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Field Marshal William Joseph Slim (1891–1970), 1st Viscount Slim, c.1945

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Slim joined Kitchener’s Army of 1914, serving in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He was badly wounded at Gallipoli (1915) and again in 1917. Evacuated to India he was given the temporary rank of major in the 1st Bn 6th Gurkha Rifles and was officially transferred to the Indian Army in 1919. During the Second World War (1939-45), Slim commanded the 10th Indian Infantry Brigade in Eritrea from 1940 to 1941 and the 10th Indian Division in Iraq and Syria in 1941.

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  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    101.6 x 76.2 cm

  • Accession number

    NAM. 1990-05-32

  • Acquisition method

    gift from Major J. R. Allan, 1990


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