Oswald Leslie De Kretser II
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 Oswald Leslie De Kretser II, CMG (7 June 1882 - 11 November 1959) was a Ceylonese (Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is a country off the southern coast of the Indian subcontinent. Known until 1972 as Ceylon , Sri Lanka is an island surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait, and lies in the vicinity of India and the...

n) judge. He was a Puisne Justice
Puisne Justice
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 of the Supreme Court of Ceylon
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Born to Oswald Leslie De Kretser I a District Engineer of Public Works Department, Ceylon; he was educated at the prestigious Royal College Colombo
Royal College Colombo
The Royal College of Colombo was founded in January 1835 in Colombo. It is considered to be the leading Public School in Sri Lanka...

. In 1905 he became a Advocate
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 of the Supreme Court of Ceylon and began his legal practice.

In 1924 he became the District Judge
District Judge
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 of Batticaloa, District Judge Chilaw in 1925, served in the Judicial Service Commission in 1935. In 1936 he served as the Additional District Judge Colombo and Acting District Judge Jaffna as well as Acting Solicitor General
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. He was also the Commissioner of Assize in Negombo, Kalutara, Ratnapura and Jaffna. In 1938 he was made an Acting Puisine Justice and retired from the Supreme Court in 1945. For his service he was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.

He married Ruby Irene Leah Shirley Thomasz. One of his sons, Oswald Leslie De Kretser III
Oswald Leslie De Kretser III
Justice Oswald Leslie De Kretser III was a Ceylonese judge. He was a judge of the Supreme Court of Ceylon.Born to Oswald Leslie De Kretser II a Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Ceylon, he was educated at the prestigious Royal College Colombo...

also became a judge of the Supreme Court of Ceylon.

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