Winston Churchill, Statesman 1874-1965
"Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace, the family seat of
ancestors, the Dukes of Malborough. He was educated at Harrow and
Sandherst. He served as a cavalry officer and war correspondent before
entering Parliament in 1900. With only one short interval he continued to
be a Member of Parliament until 1964. Churchill made his mark on British
politics at an early age. In the 1930's his warnings of the dangers of war
which lay ahead and Britain's state of unpreparedness, fell largely on deaf
ears, but it was the period 1940 to 1945 which brought him to his full
stature as a charismatic leader of a nation at war. As both Prime Minister
and Minister of Defense, his indomitable resolution and his inspiring and
memorable oratory proved a rallying point for the national spirt of resistance, especially during the
dark days of the Blitz. He was a key figure, not only in Britain's conduct of the war but in the co-ordination of strategy between the Allies which lead to final victory.
While leader of the Opposition between 1945 and 1956, Churchill actively pursued the aims of
Anglo-American unity and European co-operation which were always close to his heart. He again
became Prime Minister in 1951. Four years later at the age of 80, he resigned office.
He is commemorated on Westminster Abbey by an inscribed stone, set in the floor next to the
tomb of the Unknown Warrior."
From QEII CC London
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