DiyatalawaMajor Anton Edema3
Institute with a Medical Dispensary & a dormitory.¦B¦ bungalow was laterbecame the Hospital for the Boers.Present Post Office was earlier known as ¥Rose Cottage¥& was also a Holidaybungalow.
After the Boer war the prisoners were sent back to South Africa in1902.After the departure of Boer prisoners Diyatalawa became aGhost town. Many proposals were made to the government but theGovernor Sir West Ridgeway authorized the abandoned POW camp tobe used as a Rest camp for the Military &
avy: an encampment forthe Ceylon Volunteers £ Later Ceylon Defense force (CDF) & for theCeylon survey Department.
In 1903 Volunteers Annual Camp was transferred fromUrugasmanhandiya to Diyatalawa & the period of the camp extendedfrom 8 to 15 days.Detachments from Ceylon Mounted Infantry, Ceylon Planters Rifles, CeylonLight Infantry, Ceylon Artillery Volunteers, Royal
avy & a British Regiments(West Kent & 98
Infantry) which was stationed at that time participated in thefirst camp.
With the establishment of the Military,
avy & Survey campsDiyatalawa developed into a Garrison town. Civilians who did businesswith the military sometimes named their institutions with military names.¥Happy Valley¦ Stores, ¥Army &
avy Stores¦, ¥Emden¦ Saloon are fewexamples.