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Centenary of the end of World War I, Remembrance Day, Kolkata

November 14, 2018 2 comments

Centenary of the end of World War I

Remembrance Day, Kolkata

I’m privileged to be here in Kolkata and had the opportunity to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in war. We recognise India’s remarkable contribution to the war efforts….

Bruce Bucknell. British Deputy High Commissioner, Kolkata

Remembrance Day 18 C1

100th Remembrance Sunday at Kolkata. L: Bhowanipore Cemetery, C: Glorious Dead Cenotaph, Maidan and R: St. John’s Church

It was the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 2018 the buglers sounded the Last Post followed by a two minutes silence, which was broken by the sounding of The Rouse.

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Teen Murti Memorial, Delhi

June 27, 2018 2 comments

Teen Murti Memorial, Delhi

A memorial of Mysore, Jodhpur and Hyderabad soldiers of WWI

See also: Compilation of World War Memorials

The Indian Army during World War I contributed a large number of divisions and independent brigades to the European, Mediterranean and the Middle East theatres of war in World War I. Over one million Indian troops served overseas, of whom 62,000 died and another 67,000 were wounded. In total at least 74,187 Indian soldiers died during the war.

Teen Murti Memorial, Teen Murti Chowk, Delhi

Teen Murti Memorial, Teen Murti Chowk, Delhi

Today numerous memorials of the Indian soldiers in World War I dot the Indian landscape. They consists of well known towering memorials of British soldiers to hidden memorials dedicated to unknown regiments.

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Remembrance Sunday, Glorious Dead Cenotaph, Kolkata

November 18, 2016 2 comments

Remembrance Sunday

Glorious Dead Cenotaph, Kolkata

Also see: Remembrance Sunday at St. John’s Church, Kolkata

In Remembering the terrible cost of the war, let us all work for peace and peaceful resolution of our difference.

Bruce Bucknell. British Deputy High Commissioner, Kolkata

Remembrance Sunday, Glorious Dead Cenotaph, Kolkata

Remembrance Sunday, Glorious Dead Cenotaph, Kolkata

The First World War (WWI), which was the known as the Great War of 1914 – 18, ended on 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year ie: 11:00 am of 11 Nov, 1918.

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India Gate, a memorial to known and unknown soldiers, New Delhi

September 21, 2016 6 comments

India Gate, a memorial to known and unknown soldiers

Rajpath (Kingsway), New Delhi

This was Rajpath – once the Kingsway – one of the greatest ceremonial ways of the world. It was planned as an Imperial Champs Elysees – complete with India Gate, its own butter coloured Arc de Triomphe. But it was far wider, far greener, far more magnificent than anything comparable in Europe.

William Dalrymple, City of Djinns

India Gate, Rajpath (Kingsway), New Delhi

India Gate, Rajpath (Kingsway), New Delhi

India Gate (originally called the All India War Memorial), the icon of Delhi, stands at the eastern end of Rajpath (formerly Kingsway). India Gate is a memorial to 80,000+ soldiers of the undivided Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the First World War. It is also dedicated to the fallen soldiers of the Third Anglo-Afghan War. Of these 13,000+ names inscribed on the India Gate.

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Remembrance Sunday, St. John’s Church, Kolkata

December 30, 2015 11 comments

Remembrance Sunday, St. John’s Church, Kolkata

November 8, 2015

The First World War (WWI), which was the known as the Great War of 1914 – 18, ended on 11 November 1918 (11/11/18).

Remembrance Day, St. John's Church, Kolkata

Remembrance Day, St. John’s Church, Kolkata

A year later in 1919 King George V inaugurated the first commemoration of the end of the Great War of 1914 – 18.  Read more…

World War I (WWI) Plaque, Mehrauli, Delhi

July 16, 2014 5 comments

World War I (WWI) Plaque

Mehrauli, Delhi

Also see: World War I (WWI) Posts and Monuments of Mehrauli

World War I (WWI) plaque, Mehrauli, Delhi

World War I (WWI) plaque, Mehrauli, Delhi

Located on the southern edge of Delhi, Mehrauli is a region known for its large collection of Mughal and pre Mughal tombs and monuments.

