Jock VI Relieves Jock V as Official Host at Churchill's HomeJock VI
A changing of the guard took place this past month as Jock VI succeeded Jock V as the official feline of Chartwell Manor, Winston Churchill's country home near Westerham, Kent. Churchill dearly loved animals and had many pets during his long life including dogs, cats, birds, pigs horses and sundry other creatures. His last pet was an orange tabby cat given to him as a birthday present in 1962 by his long-time private secretary Sir John "Jock" Colville and thus named for the giver. Churchill asked that there should always be such a cat residing at Chartwell. The National Trust, which took over the property after Churchill's death in 1965, has always honoured the request. The purrfect arrangement continues to surprise and delight visitors.
Plans in Place for Finishing the Official Churchill Biography
Hillsdale, MI: Following the successful publication earlier this year of the first new volume of documents to accompany the Official Biography of Winston Churchill since 2001, Hillsdale College Press announced a program for completion of the magisterial work. The recently published Volume 17, Testing Times
, will be the last to be edited by Sir Martin Gilbert, whose health precludes him from continuing the Olympian task. Dr. Larry P. Arnn, President of Hillsdale College and a former research assistant for Sir Martin, will take over as editor of the remaining volumes. The project is funded by Hillsdale's "Rebirth of Liberty and Learning" campaign.
Paul Reid Delivers Annual Kemper Lecture On Churchill
Fulton, MO; 2 March 2014: The National Churchill Museum of the United States located on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, invited Paul Reid to deliver this year's Enid & R. Crosby Kemper Lecture. Reid is the author of the third and final volume of The Last Lion
, the highly acclaimed biography started by William Manchester over thirty years ago. This volume, subtitled Defender of the Realm
, covers the years 1940-65 and is dominated by the events of the Second World War. To watch the discussion in its entirety, please CLICK HERE
Nigel Hamilton Describes How Churchill's View of theField Marshall Evolved From Fractious to FriendshipNigel Hamilton
New Orleans, 4 April: Nigel Hamilton, official biographer of Lord Montgomery, spoke to the 31st International Churchill Conference about the complex and evolving relationship between the prime minister and the field marshal that came to a head soon before the D-Day landings. According to Hamilton, Churchill initially despised Montgomery in private but respected his abilities. As one officer explained, "Monty was not a nice man, but nice men didn't win wars." Still, when Churchill learned that Montgomery planned to take over 2000 officers and clerks in the early days of the cross-channel invasion simply to keep records, the prime minister decided to have it out with the commander of the armies in person, an episode not related in Churchill's official biography or in most leading accounts of the war. Hamilton, however, had the story from Monty himself.
Con Coughlin and Churchill Descendant Alexander Perkins DiscussL-R: Con Coughlin, Allen Packwood, Alex Perkins
New Orleans, 4 April: Con Coughlin, executive foreign editor of the Daily Telegraph
and author of Churchill's First War
, sat down with Alexander Perkins, an Afghanistan war veteran and great-grandson of Winston Churchill to discuss similarities between fighting on the northwest frontier of India in the 19th and the 21st centuries. Allen Packwood, Director of the Churchill Archives, moderated what proved to be one of the highlights of the 31st International Churchill Conference.
31st International Churchill Conference is Big Success
Full Coverage of Events in New Orleans & World War II Museum
The 31st International Churchill Conference took place April 3-5 in New Orleans in conjunction with the National World War II Museum of the United States. "Fighting and Writing" made up the twin themes of this year's conference, and there was much of interest that was said about Churchill's accomplishments in both fields. In addition to taking in panel presentations, attendees toured the nearby museum. Festivities concluded on Saturday night with a black-tie gala dinner in the new Boeing Center wing of the World War II museum. Dining directly underneath a restored B-17 Flying Fortress (the heaviest aircraft fully-suspended from a ceiling), guests were entertained by the Victory Belles, a tribute group to the famous Andrews Sisters. Celia Sandys wound up the evening by declaring the conference one of the most successful ever.