|Sunday, 14 November 2004
Remembering World War I veterans
On November 1, 1918 ceasefire agreed by the British and German forces to end the First World War. Since 1919, it was called Armistice Day presently as Remembrance Day. Fallen and the wounded are remembered with parades and religious ceremonies.
First Sri Lankan contingent of volunteers for active service went in the French ship named 'Ville de la Ciotat'. It was sunk somewhat in the Mediterranean Sea by a German submarine. 14 Sri Lankans died in the sinking.
First Sri Lankan to be killed in action in WW1 was Lt. G.C.B. Loos (3rd Worcester). He was a son of Mr. F.C. Loos, Member of the Legislative Council.
Governor Robert Charlmers' son Lt. Robert Chalmers also died in action. 49 Sri Lankans died in the WW1. 276 Britons from Sri Lanka also died fighting at the front. Altogether 325 from Sri Lanka sacrificed their lives.
Roll of Honour World War 1 (Sri Lanka)
Lt. C.G.B. Loos
They shall grow not old, As we that are left grow old, Age shall not weary them, Nor the years condemn At the going down of the Sun, and in the Morning, We shall remember them
Major Anton Edema
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