Cemetery files

St John's Church, Meerut

St John’s Church, Meerut

The cemetery files are the principal series in the archive, and there is a file for almost all the cemeteries known to Bacsa.  The cemeteries are listed below by geographical area.   Click on the relevant area to see the list.

Theon Wilkinson created a file for any cemetery he knew of in the hope that sooner or later information would come in. And it often has, so if you are lucky you may find any or all of the following on the cemetery which interests you: reports  and photographs of  its condition before and (if there has been repair work) after conservation, lists of burials and inscriptions, and correspondence about the cemetery especially if a conservation project was under consideration. However some files still contain very little, perhaps only one page noting the cemetery’s existence and a few details about it.

The cemeteries are listed below by geographical area.   Click on the relevant area to see the list.

The files sometimes go beyond just cemetery matters: there may also be information on the towns in which they are located, on individuals and families buried in them, indeed on anything which may be of interest. And there are separate series of United Kingdom monumental inscriptions relating to India, family histories, and reference materials: see other archive resources for these.

The Bacsa archivists will be pleased to receive photographs and reports to add to the archive.  A fresh report on a well visited cemetery will update our information on its condition, while one on a cemetery off the beaten track may well be the first news we have on it.  Click here for further advice on visiting cemeteries.


 Andamans and Andhra Pradesh



Calcutta and West Bengal



 Haryana  Himachal Pradesh


Madhya Pradesh






Tamil Nadu

Uttar Pradesh

India – all cemeteries – try this if you do not know where your cemetery is located

India – non-British nationalities

Other Countries



Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Sikkim and Tibet

Middle East, Mediterranean and North Africa

South East Asia, the Far East, Australia and Fiji

Sub-Saharan Africa, Indian Ocean and South Atlantic Islands

Worldwide – military graves and memorials

Where are they?

Both the Cemetery archive and the Administrative archive are open to public access at the British Library in London where they are held as individual collections in the India Office Private Papers (under shelfmarks Mss Eur F370 and F605) and can be consulted in the Asian and African Studies Reading Room.  Persons wishing to do so must have a British Library Reader Pass: click here for details of how to obtain one. On your first visit the staff on the Enquiry Desk will be happy to explain how to order the files. If you have questions regarding the  files which they cannot answer the Bacssa archivists Richard Bingle or David Blake richard.bingle@btopenworld.com or dandmblake2@gmail.com may be able to help.

The archives contain material dating from Bacsa’s foundation to roughly 2011. Some files have continuation files not yet transferred to the Library: enquiries to Richard or David as above.