After uploading the article on *Our Heros* on August 15th 2012, a reader has sent to the Editor a souvenir published in Tuticorin on 5-8-2000 on the occasion of golden Ther and drew our attention to an article in it , in which besides the Three Heros we mentioned already there is reference to Seven more Heros.
The article in the souvenir was by VINODH NETAJI FERNANDO.
Besides *J.P Rodriguez , A.S Benjamin and the Jathi thalivar* who were mentioned in the August 15th article , Vinodh Netaji Fernando refers to seven more freedom fighters.:-
1. Jermaih Fernandes of Punnakayal,
2. Eromier of Punnakayal,
3. Chellaih Fernandes of Punnakayal,
4. Valerian Fernando of punnakayal ,
5. T.A Fernando of Periyathazai ,
6. Peter Morais and
7. Masilamani Fernandes
Vinodh Netaji Fernando also identifies the Jathi Thalivar refered to in the August 15th article as Dom Gabriel Gomez de Cruz and points out to Lushington’s letter to Major Macaulay , Commanding officer , Palayamkottai dated 6 july 1801 and to board of revenue papers no 21 dated 1799 as authorities for the identification.
According to Vinodh Netaji,
*Jermiah Fernandes* son of Pitchiya Fernandes was born in 1895 in Punnakayal and took part in salt satyagraha in 1930 and was imprisoned for 6 months in Aligarh;
*Eromier Fernando* son of Pitchya Fernando was born in 1896 in north street Punnakayal and took part in salt satyagraha in 1930 and was imprisoned for 6 months in Cuddalore , Trichy and Bellary prisons;
*Masilamani Fernandes* was born in 1903 took part in salt satyagraha and was imprisoned for 6 months in Cuddalore and Alipuram prisons;
*Chelliya Fernandes* was born in Punnakayal in 1904, took part in salt satyagraha in 1930 and was imprisoned for 6 months in Aligarh;
*Valerian Fernandes* was born in Veerapandiyanpattanam in 1909 and was imprisoned in Trichy and Alipuram for participating in Non co-operation movement and Anti-war agitations;
*T.A Fernando* alias Thommai Antony Fernando was nick named Gandiyar in Periyathazai and participated in many of the independence campaigns; and
*Peter Morais* born in Tuticorin in 1918 participated in Toddy shop picketing and Anti foreign goods picketings. He proceeded on a *Long March* from Kurangani on 10-6-1941 through 154 villages covering 520 Kms – in Trichendur, Sri Vaigundam, Kovilpatti Taluks and in Ramanathapuram, and Madurai Districts and met villagers and infused in them the spirit of independence. He was arrested in Thiruprankundram and Dindugal and was imprisoned in Prisons at Madurai and Alipuram. Readers may kindly recollect an article on him in GLOBAL PARAVAR website
We are thankful to Vinodh Netaji Fernando for furnishing the additional information and enlightening us.