‘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.



?? ?? (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,


Rest In Peace.


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 …

“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.



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