02 May That there’s some corner of a foreign field…
An abandoned British cemetery in a remote part of Nandi Hills is a poignant reminder of former times
“If I should die, think only this of me:
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is forever England….”
~ “Soldier”, A poem by Rupert Brooke
The village of Sultanpet and its abandoned British cemetery
Local conservation has kept alive this piece of history
A description of the graves
“Sacred to the memory of Lt. Col. Ridgeway Mealy, who died on the 19th of August 1805 at age 44”.
Links with storied Infantry Regiments of the past…
“Sacred to the memory of Major John Edward Gabriel of the Wallajabad Light Infantry
Who departed this life on the 23rd of March 1815 Aged 35 Years
This monument is erected as a tribute of affection and respect by his disconsolate widow.”
“In that rich earth, a richer dust oncealed…”
“There shall be in that rich earth, a richer dust concealed,
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England’s, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home”
- Pgs 42 and 43, Major Alexander Dirom, A Narrative of the Campaign in India, which terminated the War with Tippoo Sultan in 1792, London: W. Bulmer and Co., 1793
- See, http://barry-lewis.com/research/cemeteries/sultanpet/, last accessed on 29th December 2015.
- E-mail from Prof. Dr. Lewis, dated 23rd December 2015.
- See, http://wiki.fibis.org/index.php/32nd_Regiment_of_Madras_Native_Infantry, last accessed on 28th December 2015.
- See, http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=557681.0, last accessed on 28th December 2015.
- See, http://wiki.fibis.org/index.php/23rd_Regiment_of_Madras_Native_Infantry, last accessed on 29th December 2015.
- “Tiger of Mysore;The life and Death of Tipu Sultan” (Chatto and Windus, London. 1970); by Denys Forrest
- “A Narrative of the Campaign in India, which terminated the war with Tipoo Sultan in 1792”” (W Bulmer and Co); by Major Alexander Dirom