Mr. K.B. Alahakone

“Kay Bee”or “Hathy”as he was popularly known in the Scout World was born on 23rd January 1900, at Hurikaduwa, Manikhina.

His father Raja Wadiya Weda Waidiya Wasala Mudiyanselage Ran Banda Alahakone was an Ayurvedic Physician and his mother vernacular teacher.

He received his entire education at Dharmaraja College, Kandy. He left the school after obtaining his English School Leaving Certificate (ESLC).

He began his scout life at 13 years of age when he joined the 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout Group under Mr. J.H. De Saram.  Some of his contemporaries were the Hon. William Gopallawa, B. K. Billimoria Esq. etc.

  • ·         Attended the “Coming of Age” Jamboree, Birkenhead, England, UK in 1929
  • ·         Deputy Camp Chief , Boy Scouts trained at Gilwell Park, London in 1929 where he also obtained the Wood Badge
  • ·         Member of the Scout Headquarters staff
  • ·         Served in the Scouter’s Colony founded by Mr. J.H. De Saram during 1931 to 1933
  • ·         Awarded the Medal of Merit in 1945
  • ·         Awarded the Silver Lotus in 1960
  • ·         Was Sub-Camp Chief Grenier Sub-Camp at the Golden Jubilee Jamboree, held in Colombo from 28th February to 3rd March 1952
  • ·         Completed 50 years of scouting in 1962
  • ·         Member of Training Team for scouters Kandy 1961 to 1963
  • ·         Awarded Silver Lion 1973

Service Particulars

After leaving the school he served as a teacher at Sri Rahula College, Katugastota and then joined the clerical service at the Agriculture Department in Colombo. Then he joined Government Audit department.

In 1933 he joined Prison Department as a Jailor Class II. He was attached to Prison in Jaffna during 1942 to 1945. He became the Chief Jailor of Bogambara Prison in 1945 and continued there until 1950.  Then he served as the House Officer, H. M. Training school for youthful offenders in Watupitiwala for two years.  In 1952 became the  Assistant Superintendent of Pallakele, Open Prison Camp. Mr. Alahakone went on to become Acting Superintendent of Bogambara Prison in 1959 and continued until his retirement on 23rd January 1960.

As Assistant Superintendent, Open Prison Camp Pallekelle he set up the Open Prison Camp on a Scout model, using the patrol system. It was like other scouters colony. This novel experiment was so successful that the Japanese Government made arrangement to copy this model in Japan and the then Commissioner of Prisons. Mr. V. N.  Pillai was invited to Japan to prepare this model.

Mr. Alahakone was married to Miss Gina Swarnawathy Girihagama, at Handessa on 14th June 1935. He has one son and a daughter.  

Source : President Scout - Mr. Jagath Alahakoon (Grand son of Mr. K. B. Alahakoon)