DECORATIONS AND MEDALS FOR LONG
SERVICE IN THE VOLUNTEER FORCE of CEYLON
(NOW SRI LANKA)
A sample biography of a recipient
of the Efficiency Medal [Ceylon]
2/Lt. Don Charles Oswald Terrence Ameresekere (Ceylon Garrison Artillery)
D.C.O.T. Ameresekere was born on 11 Dec 1919 in Weligama, Ceylon, and was
the son of Don Charles Andris Condrad Ameresekere and Dona Mary Eugenie
Wijenayake, of the 'Ameregiri', Kandana, Ceylon.
He enlisted in the 1st Coast Regt. CGA (Regt.No. 1763) as a Gnr. on 1 Oct
1938. He was mobilised for War Service on 2 Sept 1939 (Made non-effective on
1 Oct 1939 and re-effective on 1 March 1940). He was appointed Act. L/Bdr on
6 June 1942; L/Bdr 26 March 1943; T/Bdr 1 Nov 1944; Bdr 1 Feb 1945.
2/Lt. D.C.O.T.Ameresekere, Ceylon
He was commissioned in the CGA as 2/Lt. (#987) on 28 Oct
1945 (C/G 23 Nov 1945). He was awarded the EM [Ceylon] on 20 Aug 1948
(Naming on the Medal and the Gazette notification shows as Amerasekera), and
posted to the Reserve on 1 Oct 1948.
He resigned his commission on 22 Feb 1951. He was the
recipient of the 1939-45 Defence & War Medals. He attended the 12th General
Assembly of the World Veterans Federation, in the Hague 9-13 Oct 1967.
He was actively involved in the St.John's Ambulance Brigade in Ceylon, being
appointed District Staff Officer, Grade IV on 2 June 1962 and later was it's
President. He received the SJABO Long Service medal and the Bronze
Re-examination Badge (Cross).
He was also active in the Boy Scout Movement in the Moratuwa-Piliyandala
Scouting District in Ceylon, and appointed Asst. District Scout
Commissioner, 1963-71, He received the Certificate of Merit 4 Feb 1966 (Asst.District
Comm.); Deputy Leader of the Ceylon Contingent of Boy Scouts of the
12th World Jamboree
in Idaho, USA in 1967. Awarded the
Scout Wood Badge, 25
May 1967. Group Scout Master, 3rd Piliyandala Scout Group 1970-72. District
Scout Commissioner 1971-73. Awarded the Medal of Merit, 25 Aug 1973 (Dist.Comm.).
In the Uniform of an Officer in the
St. John's Ambulance Brigade
He was made an Honorary Life Member in 1973. Appointed HQ
Commissioner 1973-75. Awarded the "Thanks" Badge, 16 March 1974 as Vice
Chairman, Exec.Committee; As Asst. Chief Commissioner, awarded the Order of
the Silver Lotus [for Distinguished Service] on 13 May 1977 and the Service
Decoration [for Long Service] on 9 Jan 1979.
He also served in the Special Police Reserve.
He joined the Lions Club International in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in 1970 and
transferred to the Canadian Lions Club in 1978. He was the President of his
club in 1987/88; Zone Chairman 1988-89; He held all the offices in the Club
except the Secretary. He had 27 years perfect attendance, a
Life Member of
the Int'l Association of Lions Clubs, and was elected a
Melvin Jones Fellow
in 1991, Recipient of the Achievement Award, 100% President Award and the
Lion of the Year in 1983/84. In total, he had 35 International, District and
Club awards to his credit. He has attended over 17 International
Conventions. He was also an active member of the Canadian Cancer Society and
a Fellow of the British Institute of Management. He died in Scarborough,
Ontario, Canada on 18 May 1997.
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