I wondered if there is anyone in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) who would know anything about the Malay 'deserters' from the Kandyan Wars who were court martialled 1815?
Or - could somebody please give me some advice as to how to go about finding a newspaper/journal article relating to my ancestor who was court martialled in Colombo 19th May 1815.
During 1803-4 O'DEANE/OODEEN was the drum major in the 1st Ceylon Rifle Regiment when captured by the Kandyans, along with the British which included Major DAVIE/DAVEY.
Court-martialled in Colombo 1815 by the British he was sentenced to death but sentence was commuted to 'Life' transportation to Australia. Sydney newspaper states that he gave evidence at his trial on the demise of British officers in captivity.
While in 'captivity', had ? married a Sinhalese girl and they had three children 1806-10. The family were allowed to travel with him to New South Wales per "Kangaroo'arriving February 1816.
Have searched the Public Records Office, London catalogue and also poured through a lot of the books/articles in the bibliography of Geoffrey Powell's "The Kandyan Wars" with-out success.
I would be so very grateful for any help or advice. Glennys(Sydney)