My mother, Theodora 'Dolly' Smith (nee Nugawela), was born in Kandy on
5th April, 1901 and died in Thetford, Norfolk, England on 5th December
1979. She had an older sister, Felicia 'Tita' Ranabahu (nee Nugawela),
and a step sister, Joyce, whose Father was Walter ?.
My Grandmother (nee Spencer) was first married to Mr. Nugawela who I was
told died around 1905. My Grandmother had two older brothers, Sydney
Spencer and Percy Spencer. I have information on the Spencer family.
My youngest sister, Beryl Joyce Smith, was born on 20th December 1932
and died in Thetford, Norfolk on 12th December 2002. My eldest sister,
Christobelle Theodora Smith, was born on 22nd October 1927 and died in
Colombo in 1940. She is buried in Kanatte Cemetery (Methodist Section)
and I have always hoped that I could ask someone to find her grave.
Aunty Tita attended her funeral. I cannot remember the exact date that
Christobelle died; the gravestone would confirm this if it still exists
after nearly 70 years.
Aunty Tita was married to Sam Ranabahu who had two children called
Dudley and Sheila.
I wish I could remember my Grandparents' first names and Uncle Walter's
(step Grandpa) surname. My family left Ceylon in 1947 on the troopships
ss Lancashire and the Empire Trooper.
Dudley Ranabahu and I were very interested in aircraft and I wonder what
Dudley did; I served in the Royal Air Force before working in the
aircraft industry and Manchester University.
I hope you can make sense of what I have written as I tend to drift away
from the main theme.
Dr. Morris Smith (UK)
Morris Smith <morris.smith(a)claribel.com >
Dec 28 2005: I am trying to find out about my grandmother Felicia 'Tita'
Ranabahu. Her maiden name was Nugawela. She had a sister named Beryl who
lived somewhere in England & a stepsister named Joyce de Silva. My
grandmother passed away in 1986 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I would
appreciate if anyone can give me more information on her family history.
Feb 19 2007 Hello Sharmini,
My Mother, Theodora 'Dolly' Smith (nee Nugawela) had a sister called
Tita Ranabahu. She was married to Sam Ranabahu; they had two children
called Dudley and Sheila. My family left Ceylon for England in 1947. I
have some information stored in my head about my Mother's family which
will vanish when I depart from this World. Perhaps you may know what I
have stored for so many years. Please contact if want to know about any
information that may be of help in your search; I will try and help.
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