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.

What we do

We record the locations of cemeteries and monuments, and the inscriptions on headstones. We publish cemetery and church records containing names, inscriptions and biographical notes on individual tombs and gravestones. We support local people active in the restoration and conservation of European graveyards. Well over 100 projects have benefited from Bacsa funding.

This site

On this site you will find more details About our activities, examples of the Conservation Projects which Bacsa has supported, lists of the Cemetery Record and other Books we have published, and details of our Archives which have been built up over more than 30 years  to form a unique record of over 1,300 cemeteries taken from many different sources and often including headstone inscriptions and photographs.

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.