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DELHI 1914-1918 WAR MEMORIAL

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Country:
India
Identified Casualties:
0

Location Information

Proceed to Delhi Cantonment by taking the Ring Road in the direction of Nariana from Dhaula Kuan multi-level crossing and continue for 3 km to reach Brar Square traffic junction (adjacent to BASE Hospital). There are roadside boards on the right side of the road both sides of this junction. Take a right turn over the railway crossing and after apprximately 1km, you will find the cemetery on the right hand side of the road.

Latitude 28.61624
Longitude 77.14542

Visiting Information

The Delhi 1914-1918 War Memorial is situated within Delhi War Cemetery. The cemetery is open Monday to Friday from 7.45am - 5.00pm. For weekends and other festival holidays, the main entrance is locked, but access to the cemetery is possible via the side entrance next to the cemetery office building.

Wheelchair access to the cemetery is possible at all times via the side entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200.

Historical Information

The DELHI 1914-18 MEMORIAL stands in Delhi War Cemetery and was built to commemorates 153 First World War casualties buried in Meerut Cantonment Cemetery whose graves were considered unmaintainable after India gained its independence in 1947. For several years now, the Commission has been working to reinstate the original graves of the individuals commemorated here and as a result, their official commemoration location has now been reverted back to MEERUT CANTONMENT CEMETERY, although their names will remain on the DELHI 1914-18 MEMORIAL for the foreseeable future.

DELHI WAR CEMETERY was created in 1951 when graves from many cemeteries in northern India were moved into the site to ensure their permanent maintenance. Among them are graves from cantonment cemeteries in Allahabad, Cawnpore, Dehra Dun and Lucknow. There are now 1,022 Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War buried, or commemorated by special memorial, in this cemetery together with a number of war graves of other nationalities, mostly Dutch.

In 1966, 99 First World War burials were moved into the cemetery from Nicholson Cemetery, Kashmir Gate, Delhi, so that their permanent maintenance could be assured. A special memorial commemorates one casualty whose grave remains in Nicholson Cemetery.

The cemetery also contains the DELHI 1939-45 WAR MEMORIAL, commemorating more than 25,000 servicemen of the forces of undivided India who died during the Second World War in non-operational zones. Their remains were accorded the last rites and disposal required by their various religions and their names are commemorated at memorials in Delhi and Karachi. No names appear on the memorials but a Roll of Honour at each site, one in Hindi, the other in Urdu, record the names of those commemorated.