Kolkata is home to a myriad of rustic charms is known far and wide but often in the hustle of a working day, we pass by certain treasures of history which ought to be given a second glance.
These are just a spec in the elaborate collection of world war memorials in Kolkata
Lascar War Memorial
Location : Napier Road, Hastings, near Prinsep Ghat.
This, almost a century old, war monument stands tall at 100ft and was erected in the memory of the 896 Lascars of undivided Bengal and Assam who lost their lives during World War I. Built by shipping and mercantile companies in Bengal and was inaugurated on 6th February 1924 by the then governor of Bengal, Lord Lytton.
Bengali War Memorial
Location: College Square, College Street.
Just at the entrance of the east gate of College Square stands this monument built to commemorate the martyrdom of those 49 Bengali soldiers who were killed in World War I and of whom we still remain oblivious.
Containing every detail of the 49th Bengali regiment- from the names of the warriors to the districts from where they hailed- this white marble column reminds us how ignorant we are of the glorious chapters of our history.
Location: DL Khan Road near Army Residence quarters
In use since 1864 and Maintained by the commonwealth war graves commission, this cemetery bears the graves of 95 first world war soldiers while the second world war burials being 617.
Closer observation reveals the grave of a Hindu soldier of the Indian army, that of an English soldier whose epitaph is in Hindi and a Nigerian grave carrying Arabic epitaph.
Glorious dead cenotaph
Location: Maidan, diagonally opposite to Eden Gardens stadium.
This ever glorious monument made out of sandstone stands tall commemorating the sacrifice of the British-Anglo soldiers who died in World War I. Designed by Herbert William Palliser, it is one of the most well-known world war memorials in Kolkata.