I am looking for information about my grandfather, Stuart William HOWARD, last heard of in Ceylon in 1934.
He was born October 4, 1873 (baptised in Agra), the son of William and Margaret HOWARD (his father, William, was Head Clerk to the Political Agent in Jeypore).
He served in the army as an engineer - not much detail available except he was in railway construction, with evidence of his being involved in the building of the Wainganga Bridge in 1906 (the same year he married my grandmother Mabel Violet RIX) and of his being in the North West Frontier Field Force (Landi Kotal) in January 1920. His son (my father) was born in 1913.
He was in Kenya in 1924 (possibly earlier), but separated from my grandmother when she returned with my father to England in 1926. He returned possibly to India, possibly direct to Ceylon.
In 1934 (he would then have been aged 61) he wrote from Colombo (c/o Thomas Cook) to my father on his 21st birthday, and to my grandmother on their wedding anniversary. I have nothing further.
From my father (now deceased) I gather he died in Ceylon. I would like to find out what he was doing in Ceylon, when he died, and where he was buried.
If anyone can provide information, or suggest further avenues of enquiry, I would be most grateful.
(Chelmsford, Essex, England)
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