Hope you find some 'hits' in the names below.
Canterbury, Kent, England
Obituaries Ceylon Green Book 1932 A - D:
Abayasekera, James Samuel; C.C.S, Office Asst. to the Controller of Indian Immigrant
labour. Died 8th November 1931. Aged 56 years
Abdul Hamid, I.L.M.H.; Partner, Hamidson & Co. Died at "Salonica", Colpetty.
20th July 1931.
Abeyenaike, A.A.; Muhandiram, addl. Supdt., of Mails, G.P.O., Colombo. Died at
Bambalapitiya, 14 Sept. 1931
Ahamed, Hadji Ibrahim Bin; The veteran merchant and land proprietor of Main St., Colombo.
Died in Colombo 9th May 1931. Aged 105 years.
Alford, Ronald; The well-known merchant and race-horse owner of Colombo. Died at the Lady
Carnavon Nursing Home, London, 22nd December 1931. Aged 68 years. He founded the firm
Messrs. Alford, Buckle & Co. and was a partner of Messrs. Cutler, Plamer & Co.
Allan, George; Father of Mrs. W.G. Berry of Peenkande, Nivitigala. Died at Aberdeen,
Scotland, 2nd December 1931
Alpin, Mrs. Lily; Wife of Mr. W.E. Alpin. Died at Southampton, 25th February 1932
Anastasia, Sister; Died at the Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya, 15th August 1931. Aged
Anthonisz, Mrs.; Wife of Mr. Henry Anthonisz, Proctor, Avisawella. Died at Dehiwala, 7th
Appleton, Dr. J.E.; Died at Canford Cliffs, Bournemouth, 5th April 1932. Aged 67 years.
Armstrong, Wilfred Spelddewinde; Died at Matara, 17th June 1931.
Arndt, Mrs. Alice; Widow of the late Mr. S.S. Arndt and mother of Dr. E.W. Arndt. Died in
Colombo, 8th April 1932.
Arsekularatne, D.P.; Barrister-at-Law and Advocate of Colombo. Died 12th Sept. 1931
Balfour, Miss Daphne; Daughter of Mr. D.H. Balfour, District Judge, Jaffna and Mrs.
Balfour. Died at Jaffna, 30th March 1932. Aged 16 years.
Balkhuysen, F.; Retired Sub-Inspector of Police. Ied 20th Feb. 1932 at Heneratgoda.
Barber, Miss Maude Alice; Daughter of Mrs. Annie Barber, of The Grove, Ukuwela. Died in
Colombo 12 June 1931.
Barrow, Mrs. Myralda Claribel; Wife of Mr. Lloyd R. Barrow, of the British Ceylon
Corporation. Died at "Myrloid", Havelock Road, Wellawatte, 18th Dec. 1931. Aged
Bartholemeusz, Mrs. Francis Harriet; Widow of the late Mr. Alfred Bartholemeusz. Died May
Bartholemeusz, Hugh Hamilton; Advocate of Colombo. Died at "Leander House"
Turret Road, Colombo, 2nd September 1931. Aged 48 years. The late Mr. Bartholemeusz acted
as District Judge of Colombo on a few occasions, he was Registrar of the Diocese of
Colombo and a Warden of St. Michael's and All Angels' Church. He was nominated a
member of the Colombo Municipal Council in August 1931.
Bell, Arthur Percy; Supdt. of Pingarawa Estate, Namunukula. Died at the General Hospital,
Colombo, 2nd Feb. 1932. Aged 56 years.
Bell, Very Rev. Fr. Isidore; O.M.I., Asst. General to the Superior General of the O.M.I.
Died 12th Dec. 1931. Aged 70 years. Fr. Bell was well-known in Colombo where he was in
charge of responsible posts. He was at one time Vicar-General to the late Dr. Coudert,
Archbishop and served as Pro-Vicar of Missions.
