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Lord Trenchard-Founder of the RAF

Event date | Apr 22, 2024

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at 6pm on Monday 22nd April 2024, at Chelsea Old Town Hall, the Third Viscount Trenchard will talk about his grandfather, the first Viscount, who founded the RAF. 

Marshal of the Royal Air Force Hugh Montague Trenchard, 1st Viscount Trenchard, GCB, OM, GCVO, DSO, learned to fly in Summer 1912 and gained his aviator’s certificate (No. 270) on 31 July flying a Henry Farman biplane at the Sopwith School of Flying at Brooklands. He was appointed second in command of the Central Flying School, and held senior positions in the Royal Flying Corps during First World War.  He was commander of the Royal Flying Corps in France from 1915 to 1917. In 1918, he served as the first Chief of the Air Staff before taking up command of the Independent Air Force in France. Returning as Chief of the Air Staff under Winston Churchill in 1919, Trenchard spent the following decade securing the future of the Royal Air Force.

The Third Viscount  is a banker and company director and has worked for Kleinwort Benson,  Robert Fleming, Prudential and other financial institutions. He is currently a consultant to Simon Robertson Associates. He is a hereditary member of the  House of Lords, a Deputy Lieutenant of London, and Deputy Chairman of the RAF Benevolent Fund.  He is also Vice Chairman of the British-Japanese Parliamentary Group and was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, by HM The Emperor of Japan in 2014.

Tickets £20 (to include a glass of wine) available from the Box Office of the Cadogan Hall, 3 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ in person, or by post with cheque payable to Cadogan Hall, or by phone 0207-730-4500 (booking not available online). A charge is made to the Society by Cadogan Hall for card payments.  NB. The meeting is at Chelsea Old Town Hall, not at the Cadogan Hall.

Chelsea Society events are for our members, but members may also bring guests for whom they take responsibility.  When booking tickets members should use only the name in which they are known to the Society (if in doubt please check with the Secretary).

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