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“He Was My Hero”: David Cameron Tells Memorial Service For His Elder Brother



Former Prime Minister David Cameron told a memorial service that his brother Alex, who passed away earlier this year, was his hero.

Cameron, 56, was emotionally speaking at a memorial service for his elder brother who died earlier this year from cancer.

Talking at the congregation in St Luke’s Church, Chelsea, the former PM said “he was my hero”.

He added that he credited his brother with helping him become Prime Minister in 2010.

Another friend, Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell, said that Alexander had once considered dropping law and instead pursuing a career as a bullfighter.


The Mail reported that he said: “Al confided he was thinking about giving it all up to pursue a career in bullfighting.

“In his twenties, Alex developed an unlikely love of bullfighting. At one time he was the only non-Spanish speaking UK subscriber to a Spanish bullfighting magazine.”

Mr Wilmot-Sitwell attended the congregation along with friends and family of the late barrister who died on March 21 after a battle with cancer.

Alexander and David Cameron.

Alexander and David Cameron.

Alexander’s death was announced by his chambers, Three Raymond Buildings, earlier this year, with a statement saying:  “It is with immense sadness that Chambers announces the death of Alexander Cameron KC.

“Alex was considered to be one of the best silks at the Criminal Bar during his illustrious career and was a hugely respected and inspirational head of these Chambers.

“He will be missed enormously, and our heartfelt condolences go to his wife, Sarah, their children Imogen and Angus, and to his wider family.”


Writing about his brother when he guest edited an edition of the Big Issue in 2011, Cameron reflected on his brother’s impact on his life, saying: “I lived in the shadow of my older brother.

“He was three years older and was a huge success. It was great to have that kind of role model and I was incredibly proud of him, but like many younger brothers, you find yourself always a few steps behind.

“If I could give my younger self some advice, I’d say: don’t worry about it. Your life is not predetermined.

“You’ll find your own feet in your own way. It was not until I left school that I felt I was breaking out of my brother’s shadow and doing my own thing.”


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