BOAKE, William John Slade. Colombo 1844 — London 2.6.1889. British (Irish) Civil Servant in Ceylon. Son of Rev. Dr. Barcroft B. of Dublin (1814–1876), Principal of Colombo Academy in 1842-70, and Mary Catharine Slade (d. 1860). Obtained Lic. Med. of Trinity College, Dublin, and Diploma of Medicine and Surgery, Glasgow. In 1867 he joined the C.C.S. and served as Police Magistrate and Assistant Government Agent in several places, in the end in Mannar district. Retired in 1889. Married Rhoda Beamish (d. 1875). His report on Mannar was deemed excellent by his superiors.
Wikitree.com has also 1855–2.6.1889, but calls him “Lieutenant pf Ceylonese Light Infantry” and has Streatham, Surrey (which now belongs to London).
Publications: “[The Ruins of] Tirukkétísvaram, Mahátírtha, Mátóddam, or Mántoḍḍai”, JRAS-CB 10:35, 1887 (1889), 107-117, 1 pl.
– Mannar: a monograph. 86 p. 1888.
Sources: J.R. Toussaint, Annals of the Ceylon Civil Service. 1935, in Br. Biogr. Arch. 2nd series; birth & death at http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com; death also in J.H. Martyn, Notes on Jaffna. Tellippalai 1923.