BACSA - Cemetery Conservation and Archiving

New cemetery, Ghazipur-comp

The ‘new’ cemetery at Ghazipur, India, in need of renovation.

There are thousands of British and other European cemeteries, isolated graves and monuments in South Asia.  The Commonwealth War Graves Commission does an excellent job but its remit extends only to military cemeteries of the two World Wars. There is no official body to look after the graves of the thousands of soldiers killed during the many othe r wars and campaigns fought by the British in India, or of the hundreds of thousands of civilians who died in South Asia from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries.

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A well kept cemetery at Penang, Malaysia.

This is where Bacsa comes in.  Without our support many of these graves and monuments – witness to centuries of European residence in the area – will disappear. Our logo is an image of a chowkidar or ‘watchman’ for Bacsa acts as a kind of watchman over those many thousands who lie ‘gone but not forgotten’ in India and elsewhere in South Asia.

Forthcoming Event

Bacsa’s former secretary and current editor of Chowkidar, Dr. Rosie Llewellyn-Jones, MBE, will be giving a talk to the Families in British India Society entitled “Tales from Tombstones” on their value as a source for family history.

The event is on Saturday, 23 May at 1pm, at ‘Resource for London’, 356, Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA, and is open to all free of charge.  It is a 5 minute walk north of Holloway Road Underground Station two stops from King’s Cross on the Piccadilly line.

The programme opens with a talk on “The Railways of Burma – Their Development and their Personnel” by Dr. Mike Charney, from the School of Oriental & African Studies, followed by a break for tea, and “Tales from Tombstones” at 3.30pm.

A fine mausoleum at Jhansi

A fine mausoleum at Jhansi