100 Years after World War I – A list of War Dead from Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

Ceylonese soliders who had volunteered to fight in World War I died when the “Ville de la Ciotat” was torpedoes by a German U Boat. Those who survived managed to get to London and enlist to fight in World War I.

Ceylonese soliders who had volunteered to fight in World War I died when the passenger steamer “Ville de la Ciotat” was torpedoed by a German U Boat. Those who survived managed to get to London and enlist to fight in World War I.

As the world marks 100 years after the outbreak of World War I we provide information of the list of war dead from the island of Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon. Over 350 volunteers from Ceylon are known to have been killed in World War I. In a previous posting we shared some rare footage of volunteers from Ceylon who had arrived by sea and survived the torpedoing of their ship, it was a french ship called the “Ville de la Ciotat” – the footage shows these soldiers from Ceylon marching into an office in London to enlist in World War I.

For information on those who died in World War I from Ceylon please see:

Information on the “Ville de la Ciotat” torpedoed by a German U Boat. Over 80 passengers and crew died. Those Ceylonese soldiers who survived managed to get to London and enlist to fight in World War I:

http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?58907
http://uboat.net/wwi/ships_hit/6349.html

Read a newspaper report from the archives of the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia published on the 27th of December 1915 detailing the sinking of the ‘Ville de la Ciotat.’ The Sydney Morning Herald says the survivors were taken to Malta. The soldiers from Ceylon would have then travelled from Malta to London by ship.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/page/1272231?zoomLevel=1

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