Viscount William Joseph Slim Slim

Viscount William Joseph Slim Slim

Slim, William Joseph Slim, 1st Viscount, 1891-1970, British field marshal. He saw service in several campaigns, notably Gallipoli and Mesopotamia, in World War I. After the war he joined the Indian army, rising in rank to brigadier in 1940. He commanded (1940) British forces in Sudan and led (1941) a division in Iran and Iraq. He went (1942) to Myanmar as corps commander and led (1943-45) the 14th British Army in the reconquest of that country from the Japanese. He served as chief of the Imperial General Staff from 1948 to 1952 and was made field marshal in 1949. He served as governor-general of Australia from 1953 to 1960, when he was created viscount.

See his Unofficial History (1959) and Defeat into Victory (rev. ed. 1961); G. C. Evans, Slim as Military Commander (1969); biography by R. Levine (1976).

Viscount Slim, of Yarralumla in the Capital Territory of Australia and of Bishopston in the City and County of Bristol, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1960 for Field Marshal Sir William Slim upon the end of his term as Governor-General of Australia. As of 2006 the title is held by his son, the second Viscount. He is one of the ninety elected hereditary peers that remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act of 1999, and sits as a cross-bencher.

Viscounts Slim (1960)

The Heir Apparent is the present holder's son Hon. Mark William Rawdon Slim (b. 1960)

The Heir Apparent's eldest son and Heir Apparent is Rufus William Rawdon Slim (b. 1995)

See also


  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
  • Leigh Rayment's Peerage Page

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