Ananda old boys: Sets of brothers
Sunday Observer Jan 20, 2002
by B. Donald
I joined Ananda
College, Colombo in January 1935 and was a hosteller for 10 years. Going down
memory lane I would like to reminisce on the sets of brothers who were
hostellers during this period. Pride of place goes to the Herath Gunaratnes from
Galmuruwa, Madampe they were Charlie, Cyril, Austin who became doctors, Lionel
There had been four
other brothers of the same family prior to 1935. Among them one being a Buddhist
priest. They had a hostel room for themselves, shared in addition by a nephew
Augustus, a son of the eldest Guneratne, and a first cousin Kumarasena
brothers, Banduwardewa during whose captaincy Ananda had won all cricket matches
against all other schools in 1934, Ranapala who was Chairman Lake House,
Risisoma who passed out as a doctor and went to India on a holiday during the
Hindu Muslim riots, and was never heard of thereafter, the last was Leelaratne a
banker popularly known as Dekka.
The Four Peiris
brothers L.D.H. (David) who was later principal Royal College, Colombo, L.H.R.
who was a permanent secretary of the Ministry of Justice, L.C.H. a businessman
and L.R.H. Four de Silva brothers, Harry a fine athlete, Noel a journalist at
Lake House, Barcroft (Barky) who was a planter, and Lloyd who was Senior
Secretary in the Ministry of Transport.
brothers from Kitulgoda, Edmund one of the fastest bowler during his time.
Herbert a fine athlete, and soccer player. Austin an all-rounder, cricket,
athletics and soccer and Earnest a member of the Governor's cup team in
It would not be out
of place to mention here that Ananda was the only school to win this trophy and
they won it twice competing with the Ceylon Planters Rifle Association
(European) and the army. The four P.L. brothers from Deniyaya, P.L. Jinadasa was
won the Deniyaya seat in 1977 but was unfortunate to sit in Parliament as he
died before the first sitting, P.L. Chandradasa a cricketer and athlete, P.L.
Premadasa and P.L. Buddhadasa.
unforgettable event was when Principal Mr. P. de S. Kularatne returned to Ananda
in 1936 after a reorganisation period at Dharmaraja College, Kandy, and
temporarily occupied 3 rooms in the hostel with Mrs. Hilda Kularatne, sons
Ananda, Parakrama, and daughter Maya, who is now a live wire and an active
member of the Senior Ananda OBA.
brothers from Bulathkohupitiya, Melville, Franklyn and Allen all of whom were
well recognised planters. The Athukoralas, from Palmadulla were Cyril, later a
planter, Upali a doctor, and Danapala (EAD) who is a retired Judge of the
brothers Ananda de Silva, later attached to the Fisheries Department, Upali a
Chartered Accountant, and FAO Rome, and Nissanka an Engineer. The Karunatilaka
brothers from Kalawila, Bentota, Chandrasoma, Abeysoma and Wijesoma. Fernando
brothers sons of the COC bus magnate B.J. Fernando, Richard who was a superb
cricketer who captained Ananda and also played for combined Colleges during his
time, Sirisena, Sammy who died very young, during his school days.
brothers AWS who was later Commissioner of Examinations AHS and AAH. Three
Perera brothers Dannister, Neville and Granville.
Sam Wijesinghe who was the Director General of Parliament, and an elder brother
whose initials I cannot recollect. S.J.P. Wickramasuriya (Kolla) and younger
brother who was a brilliant mathematician.
brothers from Kumbuke, Horana, ADP and ADH. The Martin brothers Henry and Jeffry
from Hatton. V.K. Wilbert Perera and V.K. Premaratna from Kegalle.
brother Dayananda Fernando. Lasil and Linton Soysa from Panadura, the latter was
an executive at Bartleet company, Jayaneil and Wijesoma Peiris from Panadura. K.
Harischandra and K. Karunasena from Hikkaduwa both of whom were teachers.
There were also
three Gunasekere brothers, sons of Mr. D.S. Gunasekere who was a Member of
Quite a lot of the
above brothers are no more, it may be that I have missed some siblings during
this period as it is more than fifty seven years since my leaving school, I jope
I would be forgiven by all of them.