Ex-Army Chief Gen. Sepala Attygalle dies

Former Army Commander, General D. S. (Sepala) Attygalle passed away on Monday after a brief illness. He was 79 years-old at the time of his death.

Gen. Attygalle born on 21 October 1921 was educated at Royal College, Colombo and later graduated at the University of Ceylon.

On 15 November 1940 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant of the Ceylon Defence Force at the age of nineteen. In October 1967 he was promoted as Major General and appointed as the Army Commander the same month. Later he was elevated to the rank of Lt. General in April 1974 and was the first officer of the Sri Lanka Army to hold that position. Having been promoted as General on October 13, 1977, Gen. Attygalle retired the next day.

After his retirement, Gen. Attygalle was Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence for a brief period and was later appointed as Secretary, Defence during the administration of late President J. R. Jayewardene in 1977.

Gen. Attygalle was appointed as Chairman, Air Lanka and Airport Aviation during the administration of President Ranasinghe Premadasa. He was also Sri Lanka’s High Commission to UK.