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Diyatalawa Camp, Ceylon

Diyatalawa Camp Ceylon

Diyatalawa military base and Training facilities, Ceylon. Coloured image #IMG73

Date: 1910 – 1920’s
Photographer/Publisher: The Colombo Apothecaries
Location: Diyatalawa, Sri Lanka.
Boer war prison camp Diyatalawa, Sri Lanka (ceylon)

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1. lititia kruger - July 17, 2015

My great grandfather was POW Ceylon 1902. We have a knife that was carved out 1902 Ceylon. His surname was either Giovanni or Gianni . We are not sure which one is his name or surname.

2. Francois du Toit - November 9, 2015

Elria Wessels, Robin Woodruff or any other person, I hope you can help.

I’m looking for names and or information on all escapees of Second Anglo Boer POWs on the Bermuda Islands.

I’m also seeking Bermuda information during the same timeframe about the following persons:

– Nicolaas du Toit, (no dates, from where or other info). Were there more than one?

– Nicklaas du Toit from Kalahari (no dates, or other info). Were there more than one?

– Johannes Jakobus Stapelberg from Volksrust. (no dates, or other info). Were there more than one?

I shall appreciate any help


3. PCF van Rooyen - November 22, 2015

My grand father was in the main camp in Ceylon. 1900 – 1902
he was from Doornhoek West, Winburg.

4. Marie vd Merwe - February 14, 2016

my friend’s grandfather was a POW in Ceylon.
Sre there lists of names available on internet ?
thank you

5. Colin Steyn - Krugersdorp - September 16, 2017

I would like to find out where I can find a list of all the Steyn prisoners that were sent to Diyatalawa in Ceylon as also the name of the Steyn pprisoners who died there and were buried there?

6. Erica du Preez - November 17, 2017

Do you have any info about my great grandfather Daniel Sarel van Aswegen? He was in the Diyatalawa camp and his prisoner number was 9417.

7. Thurai Logan - January 12, 2018

I went to the camp as an army cadet in 1973/74 period. Can’t recall much but it was a great time. Especially the long walk with just a map and a compas

8. Julia - February 6, 2018

Hi , my great grandfather Solomon Gillingham was a POW. Any information would be gladly appreciated. Many thanks

9. Sam Hallatt - May 28, 2018

Hi. William Hallatt was held prisoner in Ceylon. I have a ring which he made from a shilling with the date carved out on the inside. He was my great, great grandfather. My name is Samuel Hallatt.

10. Yves - May 9, 2019

My great grandfather was at Diyatalawa camp. If you have any information i’ll appreciate it. Did send you and e-mail.

Name: Johannes Jacobus Lombard, born 1880 Utrecht and died 1918 Dundee , South Africa.
Yves Lombard

11. Mike Townend - May 9, 2019

Solomon Gillingham
We have a paper knife carved by him as a POW and given to Herbert Wright with complimentS.
Towneley Hall museum, Burnley, Lancashire

12. Niek Kleynhans - April 30, 2020

Can you please assist me with information of Gert FRederick Dirk Geringer. His birthday was 1865-01-07
He died in the Diyatalawa Camp at Ceylon on july 1902

Thank you
Niek Kleynhans

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