This is my first posting to the list. Even though I have been a member
since August, I haven't seen any messages, so I hope its working!
Although I'm not a Sri Lankan by birth, I certainly consider myself a friend
of Sri Lankan/Ceylon. If it counts for anything, my youngest daughter was
born there (at Joseph Fraser Hospital, Colombo) in June 2000, when I was
serving at the Canadian High Commission in Cinnamon Gardens; (in honour of
her birth place we've named her "Anjalie Ceylon" ;-).
Now to the point. I've always had an interest in the military/naval history
of the old British Empire in the East, particularly in the south Asia. My
three years in Colombo (1997-2000) provided me with the good fortune of
being able to regularly visit the Sri Lankan National Archives to research
the subject. In fact, I'm currently in the final stages (I hope!) of a
book on the subject, tentatively entitled "In Defence of Ceylon: A History
of British, Indian, and Colonial Forces in Ceylon 1795-1948". For anybody
who might be so interested, I have attached, at the end of this message, a
list of the proposed chapter titles.
As part of this research I'm looking for more information on the following
James Frederick Van Langenberg:
- he was born: 1895, Galle;
- he was educated: Royal College, Colombo;
- he was commissioned into the Indian Army 15 July 1918, into the 1st
battalion of the 129th (Duke of Connaught's Own) Baluchis, serving at Quetta
on the North-West Frontier (now in Pakistan);
- he was demobilised from the army on 12 April 1919, with the rank of Second
Although my primary interest in JFvL is during his (short) army career, I
would be grateful for any information, (or leads to find such information)
on the details of his life both before and after serving in the army. If
one is available, I would also be *most* grateful to be able to see a
photograph of him.
Thanks to all.
Glen R. Hodgins
In Our Dominion of the North
"In Defence of Ceylon: A History of British, Indian, and Colonial Forces in
Ceylon 1795-1948". (forthcoming)
Table of Contents:
1. Serendipitous Events: the Capture of Ceylon, 1795 - 1815
2. Turbulence and Tranquility I: the 1818 Rebellion and Beyond
3. Turbulence and Tranquility II: the 1848 Rebellion and Beyond
4. Amateur Volunteers: the Rise of the Ceylon Volunteer Force, 1881 - 1899
5. South African War: 1899 - 1902
6. Ceylon and Imperial Defence I: 1885 - 1939
7. The Great War: 1914-18
8. Professionals and Volunteers: the Consolidation of the Ceylon Defence
9. Ceylon and Imperial Defence II: the Second Great War, 1939 - 45
10. Ceylon and Imperial Defence III: the Post-War Years.
Appendices and Tables