The Third Viscount Trenchard will talk about his grandfather, at 6pm on Monday 22nd April 2024, at Chelsea Old Town Hall.
Marshal of the Royal Air Force Hugh Montague Trenchard, 1st Viscount Trenchard, GCB, OM, GCVO, DSO was the founder of the Royal Air Force.
In Summer 1912, Trenchard learned to fly 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 subsequently appointed as second in command of the Central Flying School. He held senior positions in the Royal Flying Corps during First World War, serving as the 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 by Cadogan Hall for card payments. NB. The meeting is at Chelsea Old Town Hall, not at the Cadogan Hall.