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Author Topic: Ceylon Military History posted by Sergei DeSilva  (Read 3133 times)
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« on: August 09, 2008, 06:54:32 PM »



To Whom It May Concern:

I am currently engaged in research on Ceylon's colonial military history. I am curious if anyone can help me with information (e.g. photographs; letters and publications etc) on the following:

1. Ceylon Planters' Rifle Corps (CPRC) - This unit was formed in 1900 and disbanded in 1949. It sent contingents to the Boer War, First and Second World Wars.
2. Ceylon Mounted Rifles - Created in 1892 and disbanded in 1938. Sent a contingent to the Boer War and had many volunteers who served in the First World War.
3. Ceylon Sanitary Company - Raised in 1917 for service in Mesopotamia.
4. Volunteer Force - The Volunteer Force was formed in 1881 and has a long history of association with the planting establishment. Any information on the volunteer units would be greatly appreciated:
- Ceylon Engineers
- Ceylon Garrison Artillery
- Ceylon Cyclists Corps
- Ceylon Light Infantry
- Colombo Town Guard
- Town Guard Artillery
- Ceylon Pioneers
- Ceylon Motor Cyclist Corps
-Mobilised Detachment of Ceylon Light Infantry
-Ceylon Supply and Transport Corps
-Post and Telegraph Signals
-Ceylon Railway Engineer Corps
-Ceylon Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
-Auxiliary Territorial Service (Ceylon)
-Ceylon Signal Corps
-Ceylon Corps of Military Police
-Ceylon Medical Corps
-Ceylon Cadet Battalion

ANY information of what I have raised above would be greatly appreciated. I would ideally prefer to be contacted off-list on sergeidesilva@hotmail.com

Yours sincerely,
Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe
BA (Hons) Politics
Military Historian
PO Box 251
Batman VIC 3058

RE: Ceylon Military History Fazli Sameer 17/10/06 17:23

Please check this link for SL Military info:-



RE: Ceylon Military History jeanne31 15/08/07 09:10


Hi Sergei , I have with me a photo of I presume a group from the Ceylon Planters Corps of which I know one of them is my Father in law and another surposed to be my maternal grand father . I have no idea who the rest of them are and would appreciate some help in identifying any of them
Let me know if you are interested in seeing it

thanks Jeanne

RE: Ceylon Military History Editor 16/08/07 10:18

Hi Jeanne,

Why don't you email me the photo and I will place it in the Photo Album on this site.

Thanks & regards
David Colin-Thome
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