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.




Bacsa is pleased to announce

Reconsidering the Raj- Lecture Series

A series of five lectures presented by Bacsa in collaboration with the Institute of Historical Research.  Learn more>


Families in British India Society (Fibis)

28 October 2017 – AGM and Open Meeting – all welcome

Venue – Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA

Programme – 10 am-12 noon – Fibis experts available for those wanting help with their research; break for lunch (snacks available on site); 13.15 AGM; 14.00 film and presentation by Andrew McMeekin: “Thomas McMeekin’s Tea Times,” a story of life on a tea plantation; 15.00 break for tea; 15.30 introduction by Ian Smith to his new book : “The Bitter End of the British Raj” – (a family’s experience of Partition); 16.30 – 17.00 networking.