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Ceylon Green Book 1932 Obituaries L - M
La Brooy, John Cameron ; Died at Mutwal 8th June, 1931.
Lawson, Mrs. Lucy ; Died at the Nuwara Eliya Hospital, 10th., Jan., 1932. Aged 75 years.
Leetham, Arthur Richard Patrick; Late of the Education Dept., Ceylon. Died at Ratcliffe
Leicester, 20th July, 1931. Aged 65 years.
Leonard, W. E.; Late of the Times of Ceylon Co., Ltd., Colombo. Died 7th July, 1931.
Liesching, Mrs. Kate Way ; Widow of the late Mr. Louis Liesching formerly District Judge,
of Galle Died in England, 25th Oct., 1931. Aged. 83 years.
Lipton, Sir Thomas Johnstone ; Died 2nd Oct., 1931. The late Sir Thomas .Johnstone Lipton,
who built up a great provision business and whose hobby was yachting, was born at Glasgow
in May, 1850. His father was an Irish farmer but he left Clones, Co., Tyrone, and set up a
small provision shop in Glasgow. The venture was not a success, and young Lipton left
school of his own accord at the age of nine to help the family by taking a job as errand
boy at 2s. 6d, a week. When he, was 17 he left Glasgow for America as a stowaway. There he
worked on a plantation in South Carolina and in a store at New Orleans. Having got
together £100, he left New York and returning to Glasgow, opened a small provision shop in
1876. From this modest beginning he built up a vast business, adding shop to shop, until
22 years later the concern was bought by a company for £2,500,000, the issue being
enormously over-subscribed. His first expansions took place in Scotland, whence he
extended his operatio!
ns to Ireland and then to England. Within ten years, of starting his first shop he was
employing 8,000 men, and before he was 40 he was a millionaire, In 1889 he entered the tea
trade, and although this is a business in which England leads the way, he came rapidly to
the front, buying plantations in the East and growing his own tea. His success was largely
due to his genius for advertising in which he was a pioneer. He was knighted in 1898, and
received a baronetcy in 1902. He first expressed a desire to win back the America Cup in
1887, but it was not till 1898 that he had a yacht designed for that purpose by Wm. Fife.
The race was in Oct., 1899, but the Shamrock was beaten. He tried again in 1901, 1903, and
1920 with the same result and his total expenses in connection with one of his efforts
came to nearly £250,000. But the America Cup was an obsession with him. In 1926 he
announced his intention of building yet another Shamrock. It was not, however, until 1930
mrock V. took the, water, leaving for the U.S. under her own sail, esc
orted by his steam yacht, in July, to meet the American defender which was selected from
four yachts specially built for the race. Shamrock V. was built at Gosport and had a huge
Bermudian main-sail. The Challenger was again defeated, but the people of the United
States paid a spontaneous tribute to the "world's greatest loser" by
presenting him with a loving cup. Apart from this particular contest, Sir Thomas was a
keen yachtsman, and a member of many yacht clubs. On the eve of his 81st birthday, last
May, he was selected a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron, the most exclusive club in the
world. His boats were seen at every big regatta in Europe. His unnumbered Shamrock, which
sailed in home waters, has won the largest collection of yachting trophies in the world.
He spent a fortune on his yachting. During the War his splendidly equipped steam yacht,
"The Erin," was sunk by a mine while it was performing valuable work for the
Serbians as a hospital ship.
Lodewyke, Mrs. Adeline Christobel; Widow of the late Mr. Philip Lodewyke of Kandy Died at
"Trinity Lodge," Nuwara Eliya 4th June, 1931. Aged 76 years.
Loudoun-Shand, John Loudoun; Died 2th Feb., 1932 at Craigellie, Alleyn Park, Dulwich. Aged
86 years. Arriving in the Island in 1864 Mr. Loudoun-Shand did a lot of planting, chiefly
in the Dimbula and Dickoya districts. So keen was his interest in planting politics that
in 1879 and 1880 he was elected Chairman of the Planters' Association of Ceylon and in
1882 and 1884 he was Planting Member of the Legislative Council. One of the finest
speakers that ever came to Ceylon, Mr. Londoun-Shand was popularly known as
"Silver-tongued Shand." The two years in which Mr. Loudoun-Shand was Chairman
of the P.A. were probably the worst years Ceylon had and "a very dark cloud was over
us," be himself wrote some time later. Nevertheless the Association made good
progress in that period. Mr. Loudoun-Shand took a particular interest in bringing about
the affiliation of District Associations for which he will be chiefly remembered. Mr.
