Thanks for your mail - what a lovely surprise! As far as I know the Gerald Ernst you speak of was a great-uncle of mine (or a great-great grandfather). I am named after my own grandfather, who left Ceylon in 1924 and settled in South Africa. My father, Vernon Derek Ernst was also born in Ceylon (1921) and died in South Africa in 1994. I am Derek's youngest child (born 1977) and have spent most of my life in South Africa, although I am relocating presently to the United Kingdom for two years. I have a copy of our family tree which I can post to you. Feel free to contact me with any details / questions you might have (firstname.lastname@example.org).