Life Vice President of the Trust dies

The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust is sad to report the death on 31 January 2019 of Air Vice-Marshal David Hawkins-Leth CB MBE DL, a Life Vice President and long-term supporter of the charity. He was 81.

Commissioned into the Royal Air Force Regiment in 1959, David Hawkins-Leth served in many operational theatres around the globe. His final appointment, in the Rank of Air Vice-Marshal, was as Commandant-General of the RAF Regiment and Director-General of RAF Security.  

Following his military career he was appointed Yeoman Usher of the Black Rod in the House of Lords and In 2009 he was appointed Director of Military and Government Affairs for WDSL Aerospace Ltd, taking on a similar post with Coltraco Ultrasonics Ltd in 2014.

David was appointed a Gentleman Usher to Her Majesty The Queen in 1994, becoming an Extra Gentleman Usher in 2007.  He was a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London from 1994 until 2012, when he went to live in Denmark on his wife Dr D Hawkins-Leth’s retirement from her dental practice in Harley Street. He died in the UK after returning to spend his last weeks with his immediate family, his two brothers. The funeral will be held in Denmark.

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Air Vice-Marshal David R Hawkins-Leth ((second from right) during the opening of The Wing by Her Majesty The Queen in 2015.


2 thoughts on “Life Vice President of the Trust dies

    I knew Sir as our second in command of 63LAA Sqdn. while in Singapore, he was what I would call one of lads Officer. While we the squadron that is was at our gunnery range I would caught doing some relief carving on a lid for a box that I was making , the encouragement I got form Flt/ Lt Hawkins was like getting praise from you own father. He was in my mind one officer that stood out from all others I could name one or two but I would not like to embarrass (M.E.)

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