Was held at The Caledonian Club, 19 Halkin St., Belgrave Square.
The guest Speaker was John Lewes.
John Lewes has a very particular interest in the creation of the SAS (Special Air Service Regiment) as the nephew of Lt. JOCK LEWES who together with DAVID STIRLING created this famous unit in North Africa during the second World War.
Jock Lewes, recently commissioned into the Welsh Guards, quickly proved despite his lack of military experience, to be a radical tactical thinker, and a brilliant leader and trainer of men, and a very courageous front-line soldier – a very rare combination. In 1941 Britain was very close to losing the war, with most of our shipping in the Mediterranean being sunk by enemy aircraft operating from airfields in north Africa. Jock Lewes realised immediately on arrival in north Africa that these aircraft and their airfields had to be put out of action, and that was the task he set himself with small groups of men, carefully trained and selected by him.
John’s personal connection to these extraordinary events, and the in-depth research he has done, made his attendance at the Chelsea Society’s Christmas dinner a special treat for members and guests.
John has a history degree from the University of Liverpool, and studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and the University of London. He was a Flying officer in the RAF (VRT) and is an Honorary Member of the Welsh Guards Association. He has been interviewed by Dan Snow and appeared on BBC2’s SAS: Rogue Warriors presented by Ben Macintyre.
John is alsoJock Lewes’s biographer, and has written a novel “A Spy after All” based on the true story of the early days of the SAS. “A Spy After All” retails at £19.99 but on this occasion it was offered to members at £14.99.
“Jock Lewes Co-founder of the SAS” is priced at £14.99.