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.


The Garrison Cemetery, Seringapatam.  Bacsa contributed a grant towards its renovation

The Garrison Cemetery, Seringapatam. Bacsa contributed a grant towards its renovation

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 Events in 2016

4 April, 11.30 am:  Bacsa’s Annual General Meeting: appointments and elections to the Executice Committee; reports on Bacsa’s activities during the past year.  At the Victory Services Club,  63-79 Seymour Street, London, W2 2HF

The Families in British India Society is holding a number of events over the coming months:

1 March, 2 pm:  Joint workshop with British Library on Researching Ancestors who Served in The Armies of British India.  Book a free place by contacting the Library at

5 March, 10 am:  Lecture on Researching British India Family history at the Suffolk Record Office, 77 Raingate Street, Bury St Edmunds. IP32 2AR

7-9 April, 9-30 am-5.30 pm:  Fibis Stand at the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham

14 May:  10.30am to 12.30pm: Drop-in surgery at which Fibis experts will be available to help with genealogical enquiries on a one-to-one basis, followed at 1.15 pm by an open meeting on the Diversity of Sources of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials in British India.  Both events at ‘Resource for London’, 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA