Educated at Wellington School, Somerset and Sandhurst, Freddie Viggers was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Artillery in 1972 and saw service in Northern Ireland, Germany during the Cold War, Bosnia and Iraq, as well as visiting many other countries during command and staff appointments.
He was made a Companion of the Cross of St Michael and St George for his contribution to the stabilisation of Iraq, and was further honoured with a Knighthood in 2007. He retired from the army in 2008 in the post of Adjutant General, then the army’s equivalent of personnel director. In 2009 he took up the post of Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod in the House of Lords but illness unfortunately forced his early retirement from conventional employment.
Freddie revived a childhood interest in riding, which led to becoming a Trustee of the Andover Group of Riding for the Disabled and his military experience was instrumental in the invitation to become President of Care After Combat, a new(ish) charity which aids Veterans in prison, mentoring them through their sentence and providing assistance on release to try to prevent reoffending. He maintains an active interest in his old Regiment, and has only recently handed on the Presidency of their 2000-strong serving and retired Association.
Appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire in 2008, this privilege means that Freddie is able to meet many people in all walks of life in the County; a particularly enjoyable duty is representing the Lord Lieutenant at Citizenship Ceremonies.
Date: Tuesday 6th June 2017
Time: 15:00 to 17:30
Venue: The Best Western Shrubbery Hotel, Station Road, Ilminster TA19 9AR