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''Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife,
Their sober wishes never learned to stray;
Along the cool sequestered vale of life,
They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.''
...........Thomas Gray from“Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.”
Garrison Cemetery in Srirangapatnam on the banks of the Cauvery river is one of earliest colonial cemeteries in south India. Close to the Bangalore - Mysore Highway, it is a sprawling graveyard with about 307 graves of European officers who lost their lives in the final assault on Tipu Sultan and his army during the siege of his fort in1799. Tipu Sultan was killed in the battler that led to the restoration of the Mysore kingdom to the royal dynasty of the Wodiyar family by the English company.
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|Srirangapatnam, Karnataka. mysore.ind.in|
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The Garrison Cemetery project has been generously funded and initiated by the Swiss-based members of de Meuron family, especially late Luis Dominic de Meuron, his wife Monique, the direct descendants of the de Meuron family associated with the de Meuron Regiment in India, who continue to care and upkeep the site. The completed restoration has been widely admired.