The Air League wishes to note the sad passing of our long-term supporter, Colonel John Slim, 2nd Viscount Slim, aged 91.
Viscount Slim was born in British India to William ‘Bill’ Slim, 1st Viscount Slim. He went on to carry out his education in India, and eventually joined the British Indian Army 6th Gurkha Rifles in 1948, after being transferred to the Argyll Sutherland and Highlanders. With the growth of his military career, he went on to command the 22 Special Air Service Regiment in 1952 and served in Malaya, Borneo, Kenya, Cyprus, Aden and Oman.
Following his retirement from the Army, Viscount Slim worked in business and went on to hold several directorships as well as dedicating his time to charitable causes.
In 1970 he succeeded to his father’s title and in 1999 was one of the hereditary peers elected to remain in the House of Lords. He was a member of the Defence Committee.
Viscount Slim served as a council member (1977-1998) and Vice-Chairman (1981- 1986) of the Air League. He also acted as the National President of the Burma Star Association, the President of SAS Regimental Association and as the Master of the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers.
Colonel John Slim, 2nd Viscount Slim, OBE, DL, was born on July 20, 1927. He died on January 12, 2019, aged 91