Looking for someone to visit Cantonment Cemetery, Agra

#1 May 17th, 2014, 02:22
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I am looking for a kind person, with some extra time on their hands, that would be willing to visit the Cantonment Cemetery in Agra to photograph the grave of my 2nd great uncle, Gustav Adolph Albert Kuhlmey. He died January 6, 1896. He was a Professor of Music at the Royal Bengal Academy of Music. Here is a photo of him when he was Bandmaster for the 17th Bengal Native Infantry.



I have no information as to the location of his grave but I understand very good records are kept on-site at the cemetery.

I would be most grateful for anyone's help.
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Hello Ric, welcome to Indiamike. I hope someone will be able to help you. In the meantime you might like to read this old thread about a similar request where a kind Indiamike member did go and take photos.

http://www.indiamike.com/india/agra-...or-me-t120602/
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Thank you Julia! This gives me hope. And I feel a lot less uncomfortable about my unusual request now.
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Oh please don't feel uncomfortable! We thrive on unusual requests . It might take some time before someone who is interested in this goes to Agra but I'd say there's a good chance someone will want to help. I remember another thread a few years back about a cemetery in Delhi and someone went to take the photos there.

That's a great photo! Would you like to tell us anything more about your great uncle and his life in India? We like stories!
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Which one is your 2nd great uncle?

(just kiddin' )
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Uncle Gustav was born in Stettin, Prussia and move to London as a young man. He played Viola at The Gaiety Theatre, Strand, London 1879/80. He arrived in India in January, 1883 and took the position of Band-Master for the 28th Punjab Native Infantry at Peshawar. By 1886 he was the Professor of Music there. The next year he was listed as living at Free School Street, Calcutta, and his occupation was listed as Musical Director. From late 1887 to 1889 he served as Band-Master for the 60th Royal Rifles and the Band of the Presidency Volunteers, which was also the Town Band during this period. In 1888, The Royal Bengal Academy of Music gave Gustav the title of Sangita-Acharyn, or Professor of Music, the diploma being accompanied by a handsome gold armlet or badge bearing an inscription to that effect. Still with the Calcutta Town Band. He was the Musical Director living at Rampore Kohilkhand, in 1895.

According to my research, his monument inscription reads:

TO THE SACRED
AND EVER LOVING
MEMORY OF MY
DEAR HUSBAND
GUSTAV KUHLMEY
BORN AT STETTIN JANy 28th 1856
DIED AT AGRA JANy 6th 1896
"FOR SO HE GIVETH HIS BELOVED
SLEEP"
"ER RUHE IN FRIEDEN"

VuShVa, I want to make the same joke myself!
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Quote:
Rampore Kohilkhand
That should be Rohilkhand. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rohilkhand

And Rampore is now Rampur http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rampur,_Uttar_Pradesh
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The Nawabs of Rampur were well-known as patrons of music. In fact the wiki link in Julia's post has this to say:

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The court musicians of the Nawabs subsequently gave rise to various gharanas or schools of Hindustani classical music. Ustad Allauddin Khan (1881–1972) was a shagird (disciple) of the legendary Veena player, Wazir Khan, court musician of the Nawab, and went on to establish the a modern Maihar gharana with disciples like Pandit Ravi Shankar, Nikhil Banerjee, Vasant Rai, Pannalal Ghosh, Bahadur Khan, and Sharan Rani.

The Rampur-Sahaswan gharana of Hindustani classical music also has its origins in court musicians. Ustad Mehboob Khan, was a khayal singer and Veena player of the Rampur court; his son Ustad Inayat Hussain Khan (1849–1919), who trained and lived in the city, founded the gharana.
The fact that he received the title of Sangit-Acharya and worked under the patronage of the Nawabs means that he must have had musical talents and interests that went well beyond just military music.

The Nawabs themselves were descendants of the once feared Rohillas.
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Thank you for the corrections, Julia, very helpful! And I appreciate your info, Golghar, good stuff!
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What happened to his wife?
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His wife, Pauline Kuhlmey (born Sheridan), had been an opera singer in London before thier marriage. She was left with seven young children all under the age of eight when Gustav died. Two years later and she remarried Walter Henry Wheeler, and had another daughter. In 1941, at age 83, she committed suicide with a gunshot to the heart. She is buried in Jhansi (New) Cemetery, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh.
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My apologies, she also had an additional son with Mr. Wheeler. Here is a photo of here with them.

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