Field Marshall the Lord Bramall, KG, GCB, OBE, MC, JP, DL (1923-2019)

Anonymous 13 November 2019

It is with great sadness that we heard about the passing of our former President Lord Bramall who died on 12th November aged 95.

Lord Bramall will best be remembered as a war hero, having  joined the Army at the age of 18 and took part in the D-Day landings. In Normandy, he was wounded twice but quickly returned to duty eventually being awarded the Military Cross for bravery. He served in Borneo and then West Germany at the height of the Cold War as he rose through the ranks becoming Chief of the General Staff  in 1979. In 1982 he oversaw the Falklands campaign, finally retiring in 1985 as a Field Marshal.

He then went on to have a 26-year career in the House of Lords.

From his early days as a schoolboy Dwin, as he was known, had a real passion for cricket eventually becoming President of the MCC and Honorary Life Vice President.

He became President of London Playing Fields Foundation in 1990 serving the charity with great distinction before standing down in May 2012.

Chief Executive  Alex Welsh said, “The Foundation was so fortunate in having Lord Bramhall as President. As a passionate cricket lover, he was hugely supportive of our cause and always made it a priority to share our big moments such as the opening of Douglas Eyre Sports Centre and Peter May Sports Centre. A humble, warm man, he had a gift for making people feel at ease and you always felt better having been in his company. I suppose that’s what made him such a great leader.”