Born in Perth in 1920, Neil Cameron rose through the ranks of the RAF to become Marshall of the RAF. Educated at Perth Academy after a short time in a bank he joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve in May of 1939. With the declaration of war by Britain in September of 1939 came a commission as a pilot officer for Neil Cameron. He saw combat in North Africa and Russia and rose to the rank of Squadron Leader in Burma flying Thunderbolts. Neil Cameron was awarded the DSO and the DFC. Illness put an end to his flying but the next stage of his military career saw him become a military strategist and thinker. Politically Neil Cameron was very much a man of the Right, supporting nuclear deterrent. After various RAF staff jobs he became Chief of Defence Staff. After his retirement in 1979 he was elected Principal of King’s College, University of London. He died in 1985.