Two retired Sri Lankan Army Commanders, including the first Sri Lankan Army Chief died last Monday.
Major General Anton Muthukumaru (93), the first Sri Lankan army chief after independence died in Australia after a prolonged illness.
Former army chief D. Sepala Attygalle also died at a private hospital in Colombo on the same day.
Major General Muthukumaru was the commander of the Sri Lanka Army from 1955 to 1959 and after his retirement had been living in Canberra. He was the third to command the Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) Army.
He was educated at St. Joseph’s College, Colombo and Oxford University.
General Sepala Attygalle was the Commander of the Sri Lankan Army from 1967 to 1977. After retirement he held a number of top positions such as the Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in the UK, chairman of Air Lanka ltd, chairman Airport and Aviation Services Ltd.
He was educated at Royal College, Colombo and the University of Ceylon.
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