News ID: 316537
Published: 1001 GMT September 22, 2021

English Graveyard in Bushehr to be restored

English Graveyard in Bushehr to be restored

Iranica Desk

Iran’s strategic geographic position and its rich natural resources have caused its enemies to dream of invading and dominating the country.

The English Graveyard located in Bushehr, in the southern province of Bushehr, is a clear example that proves the claim.

The graves of English soldiers, who were killed during Britain’s invasion of Iran and occupation of Bushehr during World War I, are historical evidence showing how local people fought with the invaders, with the least amount of weapons, and did not give up even an inch of their land to the enemy.

In an exclusive interview with Iran Daily, Soudabeh Ma’muri, an official at Bushehr Province’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, said that the cemetery, located in the southern part of Bushehr, has been registered on Iran’s National Heritage List.

She harbored hope that a restoration project would be implemented in the graveyard in the near future, adding that this would help prepare the condition for the public to visit the old cemetery that serves as a museum highlighting the fate of invaders.

She added that the cemetery, which is in Bahmani neighborhood, dates back to the early years of the First World War, pointing out that bodies of several specific persons were also buried in the cemetery after the end of the war.

Ma’muri, who is in charge of registering the province’s historical heritage properties, said some soldiers buried at the cemetery are those killed in battles with Rais Ali Delvari and Mohammad Baqer Tangestani, the national heroes who led the people’s resistance in southern Iran against the British forces.

She noted that according to the field research carried out in the region, Bahmani neighborhood was where the English soldiers lived. A number of people who were buried in the graveyard died due to old age.

The official said the research shows that British soldiers were buried in three cemeteries of Bushehr situated in Bahmani neighborhood, the Gregorian Church, and Tohid Street.

“Several British soldiers, as well as a prominent general who died during Iran’s war with Britain in 1856, were buried in the graveyard situated in Tohid Street,” she said.

Ma’muri pointed out that some profiteers damaged parts of the English Graveyard and destroyed several gravestones to find precious objects.

She said that, fortunately, the damage to the cemetery is not serious, noting that a number of gravestones were handed over to the treasury of Bushehr Cultural Heritage Department, while some others are kept at the Iranology Foundation.

“The cemetery in Bahmani neighborhood is known as the English Graveyard due to the presence of a memorial stone placed for the soldiers who were killed in the war,” she said, adding that the memorial stone is presently kept at the treasury of the province’s Cultural Heritage Organization.

She referred to the restoration of the English Graveyard as a valuable step which will help keep alive the memory of local brave people who defended their homeland against the invaders.

“On the other hand, it will teach a lesson to the enemies of the country and remind them of the result of their invasion,” she concluded.

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