Lord Speaker to pay respects at CWGC Gauhati War Cemetery
18 February 2015
Rt Hon. Baroness D'Souza CMG, the Lord Speaker of the House of
Lords, will lead a UK parliament delegation travelling to CWGC
Gauhati War Cemetery, India on Thursday (February 19) to visit
Second World War graves.
Nine members from the United Kingdom's House of Lords and the
House of Commons will join the Lord Speaker in paying their
respects at the cemetery, where 486 Commonwealth servicemen are
either buried or commemorated.
The parliamentarians are in India to strengthen links and
co-operation between India and Britain.
They will be in Gauhati (Guwahati) on Thursday and Friday
following a series of meetings and interactive sessions in Delhi
CWGC Gauhati War Cemetery Manager Salew Pfotte said: "The
Commission is pleased to host the delegation at the cemetery, which
was created during the Second World War for burials from the
several military hospitals posted in the area. Hopefully the
attention generated by their visit will encourage more visitors to
come and pay their respects to the fallen."
British Deputy High Commissioner (Kolkata) Scott Furssedonn-Wood
said: "The Gauhati War Cemetery is a special site because this is
where Hindu, Muslim and Christian soldiers who fell during the
Great War were [cremated or] buried."
"The Commission is doing an amazing job in preserving the legacy
of the soldiers who laid down their lives during the war," he