Rawalpindi

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Rawalpindi
Lansdowne Institute, Rawalpindi.jpg
Presidency: Bengal
Coordinates: 33.6°N, 73.033333°E
Altitude: 500 m (1,600 ft)
Present Day Details
Place Name: Rawalpindi
State/Province: Punjab
Country: Pakistan
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Rawalpindi



Rawalpindi was the headquarters of Rawalpindi District in the Rawalpindi Division of Punjab Province during the British period. In 1907 "The cantonment is the largest and most important in the Punjab, and perhaps in India"[1].

Chaklala is an area in Rawalpindi and was the location of a cantonment and an RAF airfield. During World War 2, from 1942 RAF Chaklala was the location of a Paratroopers Training School[2]

Spelling Variants

Modern spelling: Rawalpindi written as either one or two words, Rawal Pindi
Variants: Rawul Pindi/Rawalpindee/RP/Pindi

Churches and missions

Anglican

  • Christ Church - built in 1852
  • St Andrew's
  • St Mary's, West Ridge
  • St Paul's

Roman Catholic

  • Sacred Heart, West Ridge
  • St. Joseph's Cathedral

Cemeteries

  • Rawalpindi War Cemetery findagrave.com. Database with over 350 names. This is a Commonwealth Graves Commission Cemetery for those who died during First and Second World War.
  • Gora Kabaristan Rawalpindi ----Christian Cemetery Rawalpindi. (Also known as Harley street Cemetery).

BACSA (British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia) cemetery publications are

  • Rawalpindi: Cemeteries and Churches by Susan Farrington, 1996 Covers the main Harley Street Cemetery, with additional MIs from four other cemeteries and plaques from churches.
  • Rawalpindi: A Walk round the Harley Street Cemetery by Susan Farrington, 1997.

See BACSA Books.

BACSA are in the process of putting the indexes to its cemetery books online and these indexes are free to browse. If an indexed name is of interest then application can be made to BACSA for details of the relevant burial inscription - charges apply for this service.

Education

Schools

  • Station School - See Neville Thomas' website for photos of children at the school 1884 to 1912

Colleges

  • Gordon College

Volunteer Regiments

The following had their headquarters at Rawalpindi in 1907

H Company, 1st Punjab Volunteer Rifles contained civilian residents from Rawalpindi and Murree, and had its headquarters at Murree.[1]

See also

External links

Historical books online

  • Rawalpindi Imperial Gazetteer of India
  • Punjab District Gazetteers, Volume XXVIIIA, Rawalpindi District 1907, published 1909, is available to read online on the Digital Library of India website. "Table of Contents" commences computer page 8.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Page 228, computer page 251 Punjab District Gazetteers, Volume XXVIIIA, Rawalpindi District 1907, published 1909, available to read online on the Digital Library of India website.
  2. Paratroopers Training School indianairforce.nic.in