T. S. B. Sally

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Tuan Samayraan Buhary Sally
Nickname(s) Tacky
Born (1924-03-18)March 18, 1924
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Died August 3, 2012(2012-08-03) (aged 88)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Allegiance Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Service/branch Sri Lanka Army
Rank Brigadier
Unit Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment
Commands held Chief of Staff, Sri Lanka Army
Battles/wars World War II,
1971 Insurrection
Awards Several awards and medals.

Brigadier Tuan Samayraan Buhary Sally, SLSR was a Sri Lankan military leader, he was the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army.[1]

Born and educated in Kandy, Sally joined the Ceylon Defence Force during World War II in 1942 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 5th Battalion, Ceylon Light Infantry. He specialized as a 3" mortar platoon commander and was demobilized after the war with the rank of Lieutenant. In 1947, he joined the Royal Military Police (Ceylon) serving in Singapore and Malaya. In 1948 he was promoted to Captain.

With the formation of the Ceylon Army he was commissioned into it as a regular army as Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion, Ceylon Light Infantry in 1950. The year after he was sent to the British Army School of Infantry at Netheravon and on his return he was promoted to Captain.

In 1956, he was promoted to Major and was appointed adjutant of the Ceylon Sinha Regiment and in 1967 as a Lieutenant Colonel became the commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, Ceylon Sinha Regiment. The following year became the commanding officer of the Ceylon Sinha Regiment and left for training in the US.

On his return he became a staff officer and in 1974 was promoted to the rank of Colonel. In 1977, he was promoted to Brigadier and was appointed Chief of Staff, he served in this post until his retirement on 18 March 1979. He was the acting Commander of the Army on two occasions and was the last officer from the Ceylon Defence Force to leave active service.

For wartime service in World War II, he had earned the Defence Medal and the War Medal 1939–1945, and for service in the Ceylon Army, he received the Ceylon Armed Services Long Service Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal and the Ceylon Armed Services Inauguration Medal. He was the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Malay Confederation.


Brigadier sally had a received a stroke about 1 month before his death. He was disabled on the right side of his body and he laid in bed in the hospital throughout this time. He was visited by his family members everyday until his death in 3rd of August 2012. He was given a military funeral and videos can be found online by his family members who posted it on YouTube.