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Inspection of Fire Corps by Oliver Goonetilleke

The fall of Singapore and Malaya and the Japanese advance through Burma brought Ceylon's security into question. Civil and military defences were tightened in anticipation of a presumed Japanese attack. This picture shows the Civil Defence Commissioner, Oliver Goonetilleke, inspecting the University Fire Corps.

Picture courtesy of The National Archives

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