The Old Aldenhamian Society
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Dick Vincent SHE1945-50 has died
12 September 2018
Field Marshal The Lord Vincent of Coleshill GBE KCB DSO, Richard Frederick Vincent SHE1945-50, who sadly passed away on 8 September after a long illness was one of the most distinguished OAs.
After National Service, Richard Vincent became a full time soldier with the Royal Artillery initially serving with British Army of the Rhine. He then served with the Commonwealth Brigade in Malaysia during the Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation. He commanded 12th Light Air Defence Regiment in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, for which he was awarded the DSO, and later commanded 19th Airportable Brigade. He went on to be Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff in the late 1980s and then Chief of the Defence Staff in the aftermath of the Gulf War. He subsequently became Chair of the Military Committee of NATO in the mid-1990s.
He was ennobled in the 1996 Birthday Honours, being created a life peer and retired from the House of Lords in 2016. He was Chancellor of Cranfield University. For many years Richard Vincent was a Governor of the School and on his retirement from the Board was made an Emeritus Governor. He was also an inspirational Past President of the OA Society. His portrait hangs in the School Dining Hall. Details of a Memorial Service will be available on the OA website in due course.
On behalf of the OA Society, our sincere condolences are conveyed to all his family.

James James-Crook
President, OA Society
The Old Aldenhamian Society
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