Bibby, Vivian Kenneth Clover; Of Ketakelle Estate, Welimada. Died at sea, on board the
Homeward bound P. & O. "Chitral", 9th May 1931.
Bingham, Mrs. Hope Augusta; Wife of Mr. J. Bingham, of Mt. Lavina. Died 27th Nov. 1931.
Aged 70 years.
Bird, Albert; Chief Acct. of the Colombo Gas & Water Co. Ltd., Colombo. Died at the
Joseph Fraser Nursing Home, Colombo, 4th dec. 1931.
Blacker, Mrs. Esther Virginia; Wife of Mr. A.L. Blacker of Messrs. Carson & Co. Ltd.
Died 20th June 1931.
Bois, Fredric William; retired partner of Messrs. J.M.Robinson & Co., Colombo. Died in
London 26th July 1931. Aged 85 years. The late Mr. Bois was connected with the firm of
Messrs. Alstons, Scott & Co. for some ears before joining Messrs. J.M. Robertson &
Co. He took a keen interest in the business life of the city. He was Secretary of the
Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in 1870-71, Vice-Chairman in 1982-83 and Chairman in 1892.
Boustead, R. Claude; Of Maria Estate, Wattegama. Died at Exmouth, 1st April 1932. Aged 43
Brereton, Henry Arthur; Formerly proprietor of Yarrow Estate, Pussellawa. Died 12th March
1932, at Jersey, Channel Islands.
Brohier, Louis H.; Late of the General Post Office, Colombo. Died 6th August 1931. Aged 68
Brooke, A. Trafford; Senior partner of Messrs. James A Hadden & Co., Fenchurch St.,
London. Died in London, 19th March 1932.
Broom, Sir James Thomson; Formerly of Messrs. Whittall & Co., Colombo. Died in London,
29th August 1931. When Sir James came out to Ceylon in 1912 he was no stranger, for he had
previously acted as Manager of Messrs. Jas. Finlay & Co., Colombo, when Mr. Alexander
Fairlie was on leave. He eventually succeeded Mr. Fairlie when the latter retired in 1912.
After 4½ years with Messrs. Jas. Finlay & Co., Sir James joined Messrs. Whittall &
Co. as partner in April 1917, and he remained with this firm until he retired. Soon after
his arrival in the colony, Sir James began to identify himself with every movement
connected with the business life of the city, and he soon rose to occupy a prominent place
in its activities. In 1914 he was elected Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and held
that office in 1915 and again in 1917. He was Commercial Member of the Legislative Council
from 1921 to 1923 and during this period took a prominent part in the debates in Council.
On the social side,!
Sir James was a keen member of the Royal Colombo Yacht Club, while his interest in polo
was such that he presented a cup to the Colombo Polo Club for competition between its
members. He was also a Director and Trustee of the Young Men's Christian Association
of Ceylon. Born in 1866 in Glasgow, Sir James was a son of Mr. David Broom, merchant. He
was educated at Glasgow Academy and was for many years in business in Calcutta. In 1915 he
was created a Knight, he was married to Jane Riddoch-Spence and leaves his widow and one
daughter who is the wife of Sir Charles Coupar Barrie.
Buckley, E.C.; Retired Head Guard, C.G.R. Died at Borella, 29th August 1931.
Burdayron, William; Died in Colombo, 27th Nov. 1931. Aged 24 years.
Byrde, William Lucius Walter; Who retired as Asst. Traffic Supdt., C.G.R. at the age of 49
years owing to ill health in 1915, after 19 years' service. Died at Guernsey, C.I.,
3rd Dec. 1931. Aged 65 years.
Cader, Mrs.; Wife of Mr. A.J.A. Cader. Died 4th Nov. 1931.
Candiah, C.; Retired Station Master of Slave Island. Died at Jaffna Hospital, 12th Nov.
Cassels, A.M.; Formerly Acct. of the Chartered Bank, Colombo. Died at Medan, Sumatara,
Chapman, Mrs.; Wife of Mr. T.H. Chapman, O.B.E., retired Director of Public Works, Ceylon.
