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Repairs for Indian Army memorial
The Chattri monument (from Brighton-Net.com)
The octagonal Chattri monument is made of white Sicilian marble
A memorial to Indian soldiers who died in East Sussex during World War I is due to undergo some conservation work.

The Chattri, a dome supported by 29ft (8.8m) pillars standing on a stone plinth, is located on the South Downs at Patcham, to the north of Brighton.

It was erected in 1921 at the site where soldiers who died while being treated in Brighton were cremated.

Refurbishment of the Chattri, due to start in September, will involve marble repairs and replacing of stone slabs.

Brighton and Hove City Council said some of the 85-year-old listed structure had become uneven, and the work was needed to "maintain its striking appearance".

Injured soldiers

The whole memorial will also be cleaned by the refurbishment team from Cathedral Works Organisation, specialist stonemasons from Chichester in West Sussex.

Their work on the Chattri is scheduled to last for about five weeks, at a cost of 36,000 to the council.

About 12,000 injured Indian soldiers were taken to Brighton for treatment during World War I, when buildings such as The Royal Pavilion were converted into military hospitals.

Their memorial has inscriptions in Urdu, Hindi and English.


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