Chattri Memorial

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An isolated location

By Mick Gates

If you take the trouble to visit it, you'll find it's quite an impressive thing, if a little spooky in that isolated position.  Why put it all the way up there, why couldn't it be in town like all the other memorials? Then again, it's a peaceful location for the poor souls who served our country.

posted on the website by Mick Gates on 19/09/2002
This page was added on 22/03/2006.
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If you take the trouble to visit it, you'll find it's quite an impressive thing, if a little spooky in that isolated position. Why put it all the way up there, why couldn't it be in town like all the other memorials? Then again, it's a peaceful location for the poor souls who served our country. I believe the Royal Pavilion was used as a hospital for Indian troops in the First World War. Those who died were cremated on the exact site where the Chattri now stands - and hence its lonely location.
By Sue Law (26/04/2006)

Firstly, it commemorates Indian troops killed in WW1 not WW2 as stated. Secondly, it was the site of the funeral pyre where Indian casualties from battles such as Loos and Neuve Chapelle in France were cremated, having died of their wounds in local hospitals, such as the Pavilion or the Grammar School.

By John Black (12/04/2007)

Well, that explains its remote position: it wouldn't have been countenanced nearer the town.

By Len Liechti (01/02/2010)

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