Died at Bexhill, England, 2nd Oct. 1931.
Charsley, Clive; Of Sagga Estate, Negri Sembilan, F.M.S., son of Mr. H.J. Charsley
formerly of Ceylon. Died at the Seremban Hospital, 15th Nov. 1931.
Chippindall, Rev. William Sydney; Died in 1931. Aged 50 years. The late Rev. Chippindall
began his career as a tea planter in Ceylon and was later employed in the British Bank of
South America in London. He was ordained in 1911, and afterwards graduated at Cambridge.
Christoffelsz, H.P.; Of Havelock Town, Colombo. Died 12th Feb. 1932.
Claessen, James G.; Retired Station Master, C.G.R. Died at Wellatte 30th July 1931. Aged
Clarence, Mrs. Elizabeth; Widow of the late Mr. L.B. Clarence, formerly Judge of the
Supreme Court of Ceylon. Died 12th Nov. 1931 at "Heath Lodge", Fleet, Hants.
Aged 92 years.
Claridge, Mrs. E.; Mother of Mr. T.G. Claridge, of the Colombo Apothecaries Co. Ltd. Died
4th Sept. 1931, at Mitchell Hill, Truro.
Clarke, G.; Retired lay preacher of the Wesleyan Mission. Died at Mannar, 1st Jan. 1932.
Collette, H.A.; Retired Actg. Asst. Supdt. of Police. Died in Colombo, 26th June 1931.
Aged 87 years.
Cook, Dr. J.C.; Retired Asst. Director of Medical Services. Died at Pepilyana, 28th August
1831. Aged 64 years. Dr. Cooke, who joined the Department in 1890 was appointed Provincial
Surgeon of the Western Province in 1920 and in 1924 acted as Asst. Principal Civil Medical
Officer. On the re-organisation of the Department later Dr. Cooke was appointed Asst.
Director of Medical Services, from which post he retired in 1927. [Transcriber's note:
spelling of Cook/e is as shown].
Coombe, John Antony; Asst. Manager of Poonagalla Group, Bandarawela. Died at Bandarawela,
3rd Oct. 1931. Aged 55 years. Mr. Coombe was a member of a family of brothers who have
played an important part in the planting history of Cylon. Unlike his brothers, however,
Mr. John Coombe was first engaged in seafaring. For some years he was in sailing ships and
afterwards joined the British India Steam navigation Co. arising to the rank of Capt. He
was a prominent figure on the B.I. routes and had many friends in mercantile shipping
circles. He was one of the few members of the Seven Seas Club in Ceylon. About twenty
years ago, Mr. Coombe gave up his seafaring life and came to Ceylon as a planter. He was
for some time on Diyaluma Koslande, before taking up an appointment on Poonagalla Group
and remained there until his death. Mr. Coombe was a capable planter and had the welfare
of the tea industry at heart. He was a firm believer in the necessity for intensive
advertising to bring !
Ceylon tea back to the prominent position it enjoyed years ago.
Cooray, P.A.; Agent for Messrs. Delmege Forsyth & Co., Ltd., at Alutgama. Died 24th
Crabbe, George Mortimer; The veteran planter and sportsman. Died at Arcadia, Diyatalawa,
14th Sept. 1931. Mr. Crabbe was born at Elkaduwa, Matale. He was educated in England,
privately and at Dawlish, South Devon. He came to Ceylon in 1887, after being engaged for
two years in farming in New Zealand. He started coffee and tea planting under the late Mr.
Thomas Mackie on Great Western, Talawakelle, and opened up El Teb, Passara, belonging to
Capt. Gordon. In 1895, Mr. Crabbe went to Malangi in Nyasaland as Manager of the Nyasaland
Coffee Company, but returned to Ceylon two years later and assumed charge of Marawela
Estate, Ratnapura, with which he was connected until his retirement about eight years ago.
