The Madras War Memorial (1914-1918) is located in the premises of Madras War Cemetery, in Mount-Ponamallee Road, Nandambakkam near Guindy. The war memorial itself doesn’t contain any buried dead-bodies, but it contains plaques with the names of many British soldiers who died in the World Wars 1914 – 1918 & 1939 – 1945.
“THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE” is the first inscription you’d come across when you enter the memorial. A society can be considered to be civilized when it respects people, and honors them even after their death. It might seem that we live in an extremely selfish world filled with opportunists and selfish people. But the same world has built memorials for the people who lost their lives, fighting a war for others. Remembering and respecting the dead, has been ingrained in almost all the cultures across the world in various forms.
It seems this memorial was built in 1952 by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), England and it has been maintained by them in partnership with Government of India. The memorial is styled on the lines of a ‘Lawn Cemetery’ and has been maintained exceptionally well.
Its the gripping silence that catches one’s fancy inside this memorial. When I went, I was the only visitor to this huge lawn, memorial cum garden and the place is an excellent choice if you want to resign off for a small time form the hustle and bustle of the city. I even lied down on one of the stone seater and closed my eyes for sometime – The ambiance makes you feel like you are in England!
The above inscription says it all – “The soldiers whose names are honoured here served and died during the 1914-1918 war and are buried elsewhere in India”. Now tell me after you look at the below picture – Does this look like a place in Chennai or UK? 🙂
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