Commander of the Ceylon Defence Force

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Commander of the Ceylon Defence Force was the title of the head of the Ceylon Defence Force.[1] The post was created in 1888 and existed until 1949. The Commander of the Ceylon Defence Force was succeeded by the Commander of the Army.

List of Commanders[edit]

No. Portrait Rank Name Appointment Left office Unit Decorations
Ceylon Volunteers (1888-1896)
1 Lieutenant colonel Francis Conninsby Hannan Clarke 20 April 1888 27 August 1893 Royal Artillery CMG, psc, FRGS, FRCI, CLIV
2 Lieutenant colonel Henry Byrde 28 August 1893 13 May 1896 57th Regiment of Foot CLIV
Ceylon Volunteers Force (1896-1913)
3 Colonel A. F. C. Vincent 13 May 1896 1902 Scottish Rifles CMG
Major H. G. Morris 1902 1902 Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
3 Colonel A. F. C. Vincent 1902 14 March 1913 Scottish Rifles CMG
Lieutenant colonel Gorden Fraser 14 March 1913 13 May 1913 VD, CLI
3 Colonel A. F. C. Vincent 13 May 1913 31 May 1913 Scottish Rifles CMG
Ceylon Defence Force (1913-1946)
4 Brigadier general R. B. Fell 1 June 1913 6 March 1914 Scottish Rifles CB
Lieutenant colonel W. G. B. Dickson 6 March 1914  ? CMR
Honorary Lieutenant colonel Edward James Hayward 7 October 1914  ? CBE, VD, CAV
4 Brigadier general R. B. Fell  ? 31 December 1919 Scottish Rifles CB
Lieutenant colonel Thomas Howard Chapman 1 January 1920 21 July 1920 OBE, VD
5 Brigadier general F. M. G. Rowley 22 July 1920 8 February 1927 CB, CMG, DSO
6 Colonel Albion Earnest Andrews 9 February 1927 14 December 1928 Hampshire Regiment OBE
Lieutenant colonel G. B. Stevens 14 December 1928 28 April 1929 Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps VD
7 Colonel Edward Bromfield Ferrers 29 April 1929 3 March 1935 Black Watch DSO
8 Colonel Robert Burton Lesley 3 March 1935 12 May 1937 Royal Lincolnshire Regiment MC
9 Colonel Gorden Calthrop Throne 13 May 1937 5 February 1939 Royal Norfolk Regiment
10 Colonel Reginald Strelley Moresby White 6 February 1939 1 January 1942 Leicestershire Regiment OBE
11 Colonel T. G. Watson 1 January 1942 1945 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars
12 Colonel R. A. McGeorge 1945 1946 The Rifle Brigade
Ceylon Defence Force & Ceylon Volunteers Force (1946-1949)
Colonel Randolph Jewell Francis Mendis 6 April 1946 7 August 1949 OBE, ED, BA

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Commandants". ceylondatabase.net. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 

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