The British Empire Library

Burma Register of European Deaths and Burials

Edited by Rosie Llewellyn-Jones

Book Review by kind permission of Chowkidar, the journal of the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia
When this BACSA book was first published in 1983, under the editorship of the distinguished ICS officer, 'Robin' McGuire, it sold out immediately. Part of the charm of this unique book was that much of its information came from people who served in Burma before Independence in 1948. There is an anecdotal quality about some of the entries, which make them more vivid than the usual cemetery record books. An appeal was made for further information which was published in 1988 as the Supplement to Register of European Deaths and Burials. Three years later a programme of cemetery clearance was begun by the Burmese Government and the first casualty was the enormous Rangoon Cantonment Cemetery in the centre of the old city, which was relocated twice, losing most of its tombstones in the process. Luckily the Cemetery had been fairly extensively recorded before its demolition, and photographs taken too. Because so many Burial Registers had been lost or destroyed during World War Two, the Burma Register is in many cases the only reminder we have of the considerable number of Europeans, mainly Britons, who lived and died there. The two books, the original Register and the Supplement have now been amalgamated, the entries put into alphabetical order and new illustrations provided, to form the formal record of Burma's colonial past.
British Empire Book
Rosie Llewellyn-Jones
First Published
Review Originally Published
Autumn 2015 in Journal of the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia


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