Madras, of course, is the former name of the modern city of Chennai. The memorial stands at the back of Madras War Cemetery and has the names of hundreds of men who are buried in various parts of India. Until relatively recently, circumstances and politics have prevented the Commonwealth War Graves Commission from maintaining their actual graves but happily the situation is changing. The CWGC is now able to restore and care for many of those "lost" graves and as it does so, names will be removed from the online list of those commemorated at the Madras Memorial. But their names will remain on the memorial until such time the CWGC replaces the panels as part of normal maintenance. Sadly, the cemetery in which the memorial stands is used by local people as a public park. Children run between the graves and play ball games while adults use the headstones as seats to sit and chat. Despite this, the cemetery is beautifully maintained, though it may be time to consider whether the site should be properly enclosed.
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