The Philanthropic VC Holder

As well as being awarded the VC, OM, DSO & Two Bars and DFC, ‘Leonard’ Cheshire was the RAF’s youngest group captain but is perhaps best remembered for founding his philanthropic post-war work concerning the care of the disabled

Geoffrey ‘Leonard’ Cheshire was born in Chester on September 7, 1917 but brought up near Oxford. He then studied law at Oxford University where he enjoyed the hedonistic lifestyle associated with the wealthy students of the era.

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