Service of Thanksgiving for Field Marshal The Lord Vincent of Coleshill GBE KCB DSO - Thursday 28 March 2019
15 January 2019
A service of thanksgiving will be held in honour of Field Marshal The Lord Vincent of Coleshill GBE KCB DSO, Richard Frederick Vincent, on Thursday 28 March at St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey at 12.00 noon.
To apply for tickets online please visit Eventbrite or write, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope to Mr M. Arnoldi, Room 28, 20 Dean's Yard, London SW1P 3PA. Tickets will be posted by March 19. The School and the OA Society expects to be well represented at the service of this notable OA.
Dick Vincent (SHE1945-50) sadly passed away on 8 September 2018 after a long illness. He was one of the most distinguished OAs.
After National Service, Dick 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 Dick 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.