Peshawar Cemetery, North West Frontier Province Pakistan, by Susan Farrington

Peshawar Cemetery, North West Frontier Province Pakistan, by Susan Farrington

Published by the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia in 1988, 196 pages. Paperback (A27BK3WSO)

From the acknowledgements page: To make an accurate register of nearly 900 inscriptions, daunting as it may seem, is nothing when compared to the task of remembering everyone who has helped with this project. Peshawar has been just one of over 260 cemeteries and churches surveyed in Pakistan, so rather than isolate individuals in­ involved with Peshawar in particular, attached at Appendix A is a list of all those without whom there would have been no sur­vey, and consequently no book on Peshawar. No list can in­ clude all the unnamed Pakistani drivers, shopkeepers, rickshaw wallahs, villagers, and government officials who gave me tea, guidance or the necessary "chit" at appropriate moments. To them I am deeply indebted.

It was Carolyn Eastham, however, who stoically took on the task of making a preliminary plotted chart of Peshawar cem­etery. She based her survey on some work done by Najum Tasneem, a pupil at Edwardes High School, Peshawar city, who in May 1983, was commissioned by Michael Cawthorne of the Peshawar Dioscesan Property Office to search the cemetery for a particular headstone. While undertaking his search, he also compiled a list of just over 400 names. This material was ex­panded upon greatly by Carolyn, but her husband was unfortunately posted from the US Consulate before she had completed the task, although the majority of inscriptions were safely on computer disc before her departure. Her interest and enthusi­asm was the encouragement I needed actually to get down to putting pen to paper, an intention which had been "going to happen next week" for maybe four years!

The condition of the book is generally good. The covers have one or two minor scuffs, but the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.