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The British Cemetery at Lovedale near Ootacamund in the state of Tamil Nadu is a popular place for many British tourists whose forefathers were buried here and other cemeteries on the Nilgiri hills during the early colonial rule and later under the Raj. Opened in 1832, the site of the cemetery is part of the sprawling campus of The Lawrence School that was established in 1858 on the high hills covering 750-acre of land.
The Lawrence School is one the reputed schools in India and has a few branches in North India in the lower Himalayan hills. It was founded in memory of Major General Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence, KCB, who died in the First major War of Indian Independence against British Rule in 1857 - commonly known in Britain as the ‘Indian Mutiny which is a misnomer’. The big rebellion almost shook the foundation of the British Empire which later was suppressed with great difficulty.
It was founded by Maj. Gen. Lawrence with a view to providing education to the children of the deceased and serving soldiers and officers of the British army in India and is run by the Protestant sect with strict adherence to their religious code. Later the school admitted children from native Indians. With the departure of the British in August 1947, the Raj came to an end, however, this public school has close link with the Indian military and the students of Indian Defense Personnel get 20% discount on fees etc.
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There was proposal to repair and conserve the graves and statues
With funds provided by the alumni association of the Lawrence school, the conservation project was initiated in tandem with the BACSA . The alumni association petitioned the school in 2016 for the restoration and maintenance of the school cemetery thus evincing a keen desire to ever continue the close link of the school with the cemetery where old school students lie buried. The school’s heritage’ site should not go into oblivion due to lack of funds and neglect. The old boys association moved in the right direction to restore the past connectivity of the British legacy with the present, thus paying obeisance to the blessed souls in the grave.