John Slim, 2nd Viscount Slim

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The Viscount Slim

Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
27 May 1971 – 12 January 2019
Preceded byWilliam Slim, 1st Viscount Slim
Personal details
John Douglas Slim

(1927-07-20)20 July 1927
British India
Died12 January 2019(2019-01-12) (aged 91)

Colonel John Douglas Slim, 2nd Viscount Slim, OBE, DL, FRGS (20 July 1927 – 12 January 2019) was a British peer and soldier. 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 Robertson and the 1st Viscount Slim, he was born in British India and educated at Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College in Dehra Dun in India. In 1944, Slim joined the British Indian Army 6th Gurkha Rifles and was 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 OBE 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 he 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.

He was married to cordon bleu chef Elisabeth Spinney from 1958 until her death in 2018.[1]

They had two sons, including his successor Mark William Rawdon Slim, and one daughter.



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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Joseph Slim
Viscount Slim
Succeeded by
Mark William Rawdon Slim