Seems like our research efforts are not too far apart. I am also researching recipients of the "VD" and "ED" but for the entie Commonwealth and Empire. Guess what, I was born in Ceylon!
Although my Ceylon lists are complete as far as dates and recipients are concerned, the not all full christian names or retiring ranks have been established. Furthermore, I am not actually collecting biographical data. Nevertherless, I have the following information about this particular officer:
His christian names were "James Thomas" and he completed the war as a full Colonel in the CDF. The PRO in Kew has a typed report on the services of European officers in the CDF during WW2.
His "MC" was awarded in 1917. I do not know the exact date or have details of the citation but the page number of the London Gazette for the announcement is page 3938 of 1917.
Hope this information proves useful.
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