Another plea for help!
I am trying to gather information on the life of Walston G. D. Lawrence,
whom I think was a Burgher or Eurasian resident of Ceylon during the first
half of the 1900s.
Regrettably, all I know about him at this point is:
a) born in 1897 in Colombo, Ceylon;
b) worked at the Times of Ceylon before the Great War;
c) served in the mercantile marine during the early phases of the Great War;
d) served in the (British) Army Service Corps (Motor Transport Section)
during the latter part of the Great War, being posted to Bangalore India;
e) served on the North West Frontier (of India) in the 1919 war against
Afghanistan, (still in the Army Service Corps, MT Section).
That's all I have been able to ascertain. He seems to have remained largely
under the radar, in terms of historical record, (ie., I can't find him in
Ferguson's Ceylon Directory -- at least not the editions I have access to --
but maybe someone else will have better luck! ;-)
What are my chances of finding, at least, basic biographical data, like
birth, marriage, death?
Thank you for any assistance. It will be most appreciated, I assure you.
Camilla, Google books have a lot on Ceylon for that period, not all are
fully accessable books though.Duncan, Skinner, Forbes, White, Campbell and
Ferguson all have written on that period allthough not specifically on
There are 2 books which cover the period 1860-80 and the coffee planting
boom and bust available in libraries in Australia and available on Inter
The first is The Coffee Planter in Ceylon, by William Sabonadiere. ISBN
9781103332052.This is available to read on Google books too.
The second is. The Pioneers 1825-1900. The Early British Tea and Coffee
Planters and their way of life.John Weatherstone.ISBN 1899163859. It does
not appear to be available to read on the Internet.