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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 and Kolkata.

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 added.

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