Loudoun-Shand retired in the 'nineties, but he continued!
to take a keen interest in planting affairs in Ceylon, and was an Hony. Life Member of
the Ceylon Association in London. A brother of Mr. P. R. Shand, the late Mr. Loudoun-Shand
has a son, Mr. C. B. Loudoun-Shand at Delta, Pussellawa. Another of his sons was an Oxford
Rugger " Blue."
Ludovici, Mrs. Ethel Lydia; Wife of Dr. H. Ludovici, of Kandy. Died at Edinburgh, 6th
Ludowyk, Mrs.; Widow of the late Dr. M. A. Ludowyk, J.M.O. Galle. Died at Galle, 22nd
Lumsden, Capt. Ernest Francis; Of Balmedie, formerly a planter in Ceylon. Died in a
Nursing Home in Aberdeen, 8th March, 1932.
Luschwitz, Albert Ernst; Former Bandmaster of the Ceylon Volunteers. Died at the General
Hospital, Colombo, 8th Dec., 1931. Aged 62 years.
Lutersz, Dr. Francis M.; Died at Katugastota, 12th Jan., 1932. Aged 70 years.
Mac Donald, Miss M.; Late of the Staff of Methodist College, Colpetty. Died in the Galle
Hospital, 26th Sept., 1931.
Mac Ewen, John M.; Of Vogan, Neboda. Died 17th August. 1931.
Mackenzie, Mrs. Beryl; Wife of Mr. J. M. Mackenzie of Halpe Estate, Padukka. Died 23rd
Mackwood, Frank Mitchell; Director of Messrs. Mackwoods, Ltd., Colombo. Died at the
General Hospital. Colombo, 19th June, 1931. Aged 87 years. Mr. Mackwood came out to
Ceylon in 1861, and was planting a few ,years, being on Guava Hill, Gampola, before
setting up as a merchant in Colombo. He occupied a unique position in the Mercantile
Community and in the 'eighties he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber
of Commerce, while he occupied the chair of the Chamber in 1895, 1897, 1899, and 1900. For
many years he represented the general European community in the Legislative Council. He
was a keen student and took a prominent part in the activities of the Royal Asiatic
Society. He was Secretary for many years of the Friend-in-Need Society, and he was a
visitor of the Welikade, Hulftsdorp and Mahara goals and the Borella Convict Hospital. He
was a J.P. for the Island. He leaves two sons (Mr. F. F. Mackwood of Colombo and Mr. G. G.
Mackwood of Raxawa, Panwila) and a d!
aughter (Miss A. F. Mackwood).
Manning, Brig.-Gen. Sir William Henry; G.C.M.G., K.B.E., C. B., Governor of Ceylon
1918-25. Died 1st Jan., 1932. Sir William Manning, who was born in 1863, was educated at
Cambridge and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and was gazetted a Lieutenant in the
South Wales Borders in 1886. Two years later he joined the Indian Army. He saw
considerable active service chiefly in Africa. He went through the Samana and Hazara
expeditions of North-West Frontier of India, in 1891, for which he was awarded a clasp. He
was fighting in Central Africa in 1893-94" and was awarded a medal. For the next,
four years he saw active service in Central Africa and Rhodesia, obtaining a clasp with
the Brevet of Major and Lieut.-Colonel. He went through the. Somaliland campaign and
afterwards became Deputy Commissioner and Consul for British Central Africa in 1897,
acting on two occasions as Commissioner and Consul-General. He raised and commanded the
Central African Regiment and was inspector-!
General of the King's African Rifles from 1901 to 1907. In 1907 Sir William was
appointed Acting Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Nyasaland Protectorate. He retired
from the army in 1910 and was appointed Commissioner and Commander-in-Chief of the
Nyasaland Protectorate. In this position he remained until 1913, when he went to Jamaica
as Governor. In 1918, he was appointed Governor of Ceylon. During the tenure of service in
the Colony, from 1918, Sir William showed a keen interest in the development of the Island
and his administration in Ceylon was marked by a big advance in the constitution. Sir
William arrived two months before the Armistice. He had not been long in the Island when
the country was faced with severe depression, and his able administration was beset with
difficulties. When he left the Island, however, the country had entered upon a period of
great, prosperity. Sir William did a great deal to harmonise the differences between the
in Ceylon and was instrumental in establishing the Reformed Council,
which was in operation from June, 1921, to August, 1924, and also inaugurated the next
Council which came into being. He may well be called the pioneer of democratic development
in Ceylon. By his untiring patience and conscientiousness he endeavoured to meet all
legitimate political aspirations and succeeded in completely winning the confidence of
the Council. He took great interest in education and was extraordinarily keen on the
establishment of a University. In 1920 Sir William Manning was married at Queen's
House to Miss Olga Sefton Jones, the event being unique as it was the first occasion on
which the head of the administration married in the Island. It was during Sir
William's regime that H.R.H. the Prince of Wales visited Ceylon in 1922. Sir William
was created C.B. in 1903, K.C.M.G. in 1904, K.B.E. in 1918, and C.C.M.G. in 1921.
