Sunday, January 13, 2019

The 2nd Viscount Slim, OBE, DL 1927-2019

_. The Viscount Slim, second holder of the peerage, died 12 January, 2019. He was 91.

John Douglas Slim was born 20 July, 1927, son of Field Marshal Sir William Slim, GCB, GCMG, who commanded the 14th Army at the end of World War II, served as Chief of the Imperial General Staff, 1948-53, was Governor General of Australia 1953-60. He was created a viscount in 1960.

John Slim served as a lieutenant-colonel in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, was president of the Burma Star Association; appointed OBE in 1973; a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London from 1988.

He succeeded as 2nd Viscount Slim on his father's death, 14 December, 1970. He was elected to the House of Lords (Crossbencher) in 1999.

He married 18 July, 1958, Elizabeth Spinney (who died 16 October, 2018), daughter of Arthur Rawdon Spinney, CBE, of Kyrenia, Cyprus, by whom he had two sons and a daughter.

The peerage is now inherited by the elder son, the Hon Mark William Rawdon Slim, who was born 13 February, 1960.


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