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 Event

29 October  Families in British India Society AGM and Open Meeting

Venue:  ‘Resource for London’, 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA

10.30am – 12 noon: Drop-in surgery at which Fibis experts will be available to help with genealogical enquiries on a one-to-one basis

1.15pm  Annual General Meeting
The South Indian Railway, as seen from Space. with 100-year-old photos from the British Raj by Mike Muirhead whose ancestor was an agent for the railway
Break for tea
The passage to India by Richard Morgan an expert on India-related maritime matters
16.30 – 17.00

The Meeting is free and open to all interested in the study of British India whether or not they are members of FIBIS.