Martin, Edward James; Formerly Manager of Elkaduwa Group, Elkaduwa. Died 13th May 1931 at
56 Grand Avenue Worthing England.
Martin, Sam; Proctor of Chilaw. Died 6th June, 1931
Martin, W. D.; Proctor of Kalutara. Died 29th Jan. 1932
Mathew, C. James; Of Messrs. C. Mathew & Co. Shipchandlers of Colombo. Died at Barnes
Place, Colombo, 8th August 1931. Aged 56 years.
Mc Comas, Rupert; Planter of Leangawella. Bandarawela. Died at Nuwara Eliya 4th Feb.,
1932. Aged 43 years.
McMillan, James A.; Of Messrs. McMillan & Gould, Lister St., Glasgow and formerly of
the Colombo Commercial Co., Ltd. Died at Glasgow 8 Jan., 1932.
Meedeniya, J. H.; Adigar, Member of the State Council for Ruanwelia. Died at "
Ruanwella Walauwa," Ruanwella, 5th Sept., 1931. Mr. Meedeniya was born in 1867, and
received his education at St. Thomas' College. Entering Government service in 1886, he
rose to the position of Adigar in 1920. He was nominated to the legislative Council in
1917 and was returned unopposed to the State Council, at the general election,
representing the Ruanwella constituency. Mr. Meedeniya's activities in the sphere of
politics have been many. It was on his urgent representations that the Buddhist
Temporalities Commission was appointed, and the new draft Ordinance, in this connection,
was largely the result of the investigations which he initiated. If there was one subject
which interested him, it was agriculture and the Kandyan "goiya " owes much of
his improved status to the practical suggestions and proposals, now in operation, which
Mr. Meedeniya either originally put forward or warmly support!
ed in Council and Committee. Mr. Meedeniya's only recreation was elephant hunting. He
was said to be the greatest hunter Ceylon ever knew, bar only Mr. Maduwanwela. And whether
at Panamure or Peelia or Kalawane, no elephant kraal was complete without the enthusiastic
Meedin, T.A.; Inspector of Police. Died in Kandy, 17th Feb., 1932.
Mee-Power, Mrs.; Wife of Mr. Charles J. C. Mee-Power, who was a planter in Ceylon, for 15
years. Died 7th Dec., 1931, at Bordighera, Italy.
Meier, Dr. Ivo Eric ; D.M.O., Haputale. Died in Colombo, 17th June, 1931. Aged 42 years.
He leaves a widow.
Melder, William Edward; Major, Salvation Army. Died at Cotta, Road, 30th June, 1931.
Mendis, Mrs. P. H.; Died at the Galle Hospital, 2nd March, 1932.
Meuling, Miss Francis Jennie ; Died at Matara, 15th August, 1931. Aged 71 years.
Milliner, Rev. Fr. J.; O.M.I. Born in 1877 at Quimper, France. Died at the General
Hospital, Colombo, 3rd April, 1932. He had been a Missionary in Ceylon for over 29 years.
Milne, Robert Alexander ; Formerly Works Manager of Messrs. Walker, Sons & Co., Ltd.,
Colombo. Died in London, 25th March, 1932. He leaves a widow.
Mirihella, D. P. D.; Chief Clerk, D.R.C., Kegalla. Died 1st March, 1932.
Misso, Henry E.; Formerly of the General Post Office. Died at Bandarawela, 19th Oct.,
1931. Aged 58 years.
Mitchell, Kenneth William Sanderson ; Retired Supdt. of Surveys, Ceylon. Died at
Southampton, 20th March, 1932. Aged 47 years.
Modder, Theobald Reuben ; Off Clifford Place, Bambalapitiya, Colombo. Died 15th Feb.,
1932. Aged 73 years.
Moldrich, V. R.; J.P., Retired Secy. of the District Court, Colombo. Died at Dehiwala.,
8th Nov., 1931. Aged 72 years.
Moreira, Mrs.; Wife of Mr. A. E. Moreira, Editor of the " Times of Malaya,"
formerly of Ceylon. Died at Ipoh, 25th June, 1931.
Morgappah, Mrs. Christina; Widow of the late Mr. L. N. Morgappah, Appraiser, H.M. Customs.
Died 28th Dec., 1931. Aged 91 years.
Muller, Mrs. Rosaline Maria; Relict of the late Mr. Alfred H. Muller. Died 25th August,
1931. Aged 71 years.