Since then Mr. Crabbe resided on his own property, Arcadia, Diyatalawa, and did some
visiting work. Mr. Crabbe was for many years closely associated with planting politics. He
held the office of Chairman of the Ratnapura Planters' Association, and later presided
over the meet!
ings of the United Sabaragamuwa Planters' Association. He always took the keenest
interest in the welfare of the district, and was one of the prime movers in the agitation
for the Ratnapura Railway. He was also a prominent figure at the meetings of the Parent
Planters' Association, serving on the General Committee and the Labour Committee. He
was J.P. and U.P.M., and a member of the Provincial and District Road Committees. Mr.
Crabbe was a great advocate of land settlement arising out of the Waste Lands Ordinance.
He was one of the most ardent members of the Game Protection Society and was for a number
of years either its Hony. Secy. or Chairman. He possessed a rare collection of slides and
cinema films of life in Ceylon jungles and his contributions on matters pertaining to Game
Protection have been invaluable.
Culanthaivalu, Mrs.; Wife of Mr. J.N. Culanthaivalu, Secy. Of the District Court of
Badulla. Died in Jaffna, Jan 1932.
Daniel, Edwin Francis; Late prosecuting Surveyor, Colombo Municipality. Died 11th April
1932. Aged 54 years.
Daniel, Francis Lionel; M.B.E., J.P., U.P.M., retired City Coroner of Colombo. Died in
Colombo, 22nd July 1931 Aged 84 years.
Darius, F.W.; Retired Salt Storekeeper of Mannar. Died 22 June 1931.
Da Silva, Cyril H.; Late of Messrs. Walker Sons & Co. Ltd., Colombo. Died 18th Nov.
Davis, Moses; Of the Church Missionary Society. Died at 'Hebron', Peradeniya, 26th
July 1931. Aged 75 years.
Davies, William John; Engine Driver, C.G.R. Died at Koddamunai, 12th July 1931. Aged 41
De Alwis, A.C.; Late of the P.W.D. Died 5th Dec. 1931. Aged 51 years.
De Breard, Mrs. Bella; Relict of the late Mr. E.G. Breard, the Colombo merchant. Died 26th
March 1932. Aged 81 years.
De Bruin, James Alfred; Retired D.T.S., C.G.R. Died 23rd Jan 1932.
De Cruse, John; Late Shroff of the Queen's Hotel, Kandy. Died 26th Oct. 1931. Aged 80
De Fonseka, Mudaliyar .F.; Died at the 'Walanwa', Horton Place, Colombo, 11th
December 1931. Aged 77 years.
De Hoedt, Mrs. Maria; Relict of the late Mr. C.W. de Hoedt, of Kandy. Died in Colombo,
12th Jan 1932. Aged 87 years.
De Koning Miss D.M.; Died at Koddamunai, 9th July 1931.
De Kretser, Mrs. Ellen; Widow of the late Mr. Horace de Kretser, Landing Surveyor, H.M.
Customs, Colombo. Died at 'Rexton', Fredrica Road, Wellawatte, 18th Dec. 1931.
De Livera, Henry Steuart; Proctor. Died in Colombo 19th Nov. 1931.
De Mel, V. Christian; Merchant. Died at 'Laxapathiya', Moratuwa, 18th Jan. 1932.
De Rooy, Mrs. Sarah; Mother of Lieut.-Col. W.E.V. de Rooy. Died 1st March 1932.
De Saram, Mrs.; Widow of the late Mr. Walter Morgan de Saram. Died at Stafford Place,
Colombo, 18th Dec. 1931. Aged 76 years.
De Seigneux, Mrs.; Wife of Mr. R. De Seigneux and sister of Mrs. L.O. Gilliat. Died at
Geneva, Switzerland, 6th Nov. 1931.
De Silva, Mrs.; Wife of Mr. J. Martin de Silva, C.C.S., Extra Office Assistant, Galle.
