Captain Henry Pedris commemorated

Captain Henry Pedris commemorated

Captain Henry Pedris commemorated

Written by Staff Writer

07 Jul, 2016 | 9:36 pm

A memorial was held on July 7, in remembrance of Captain Henry Pedris, a national hero who sacrificed his life for the independence of the nation.Henry Pedris was born on August 16, 1888 in Galle and received his primary education at Royal College Colombo and S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia.

Pedris joined the military soon after his higher education and  went on to become a captain of the Colombo Town Guard at the time.

Captain Henry Pedris was executed by British officials on July 07, 1915 for acting against the crown.

The execution of Henry Pedris, who asked for his blindfold to be removed at the time he was execute, was viewed as extremely unjust by most Sri Lankans, hastening the movement towards independence.

The charges that were made against him were later proved to be false.

The parents of Henry Pedris constructed the Isipathanaramaya in Havelock Town, Colombo after the demise of their son and in the year 1971. A first day cover and a stamp was also issued on his behalf.

An alms-giving was held today at the Isipathanaramaya reminiscing late Captain Henry Pedris.

The 101st memorial was held opposite the statue of Henry Pedris in Havelock town.A group of family members of Henry Pedris also attended the event.

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