I am in search of the father of John George Cooke bn in Ceylon, on the 29th of September 1840. The father is reputed to have born around the start of the 1800's in England. He came to Ceylon (possibly) as a Colonel in the Royal Engineers Regiment (a Sapper?). It is also reputed that he helped construct the bridge across into Kandy for the Capture of Kandy during the British takeover. After his service was up he decided to stay on in Ceylon and was granted some land from the Govt. It is believe that he married a Sinhalese lady. My grandfather suggested that there may be a link with this Cooke faily to Cloucestershire.
I'm in search of any Cooke's out there that may know of any such ancestors that may have ended up in Ceylon in order to unlock this family mystery.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.