, Argentina’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

I have an inexplicable interest in graves. One of the reasons why I visited Argentina a few years back was to see the Recoleta cemetery. I had seen a number of photographs of this cemetery on the internet and was keen to visit it first hand. I was lucky to have made this trip to Buenos Aires.

La Recoleta Cemetery, which in Spanish is called Cementerio de la Recoleta, is located in the Recolata neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. When the city of Buenos Aires ws founded in1580 by Juan de Garay, the distribution of land was made to the members of his expedition. Rodrigo Oritz de Zarafe was awarded the area of what is now known as the Recoleta neighbourhood. owing its name to a derivation of the Convent and Church of the Recoletes Fathers who arrived here in the beginning of the 16th century.

It contains the graves of notable people, including the Presidents of Argentina, famous Eva Peron, Nobel Prize winners, the founder of the Argentine Navy and a granddaughter of Napoleon. The other distinguished Argentinians whose mortal remains lie buried here include Juan Bautista Alberdi, Manuel Dorrego, Bartolomé Mitre, Juan Manuel de Rosas, Cornelio Saavedra, Guillermo Brown, and Domingo Faustino Sarmiento.

In 2011, the BBC listed it as one of the world’s best cemeteries. In 2009, Lonely Planet too put it in its list of the 10 best cemeteries. This year, 2013, the CNN has included it among its choice of the 10 most beautiful cemeteries in the world

It is one of the main tourist attractions of the Recoleta neighborhood. It was designed by the French architect  Prosper Catelin, at the request of the Argentinan President Bernardina Rivadavia. It was started  in 1822.

The cemetery is located next to the former monastery of the Recollect Fathers. It is an outstanding display of nineteenth- and twentieth-century funerary art and architecture, with private family crypts of the bourgeoisie and mausolea of the landowning classes.

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An information board with a map in the Recoleta neighbourhood.

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The limited space is absolutely full of graves, with only small paths in between.

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There is a strange peace and calm in the atmosphere. The place is definitely neither depressing nor does it give a feeling of sadness.

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A vault containing many deceased.

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You might be wondering why I have not included a photo of the grave of the charismatic Eva Peron? Please wait for Part-II of this photo article which will be put up soon.

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Every Tuesday and Thursday there are free English guided tours starting at 11:00 am from the main entrance at Calle Junin. You may like to check up for the latest schedule. The tour takes about 120 minutes of walking.

 (Text with inputs from the internet.)

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

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‘Holavallagardur cemetery, Reykjavik, Iceland’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

I visited the Holavallagardur cemetery in Reykjavik, Iceland in June 2012. It is the largest Icelandic cemetery, dating from the 19th century, and is managed by KGRP (Capital Area Cemeteries Management Committee). This Committee was set up in 1998 to promote its preservation and to manage repairs and changes.The cemetery was established in 1839 and was used till mid 1900’s.

p1330394-380-50The matrix of the cemetery.

This cemetery is the only forested part of Reykjavik.

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The most famous resident of this cemetery is Jon Sigurdsson, who was the leader of Iceland’s independence movement.

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Sigurdur Jonsson’s grave.

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The monuments in the cemetery are generally the works of known Nordic artists and tradesmen or monuments with reliefs executed by them.

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In 2004 some of the primary schools in Reykjavik entered into an agreement with KGRP, allowing the cemetery to become the local wooded area for the pupils and teachers. The cemetery contains about two hundred kinds of tree, bush and perennial plants and it is the oldest preserved grove in the old part of Reykjavik.

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Rather unusual-pillars on two graves made of shining stainless steel.

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Just a stone can be as expressive of the loss and its rememberance…

p1330396-380-50A metallic disc on a tree stump- quite original.

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I was told that in Reykjavik’s long winters the area looks all white, but it was bright with lovely colourful flowers blooming during my visit in the month of June.  p1330397-380-50

All  Rest in Peace!

I would surely recommend a quiet reflective walk in this cemetery to all the fifty plus travellers.

(Text with inputs from the internet)

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

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“French graves, Pondicherry, Part-1” by K.J.S.Chatrath

Sketch of world map showing Pondicherry

 Here are some photos of the graves in the French cemetery at Pondicherry.

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Ici repose Mme. D. Janet nee’ Sice, nee’ le 6 Janvier 1851, decedee le 1 Mai, 1881.

Priez pour elle.

(She died at the young age of 30.)

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Ici reposent, la famille Neff. Paul Neff. Catherine Neff.

P.P.E

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Ici reposent, Ursule et Edmon Phaure.

Louise Phaure- nee’ le 3 Mai 1814, decedee’ le 1 Octobre, 1819.

(The little girl child died at the age of 5.)

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Laure Cornet, nee’ le 19 avril 1892, decedee’  30 Janvier 1898.

(This girl child too died at the age of 6 only.)

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Ci-Git, Joseph Le Peltier, Sous Comre. de la Marine de 1re Classe, age de 50 ans. Decede’ le 25 Mars 1865. Priez pour lui.

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Hermance Pereira

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Tombeau de famille. Eliza Desjardins, 1854-1936.

Marcien Desjardins, 1882-1938.

A. Sice’.

P.P.E. (The full form priez pour eux means ‘pray for them’)

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Freeman

(Please see my book for the full inscription)

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Ici reposent, Elmyre et Paul Baptiste

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Claire O’Connell nee’ Blin, decedee’ le 25 Decembre, 1904.

It is said that the young lady died on the night of her marriage – on 25th December, 1904. Clasped hands, a male and a female indicate marriage. There is also a small owl depicted on the grave- depicting bad luck.

Readers may like to go through my book  

“The Last Post: Inscriptions on French graves in India”

(http://pothi.com/pothi/book/dr-k-j-s-chatrath-last-post-inscriptions-french-graves-india-0) for more on this topic.

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

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

“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.