Warren, Col. F.G.E. (1834-1908)

Col. Falkland George Edgeworth Warren was—late in life—a B.C. pioneer in the Okanagan-Shushwap area and notable for taking a great interest in the Sikhs when they began arriving after 1903. He was Anglo-Irish, born in Dublin and commissioned in the Royal Artillery when he was eighteen. He had served the Indian Mutiny campaign, 1857 to 1859, on the Northwest Frontier, 1863, and in the Bhutan campaign, 1864 to 1865. He became a  colonel in 1881 and he served as chief secretary, government of Cyprus, 1879 to 1891 before coming to British Columbia in retirement. He had written to the Under-Secretary of State for India in 1906 about the difficulties of the Sikhs arriving in the province, expressing concern about their situation and recommending the appointment of someone who knew the Punjab to help the immigrants find jobs and intepret for them in the courts, and to make such an appointment as a proactive measure to forestall trouble. His correspondence was fowarded to Lord Minto, the Viceroy in Delhi, who rejected his suggestion.

Sources:  A History of British Columbia (Vancouver, B.C.: Lewis Publishing Co., 1906), pp. 659-62;  Library and Archives Canada, Immigration Files, RG 76, Warren’s letters of 22 Nov. 1906 and 2 Jan. 1907; National Archives of India, Commerce and Industry: Emigration Branch Proceeding No. 14 (112 of 1906), Viceroy’s note on a file of correspondence regarding Punjabi emigration to Canada.