Indian Soldiers buried in Brecon; and Watergate Church Burials

Geoffrey Sykes would appreciate help with two areas of his research. If you can help or know of anyone who might be helpful, Geoff would be very glad to hear from you.
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Geoff says:

I wonder if the BLFHS can assist me in my research? There are two quite different subjects involved.

1. Deaths of Indian Soldiers
I have discovered eight gravestones of Indian soldiers in Brecon Cemetery in Cradoc Road. The soldiers died between June 1941 and July 1942. The gravestones conform to the standard design used by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), and the Indian soldiers are listed in the CWGC online Debt of Honour, from which I have obtained some details. The soldiers were working in Brecon as well as other parts of Wales, but what were they doing in the Brecon area? I believe they all died from TB, but what were the circumstances of their deaths?

2. Watergate Church
Watergate Church was built in 1806 and I assume its Manse was built at the same time.
Does anyone know if Watergate ever had a burial yard, and if not where did they bury their dead? I have been told they used to bury the dead at the Manse.
The present owner of the Manse remembers lots of gravestones around the walls in the garden, but unfortunately they are no longer there.

Can anyone help me with these queries, or tell me how I might go about finding out for myself.

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Request submitted 2 June 2012

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