Windsor Castle was today (Tuesday) the scene of the funeral of Field Marshal Viscount Slim, the hero of the Burma Campaign in World War II.
Windsor Castle was today (Tuesday) the scene of the funeral of Field Marshal Viscount Slim, the hero of the Burma Campaign in World War II. Full military honours were accorded to Lord Slim, whose cortege was escorted by many of his war-time colleagues, such as Earl Mountbatten; Prime Minister Edward heath and representatives of the Australian forces, the Burma Star Veterans and the Gurkha Brigade. Lord Cobbold represented the Queen.
Among the soldiers and civilians who lined the streets from the Victoria Barracks to St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, were representatives of the Fourteenth Army which Commander Slim led to victory against the Japanese 25 years ago.
The lawns of Windsor Castle - where Lord Slim was Constable and Governor until his retirement in June this year - were heaped with floral tributes, many of them from Australia, where he was Governor-General for six years and known affectionately as "Uncle Bill". When he was knighted in 1960 he took the title of Viscount of Yarralumla, after the Australian town of that name.
Lord Slim entered the Army as a volunteer private in World War I- rising to Field Marshal after serving in almost every field of battle from the Dardanelles to France, Syria, Iraq and the Far East campaigns, in which he became famous for his military tactics and superbly-executed manoeuvres.