I have been collecting Military Medals for the last ten years, and have seen many books about Orders, Decorations and Medals to various countries, but none dedicated solely to awards relating to Sri Lanka (Ceylon). In order to correct this situation, I have started, in 1996, a project to collect data of awards relating to Sri Lanka (Ceylon) from 1795 to the present. At that time I was not aware of how many different awards there were, and anticipated the outcome to be a booklet of about 100 pages. Today, there is enough data in my files to fill a huge volume, and now I have information not only about the medals, but photos of medals, photos and biographical data of the recipients, and in most cases, complete lists of recipients for each type of award. As a result of this research I am planning to publish two books-
1. Orders, Decorations and Medals relating to Sri Lanka (Ceylon) from 1795 to the present.
2. Decorations and Medals for Long Service in the Volunteer Forces of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)
I have had the support and contributions from a large number of people from all over the world. (Please see the Acknowledgement sections) who have generously shared with me information from their own research or about Ceylon related items in their own collections. Many of these are Medal Collectors and Genealogists, and others are people who had served in the Armed Forces and the Police, in Sri Lanka, or relatives of such personnel.
Yet, I am missing some important data, especially about Honours and Awards of the present Republic of Sri Lanka, without which my book will be incomplete. I would be grateful if any one who reads this can help me obtain these details (Please see the ‘Assistance Needed’ section for a list of items I am looking for).
Since it is an enormous undertaking, I am still in the process of collecting data, and would like to hear from anyone who is a recipient of any of the above awards, or know of any recipients. I would also like to hear from you if you have any Orders, Decorations and Medals that relate to Sri Lanka (Ceylon) in any way.
The Objective of these two projects is to record the names and the deeds of the recipients of Orders, Decorations and Medals relating to Ceylon / Sri Lanka (both military and civil), for posterity.
The Third Project is the biography of my relative, the late Air Vice Marshal Rohan Amerasekera DFC and Bar, a veteran of WW2, and the first Ceylonese to command the RCyAF, and I would like to hear from anyone who knew him, at any stage of his life.
You can contact me at- Ceylon_Medals@hotmail.com
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