Died at the Civil Hospital, Mahamodera, 7th Jan 1932.
De Silva, Mrs.; Wife of Mr. Newton M. De Silva, Proctor, Ambalangoda. Died at Panadura,
30th Sept. 1931.
De Silva, D.N.C.; Chief Clerk, Messrs. Somerville & Co., Ltd., Colombo. Died 22nd Jan.
De Silva, Mrs. Emelyn Weerasirie; Wife of Mr. A.J. de Silva, landed proprietor Narawala,
Galle, and daughter of the late Mr. And Mrs. D.F. Weerasirie. Died 23rd April 1931. Aged
De Silva, Harris Richard; Asst. Supdt. of Police. Died at Bullers Road Colombo, 26th Feb
De Silva, J. Cecil E.; Supdt. of Aniakande Estate, Kandana. Died 9th April 1932.
De Silva, K. Lorenz; Died at Matara. 8th Dec. 1931.
De Silva, R.K.; Landed proprietor of Randombe, Ambalangoda. Died 30th May 1931.
De Silva, Simon; Of the Tutorial Staff of St. Joseph's College, Colombo. Died 30th May
De Vos, Dr. Cyril; Retired Provincial Surgeon. Died at 'Baron's Rhue', Station
Road, Wellawatte, 2nd Dec. 1931. The late Dr. de Vos, who was 69 years of age, retired
from the Medical Dept., after 33 years' service in 1922.
De Vos, R.A.H.; J.P. Proctor of Galle. Died 24th June 1931.
De Wilton, Major Albert Walter; Died in Jersey, 13th Oct. 1931. Major de Wilton was
appointed Inspector-General of Police and Prisons, in succession to Major Knollys in 1900.
When the two posts were separated he was succeeded by Mr. C.C. Longden, loaned from India,
as Inspector-General of Police, and continued in the Prisons appointment. He retired in
1922, at the age of 60 years.
De Zilva, Leon Hope; Of Kuala Lumpur, F.M.S. Drowned off Mt. Lavinia, 31st Jan.1932. Aged
De Zylva, John Charles; Retired Proctor. Died at Negombo, 25th April 1931. Aged 81 years.
Dep, Mrs.; Wife of A.J. Dep, of the Colombo Commercial Company Co., Ltd. Died 24th Jan.
Diacono, Mrs. Mary; Wife of the late Mr. W.F. Diacono of Maryhill Hotel, Nuwara Eliya.
Died in Nuwara Eliya, 2nd March 1932.
Dias, H.G.; Surveyor. Died 10th Nov. 1931.
Dias, P.C.H.; Died at Panadura, 27th Nov. 1931. Aged 66 years.
Dickson, A.E.; Son of the late Mr. S.K. Dickson of Coolbawn Estate, Nawalapitiya. Died
26th June 1931. Aged 31 years.
Dickson, J.A.; Consulting Engineer, of Holbrook, Lindula. Died at the General Hospital,
Colombo, 16th Jan. 1932. Aged 62 years.
Dickson, S.K.; Supdt.of Coolbawn Estate, Nawalapitiya. Died 4th Feb. 1932. Aged 59 years.
Dingwall, Mrs.; Wife of Mr. Alexander H. Dingwall, formerly a planter in Ceylon. Died in
April 1932. Aged 69 years.
Dole, B.H.; Retired Jailor of Galle. Died 16th Sept. 1931.
Don, Mrs Rosamond Margaret; Wife of Mr. E.W. Don, retired Station Master. Died 13th Oct.
Donohoe, Rev. Fr. Wilfred; Late of the Papal Seminary, Kandy. Born at Agra, 1884. Died at
the Rangoon General Hospital, 5th ec. 1931
Dow, Roderick; Father of Mr. Leslie Dow, of Thotulagalla, Haputale. Died at Suffolk, 15th
March 1932. Aged 67 years.