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Dave Devahastin (#47957147)
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Jim Sundman
Private George Dupont
Hello Dave,

I posted a picture of George Dupont's enlistment form with his memorial. Also, as I mentioned in my article on him, his physical description on both his enlistment form and passport application have Asian characteristics, but I am still not sure if he was ethnic Thai/Siamese as other statements seem to contradict it. Also, I have many primary source documents on his regiment and I have yet to come across any mention of him at all. Even one mention of him could verify his ethnicity. If you are in Thailand I would recommend a trip to the national archives where there might be more information, even that elusive picture of him!

Thanks, Jim

Added by Jim Sundman on Oct 13, 2012 7:10 AM

Chris Nelson
Bangkok Protestant Cemetery
Yes, the cemetery is often flooded at this time of the year. Best time to visit is the dry season!

Good luck... it would be great to find his grave if there's a record of its location, or erect a marker for him if there isn't one.

Added by Chris Nelson on Oct 12, 2012 1:22 AM

Chris Nelson
RE: Pvt George Dupont
Further to the info about Bangkok Protestant Cemetery, you could try inquiring at Christ Church (11 Convent Road), off Silom. The burial records are kept there.

The caretakers who live and work on site don't keep the records: they know some of the more famous graves like Dan Beach Bradley and Henry Alabaster, but are unlikely to know the location of someone like Dupont. And they only speak Thai anyway...

Enjoy your visit to the cemetery, though... it's a wonderful place!

Added by Chris Nelson on Oct 11, 2012 6:13 AM

Chris Nelson
RE: Pvt George Dupont
Hi Dave,

Just to clarify, I didn't add the entry for George Dupont at Bangkok Protestant Cemetery. That was another Find A Grave member: Jim Sundman.

In checking the book by Justin Corfield, I see there is indeed an entry for July 18, 1900 for a Dupont, Grave No. 720, aged 54, American, died in Bangkok of heart disease. In the book he is listed as having the first initial E., but this is very likely an error, especially considering how error-riddled the book is.

Unfortunately the record in the book has no indication as to what part of the cemetery his grave is in.

Nearly half the burials in the cemetery have no markers: there are some 1800 burials, but there are only about 1000 discernable names on the existing markers and monuments. Some burials have been exhumed and moved, and some markers have inscriptions that weathered away long ago.

Added by Chris Nelson on Oct 11, 2012 6:06 AM

 
 

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