This is my first posting to the message board. I first posted this message to the SRILANKA-L@rootsweb.com list a few days ago; but was told it might be (more?) productive to repeat it on this message board.
Although I'm not a Sri Lankan by birth, I certainly consider myself a friend of Sri Lankan/Ceylon.If it counts for anything, my youngest daughter was born there (at Joseph Fraser Hospital, Colombo) in June 2000, when I was serving at the Canadian High Commission in Cinnamon Gardens; (in honour of her birth place we've named her "Anjalie Ceylon" ;-).
Now to the point. I've always had an interest in the military/naval history of the old British Empire in the East, particularly in the south Asia.My three years in Colombo (1997-2000) provided me with the good fortune of being able to regularly visit the Sri Lankan National Archives to research the subject.In fact, I'm currently in the final stages (I hope!) ofa book on the subject, tentatively entitled "In Defence of Ceylon: A History of British, Indian, and Colonial Forces in Ceylon 1795-1948".For anybody who might be so interested, I have attached, at the end of this message, a list of the proposed chapter titles.
As part of this research I'm looking for more information on the following individual:
James Frederick Van Langenberg: - he was born: 1895, Galle; - he was educated: Royal College, Colombo; - he was commissioned into the Indian Army 15 July 1918, into the 1st battalion of the 129th (Duke of Connaught's Own) Baluchis, serving at Quetta on the North-West Frontier (now in Pakistan); - he was demobilised from the army on 12 April 1919, with the rank of Second Lieutenant.
Although my primary interest in JFvL is during his (short) army career, I would be grateful for any information, (or leads to find such information) on the details of his life both before and after serving in the army.If one is available, I would also be *most* grateful to be able to see a photograph of him.
Thanks to all.
Cheers, Glen R. Hodgins In Our Dominion of the North (Ottawa, Canada) ------------------------------------------------- "In Defence of Ceylon: A History of British, Indian, and Colonial Forces in Ceylon 1795-1948".(forthcoming)
Table of Contents: 1. Serendipitous Events: the Capture of Ceylon, 1795 - 1815 2. Turbulence and Tranquility I: the 1818 Rebellion andBeyond 3. Turbulence and Tranquility II: the 1848 Rebellion and Beyond 4. Amateur Volunteers: the Rise of the Ceylon Volunteer Force, 1881 - 1899 5. South African War: 1899 - 1902 6. Ceylon and Imperial Defence I: 1885 - 1939 7. The Great War: 1914-18 8. Professionals and Volunteers: the Consolidation of the Ceylon Defence Force, 1919-1939 9. Ceylon and Imperial Defence II: the Second Great War, 1939 - 45 10. Ceylon and Imperial Defence III: the Post-War Years.