World War I Memorial (Tiruchirappalli)

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World War I Memorial
Tiruchirappalli Municipal Corporation
For Soldiers from Trichinopoly died during World War I
Unveiled 1919
Location 10°48′56″N 78°41′48″E / 10.8155°N 78.6967°E / 10.8155; 78.6967Coordinates: 10°48′56″N 78°41′48″E / 10.8155°N 78.6967°E / 10.8155; 78.6967
Opposite to Gandhi Market, Tiruchirappalli
Total commemorated
41

World War I Memorial, located opposite to Gandhi Market, Tiruchirappalli in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, is war memorial dedicated for the soldiers of Trichinopoly.

History[edit]

About 302 soldiers from Trichinopoly participated in World War I as a part of British Indian Army, of which 41 died during the course of war. In remembrance of those soldiers, the then government erected a memorial with a huge clock in it.[1]

Maintenance[edit]

The memorial which was also popularly known as “Clock Tower”, was languishing without much maintenance. During the mean time, about 25 traders, including Burmese refugees, put up their shop and began to occupy the spaces around the memorial, which left unchecked became as hindrance in viewing and visiting the memorial.[2] After many years of wait, on 27 February 2013 the city corporation decided to revamp the structure after persistent demands from Ex–servicemen personnels and other service organisation by cancel the licence and demolish the shops (excluding the ones run by Burmese refugees) and other structures around the memorial.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Finally, Tiruchy war memorial draws attention". The New Indian Express. Tiruchy. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Facelift for war memorial in Tiruchi". The Hindu. Tiruchi. 1 March 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Tiruchi Corporation allows Burmese traders to relocate". The Hindu. Tiruchi. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2014.