The Burma Star Association exists to relieve need, hardship or distress among men and women who served in HM and Allied Forces or the Nursing Services in the Burma Campaign of the 1939-45 war or are otherwise entitled to be holders of the Burma Star or Pacific Star with Burma Clasp and for their widows, widowers or dependants.
It is with sadness we announce the death of the Association's President, Viscount John Slim on Saturday 12th January 2019.
The Viscount was born in British India on 20 July 1927 and educated at the Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College in Dehra India. In 1944 John Slim joined the British Indian Army 6th Gurkha Rifles and was transferred to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1948. He entered service with the Special Air Service in 1952. From 1961 he was an Instructor at the Staff College, Camberley and from 1964 at the Joint Services Staff College. In 1972 re-retired from the armed forces at the rank of Lt Colonel with a later honorary promotion to Colonel. He was appointed OBE the following year.
From 1971 to his death on 12th January 2019 he was President of the Association and from the year 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. He also served on the board of the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League for a number of years. John was always interested in the welfare of the Burma veterans and their widows. He will be missed by all in the Association.
For your diaries the AGM will be held on Saturday 11 May at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffs at 1100 followed by Remembrance Services at the Association's Memorial Grove and the Chindits' Memorial at approx 1230.
It is expected that the Annual Wreath Layings in London will be held on 4th September 2019, depending on the approval of the Metropolitan Police.