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.

Latest News

Just Published

A comprehensive new edition of the Burma Register of European Deaths and Burials, edited by Rosie Llewellyn-Jones.  Combining the original Register (1983) and the Supplement (1987), it is clearly arranged with an index of names and cemeteries and covers burials up to 1948.

212pp, 10 illustrations (including cover and back cover) and a map. ISBN 978 0 907799 99 3 £15.00.  Please await invoice before sending payment.  An additional charge will be made for post and packing.

Forthcoming Event

21 November 2015:  Our sister organisation, The Families in British India Society, will hold its Annual General Meeting at “Resource for London”, 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA.  The main programme begins at 1.15pm and will include lectures on:

The Herklots Folder of Photographs: early Coonoor and life in the Nilgiri Coffee Plantations

The History and records of the Indian Civil Service

During the morning, 10.30am to 12.30pm, there will be a drop-in ‘surgery’ at which Fibis experts will be available to help with genealogical enquiries on a one-to-one basis.

For full details of the programme and a map click here