John Slim, 2nd Viscount Slim

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The Viscount Slim

Viscount Slim 2017.jpg
Slim in the Lords chamber, 2017
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
27 May 1971 – 12 January 2019
Hereditary Peerage
Preceded byThe Viscount Slim
Succeeded byThe Lord Ravensdale
Personal details
John Douglas Slim

(1927-07-20)20 July 1927
British India
Died12 January 2019(2019-01-12) (aged 91)
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Branch/serviceBritish Army
Years of service1944–1972
Commands22 Special Air Service Regiment
Battles/warsSecond World War
Korean War
Malayan Emergency
Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
AwardsOfficer of the Order of the British Empire

Colonel John Douglas Slim, 2nd Viscount Slim, OBE, DL, FRGS (20 July 1927 – 12 January 2019) was a British peer, soldier and businessman. He was one of the 92 hereditary peers in the House of Lords, elected to remain after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999. In 1970, he succeeded to his father's title. He sat as a crossbencher.

Life and work[edit]

The son of Aileen (née Robertson) and William Slim (later the 1st Viscount Slim), he was born in Quetta in British India and was educated at Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College in Dehradun. In 1944, Slim joined the 6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles of the British Indian Army and was later transferred to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1948. He entered the Special Air Service in 1952. From 1961, he was instructor at the Staff College, Camberley, and from 1964 at the Joint Services Staff College. In 1972, he retired from the armed forces at the rank of lieutenant colonel with a later honorary promotion to colonel. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire the following year.

Slim was chairman of Peek plc from 1976 to 1991, deputy chairman from 1991 to 1996, and eventually consultant from 1996 to 2003. He was further director of Trailfinders travel company and Trustee of the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCEL). From 1971 until his death he was president of the Burma Star Association and from 2000 president of the SAS Association. He was also Patron of Prospect Burma, a London-based charity that offers higher education scholarships to Burmese students as well as the Graham Layton Trust, a British charity which helps to raise money for eyecare in Pakistan.

From 2005 to 2016 Slim was Patron of the Burma Children's Fund a UK Charity supporting children's education and health care in Burma. Having been chairman in the past, he was vice-president of the Britain–Australia Society. From 1977 to 1996, he was vice-chairman of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce. In 1983, Slim was made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Between 1995 and 1996, he was also Master of the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers. He served as an honorary chairman of The OSS Society.

Slim was married to cordon bleu chef Elisabeth Spinney from 1958 until her death in 2018.[1] They had two sons, Mark William Rawdon Slim, who succeeded him as viscount, and Hugo John Robertson Slim, and a daughter Mary Ann Elisabeth Slim.

Slim died on 12 January 2019, aged 91.[2]


Coat of arms of John Slim, 2nd Viscount Slim
Coat of Arms of William Slim, 1st Viscount Slim, KG, GCB, GCMG, GCVO, GBE, DSO, MC, KStJ.png
A Coronet of a Viscount
Out of a Crown Vallary Or a Peacock in its Pride proper gorged with a Collar and with a Line reflexed over the back Or
Gules semy of Swords erect Argent a Lion rampant Or on a Canton quarterly Azure and also Argent a Mullet of seven points Gold
Dexter: a British Soldier in jungle green Battle Dress with web equipment the exterior hand supporting a Rifle with bayonet affixed; Sinister: a Gurkha Rifleman in North West Frontier dress with web equipment the exterior hand supporting a Rifle all proper
Merses Profundo Pulchrior Evenit (A recompense is fairer from a depth)


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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Joseph Slim
Viscount Slim
Succeeded by
Mark William Rawdon Slim
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New office
Elected hereditary peer to the House of Lords
under of the House of Lords Act 1999
Succeeded by
The Lord Ravensdale