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Early British Ceylon military records

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Re: Early British Ceylon military records

Posted: 1272977737000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Cooke, Goodchild
For many years I have been unable to find the name of my original ancestor who came is supposed to have come to Ceylon in the Royal Engineers. I wonder if there is some info you may be able to find on him. The surname is Cooke. Here is some other info I have on him -

In the Genealogy done by W.H.Jan Cooke, details of unknown Cooke state that he engineered a Satinwood bridge in Ceylon, perhaps in his capacity in the army when in Kandy.

“Unknown” Cooke was most likely born around the start of the 1800's in England. He came to Ceylon as a Colonel in the Royal Engineers Regiment as a Sapper. It is reputed that he helped construct the bridge across into Kandy for the Capture of Kandy during the British takeover. After his service was up he decided to stay on in Ceylon and was granted some land from the Govt. It is believe that he married a Sinhalese lady, Elizabeth ? Whom converted to Christianity. They had 2 boys we know of and thus began the two branches of the Cooke family in Ceylon.

I wonder also if there is record of a Goodchild, John Thomas?

Any info you could offer would be greatly appreciated.
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