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To Claire Jordan,

I am replying to your query for a lost person, which I saw on the Britain-Burma Society's Lost Relatives web page (http://shwepla.net/Misspers.mv). You said:

My grandfather Bertie (BLD) Rae, a District Superintendent of Police, was doing some sort of special ops in the hills of north Burma in 1942/43, after which he was in CAS(B). The Civil List for 1943 lists him as SODD - I don't know if this is an organisation or a post.

The only other person listed as SODD is Cecil Bruce Orr who was an even more senior policeman in Burma during and after the war. In 1977 Orr, who I know from other sources was a close colleague of Bertie's, wrote a memoir about his service which is in the India Office and which will tell me what SODD was and what he and my grandfather were doing.

Unfortunately I'm in Scotland so cannot physically go to the India Office, nor can I afford to hire a researcher, and in any case I'd like to have the whole document which I'm sure will be illuminating. I tried to order a photocopy but the memoir is copyright protected and I can't have a copy of it unless I can OK it with the copyright holder.

It's extremely unlikely that Orr is still alive, since he was born in 1902, so presumably the copyright resides with his heirs.

Does anybody know who are the heirs of Cecil Bruce Orr, DIG CID for Burma in the 1940s, and where I could contact them?

Or, alternatively, does anybody know what SODD was?

Maybe I can help a bit.
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