John Slim, 2nd Viscount Slim
The Viscount Slim
Slim in the Lords chamber, 2017
|Member of the House of Lords|
27 May 1971 – 12 January 2019
|Preceded by||The Viscount Slim|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Ravensdale|
John Douglas Slim
20 July 1927
|Died||12 January 2019(aged 91)|
|Years of service||1944–1972|
|Commands||22 Special Air Service Regiment|
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
|Awards||Officer of the Order of the British Empire|
Colonel John Douglas Slim, 2nd Viscount Slim, (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
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. 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.
- "DodOnline". Archived from the original on 3 October 2006. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
- "SpecialOperations.com". Archived from the original on 8 June 2007. Retrieved 22 June 2007.
- "Obituary – Viscountess Slim, chef and military wife". Scottish Herald.
- "Viscount Slim, son of the great Bill Slim who commanded 22 SAS and gave stalwart support to Burma veterans – obituary". The Telegraph. 16 January 2019. (registration required)
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Viscount Slim
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
William Joseph Slim
| Viscount Slim
Mark William Rawdon Slim
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
created by the House of Lords Act 1999
| Elected hereditary peer to the House of Lords
under of the House of Lords Act 1999
The Lord Ravensdale