Appendix I

Principal Office Holders in the United Kingdom and Ceylon, 1940–1948[1]

United Kingdom

Ministers

Prime Minister                                        

Winston Churchill (Cons) (10 May 1940)

Clement Attlee (Lab) (26 July 1945)

Secretary of State of the Colonies      

Lord Lloyd (Cons) (13 May 1940)

Lord Moyne (Cons) (8 Feb 1941)

Viscount Cranborne (Cons) (22 Feb. 1942)

Oliver Stanley (Cons) (22 Nov 1942)

George Hall (Lab) (3 Aug 1945)

Arthur Creech Jones (Lab) (4 Oct 1946)

Colonial Office Civil Servants

Permanent Under Secretary of State  

Sir Cosmo Parkinson (1937–1940)

Sir George Cater (Feb–May 1940)

Sir Cosmo Parkinson (1940–1942)

Sir George Cater (1942–1947)

Sir Thomas Lloyd (1947–56)

Deputy Under Secretary of State      

Sir John Shuckburgh (1931–1942)

Sir William Battershill (1942–1945)

Sir Arthur Dawe (1945–1947)

Sir Sidney Caine (1947–48) – joint

Sir Charles Jeffries (1947–56) – joint

Assistant Under Secretary of State, Responsible for Eastern Dept. and from April 1943, the Ceylon and Pacific Department

Sir Henry Moore (1938–1939)

Sir Alan Burns (1940)

William Battershill (1941)

G.E.J. Gent (1942–1946)

C.J. Jeffries (1947–1948)

Assistant Secretary, head of the Eastern Dept. and, from Apr 1943, the Ceylon and Pacific Dept.

G.E.J. Gent (1939– 1941)

K.W. Blaxter (1941, acting)

J.J. Paskin (1942–1943)

J.B. Sidebotham (1943–1948)

 

Ceylon

 

Governors                                           

Sir Andrew Caldecott (16 Oct 1937–17 Oct 1944)

Sir Henry Monck–Mason Moore (3 Dec 1944)

Board of Ministers

Chairman

The Chief Secretary (ex–officio)

Vice–chairman

Sir D.B. Jayatilaka (17 Mar 1936–30 Nov 1942)

acting D.S. Senanayake (11 Jan–27 Mar 1936; 7 Dec 1936–12 Jan 1937; 14 Apr– 4 July 1937; 14 Aug 1937–9 Oct 1942)

D.S. Senanayake (2 Dec 1942)

Minister of Home Affairs

Sir D.B. Jayatilaka (17 Mar 1936–30 Nov 1942)

Sir A. Mahadeva (2 Dec 1942)

Minister of Agriculture and Lands

D.S. Senanayake (17 Mar 1936)

Minister of Local Administration

S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike (17 Mar 1936)

Minister of Health

W.A. de Silva (17 Mar 1936–18 Feb 1942)

G.E. de Silva (25 Feb 1942)

Minister of Labour, Industry and Commerce

G.C.S. Corea (17 Mar 1936)

Minister of Education

C.W.W. Kannangara (17 Mar 1936)

Minister of Communication and  Works

J.L. Kotelawala (17 Mar 1936)

Officers of State

Chief Secretary                                        

M.M. Wedderburn (23 Nov 1939–3 Feb 1940)

G.S. Wodeman (3 Feb–4 Mar 1940, acting)

M.M. Wedderburn (4 Mar– 8 Apr 1940)

G.S. Wodeman (8 Apr–30 May 1940, acting)

G.S. Wodeman (30 May–3 Dec 1940)

W.L. Murphy (3–6 Dec 1940, acting)

G.S. Wodeman (6 Dec 1940–7 Apr 1942)

R.H. Drayton (7 Apr–6 July 1942, acting)

R.H. Drayton (6–24 July 1942)

C.H. Collins (24 July–2 Aug 1942, acting)

(Sir) Robert Drayton (2 Aug 1942–17 Oct 1944)

C.H. Collins (17 Oct–3 Dec 1944, acting)

Sir Robert Drayton (3 Dec 1944–13 May 1945)

C.H. Collins (13 May–10 Dec 1945, acting)

Sir Robert Drayton (10 Dec 1945–14 Apr 1946)

Jones (14–21 Apr 1946, acting)

Sir Robert Drayton (21 Apr 1946–1 Apr 1947)

C.H. Collins (from 1 Apr 1947)

Legal Secretary

J.C. Howard (1 Oct 1936–1 Dec 1939)

J.W.R. Illangakoon (1 Dec 1939–10 Feb1940, acting)

R.H. Drayton (10 Feb 1940–9 Apr 1942)

J.M. Fonseka (9 Apr– 23 June 1942, acting)

J.H.B. Nihill (24 June–7 July 1942, acting)

J.H.B. Nihill (7 July 1942–1 Sept 1943)

R.H. Drayton (1–22 Sept 1943)

J.H.B. Nihill (22 Sept 1943–5 Apr 1945)

M.W.H. de Silva (5 Apr–4 Oct 1945, acting)

M.W.H. de Silva (5 Apr–4 Oct 1945, acting)

J.H.B. Nihill (4 Oct 1945–25 Jan 1946)

Nagalingam (25 Jan–6 May 1946, acting)

J.H.B. Nihill (6 May 1946–15 Oct 1947)

A.E.P. Rose (from 15 Oct 1947, acting)

Financial Secretary                                  

H.J. Huxham (2 Oct 1937–22 Apr 1940)

C.H. Collins (22 Apr–6 Dec 1940, acting)

H.J. Huxham (6 Dec 1940–17 Nov 1942)

C.E. Jones (17 Nov 1942–23 Jan 1943, acting)

C.H. Collins (24 Jan–13 July 1943, acting)

H.J. Huxham (13 July 1943– 30 Jan 1945)

C.E. Jones (30 Jan–1 May 1945, acting)

Sir Oliver Goonetilleke (1 May–24 June 1945, acting)

Sir Oliver Goonetilleke (24 June 1945– 8 Jan 1946)

C.E. Jones (8 Jan–13 Apr 1946, acting)

C.J.D. Lanktree (14––21 Apr 1946, acting)

C.E. Jones (21 Apr–5 May 1946, acting)

Sir Oliver Goonetilleke (5 May–11 June 1946)

C.E. Jones (11 June–4 Nov 1946, acting)

Sir Oliver Goonetilleke (4 Nov 1946– 8 March 194 7)

C.E. Jones (from 8 March 1947, acting)

[1] Adapted from K. M. de Silva’s BDEEP volumes.

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