The Ceylon Planters’ Rifle Corps

Ceylon Planters’ Rifle Corps in the First World War

Suren Ratwatte
Tales from the Long War
4 min readMay 25, 2023

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By the dawn of the 20th century Ceylon was a prosperous colony. Tea and rubber plantations produced a great deal of the island’s wealth. Spread mainly in the misty highlands, on land seized by the Crown and sold to British investors at nominal rates, the sprawling estates were originally planted with coffee. But a blight decimated the bushes in the 1870s and tea (Camellia sinensis) was planted in lieu. This proved successful, with Ceylon Tea gaining a reputation as the world’s best in a…

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Suren Ratwatte
Tales from the Long War

I love airplanes and history. Trying to combine both interests in this blog, with stories of the old aircraft and the recollections of those who flew them.