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The Glorious Dead Cenotaph, Calcutta (Kolkata)

June 5, 2013 1 comment

The Glorious Dead Cenotaph

Maidan, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Also see: World War I (WWI) Memorials in Calcutta (Kolkata)

Glourious Dead Cenotaph, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Glorious Dead Cenotaph, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Cenotaph literally means an empty tomb or monument erected in honour of a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere.

Located on the Northern end of the Calcutta (Kolkata) Maidan the Glorious Dead Cenotaph is the most well known of the WWI Memorials of Calcutta (Kolkata). It is popularly but wrongly known as the “Memorial of Unknown Soldiers.”

Designed by architect Herbert William Palliser, the sandstone built memorial loosely resembles the Cenotaph of Whitehall, London.

Built in 1924 the  Glorious Dead Cenotaph commemorates those Calcutta British and Anglo Indians who gave their lives for King and Country between 1914 and 1918. The Eastern side of the cenotaph bears the inscription “Glorious Dead” on the lower portion.

The top portion of the Southern and Northern side contains strange inscription of MCMXIV and MCMXVIII respectively. But this are actually not random alphabets but Roman numerals representing 1914 and 1918, the beginning and end of the Great War. (M = 1000, C = 100, X = 10, V = 5,  I = 1).

Strangely the memorial contains no plaques with the names of those fallen and probably because of this the memorial is commonly known as the memorial of unknown soldiers.

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Armenian Genocide Day, Armenian Church, Calcutta (Kolkata)

May 1, 2013 9 comments

Armenian Genocide Day

24 April, Armenian Church, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Also see my blog post on Armenians of Calcutta (Kolkata)

“When we were marching from Mosul, Jumman [a sweaper of Bengal Ambulance Corps] saw an Armernian child on the banks of a stream near Ras al-‘Ain and picked him up. His mother must have died, and his father must have been killed… Jumman took on the responsibility of looking after the boy and named him Babulal. He used to call Jumman father (‘Baba’).”

Abhi le Bagdad by Sisir Sarbadhikiri

Source: Amitav Ghosh’s Blog

Armenian Genocide Day, Armenian Church, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Armenian Genocide Day, Armenian Church, Calcutta (Kolkata)

The amazing account came from a Bengal Ambulance Corps (BAC) volunteer Sisir Sarbadhikari’s diary which was later published as a book named Abhi le Bagdad (literally meaning Onwards to Bagdad). Written in Bengali it is a amazing first hand account of World War I (WWI). It is quiet likely that the Armenian boys parents were victims of the notorious Armenian Genocide.

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World War I (WWI) Memorials, Calcutta (Kolkata)

April 17, 2013 24 comments

World War I Memorials, Calcutta (Kolkata)

A Compilation of WWI Memorials in Calcutta (Kolkata)

From fallen soldiers to innocent victims of mass genocide, Calcutta (Kolkata) houses several memorials in memory of the martyrs of the Great War of 1914 – 18 (World War I). From well known towering memorials of British soldiers to hidden memorials dedicated to unknown regiments. Calcutta (Kolkata) WWI Memorials not only covers a wide range of history but also a diversified architectural style.

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Lascar War Memorial, Calcutta (Kolkata)

February 6, 2013 13 comments

Lascar War Memorial

~ Napier Road, Calcutta (Kolkata) ~

See also: Compilation of WWI Memorials in Calcutta (Kolkata) and Indian Naval Band Performence

Lascar War Memorial, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Lascar War Memorial, Calcutta (Kolkata)

“He had thought that the Lascars were a tribe or nation….. he discovered now that they came  from places that were far apart, and had nothing in common, except the Indian Ocean; among them were Chinese and East Africans, Arabs and Malays, Bengalis and Goans, Tamils and Arakanese.”

Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh

Sandwiched between the two buildings of the Navy House in Napier Road in Hasting region of Calcutta (Kolkata) stands a towering structure built in the honor of 896 Lascars, who died fighting for the British Navy during the Great War of 1914 – 18 (First World War).

The 100 ft memorial built in the Indo-Mughal style has prows of an ancient galley projecting from each side and is capped by four mini minarets and a large dome. Along the facade are undulating lines symbolizing waves.

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