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Winston, Churchill and Me – a memoir of childhood 1944-1950

An excerpt from Winston, Churchill and Me. Get your copy at Amazon.com


AUGUST 1949 (first visit)

Someone in a maid’s uniform took me up a flight of stairs to a light and spacious drawing room. Mrs Pamela Churchill, Winston’s mother, sat at one end of a long white sofa. She wore a deep blue dress made from a silky material that rustled as she moved. Winston was there too, sitting on the floor, doing something with a comic. He looked exactly the same as he did at school:  messy and awkward with his pencil, he made funny noises through his nose when he breathed. His mother was beautiful, really beautiful,  calm and poised, smoking a cigarette. “You must be Jonathan,” she said. And then, quite shortly after that “The car will be here very soon”.

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Visiting Chartwell Again After Sixty-Five Years

Author Jonathan Dudley recounts visiting Chartwell as a child in Winston, Churchill and Me – a memoir of childhood 1944-1950. Get your copy at Amazon.com here.


A couple of years ago, that would be in 2015, I decided to take myself back to Chartwell. I had just finished writing the first full draft of a short memoir capturing the strangeness and the wonder of staying there with Mr and Mrs Churchill in the summer of 1949 and again in 1950. In 1949 I was eight years old–classrooms at my all-boys school in London were furnished with double-desks, each one shared by two boys sitting side by side.  The little boy I was told to sit next to in this our final year at the school couldn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, be described as my great friend – I had hardly spoken to him during the two or three years we had been at this expensive private school in South Kensington. Nevertheless, Winston, for that was his name, mentioned one day that his grandmother had asked him to bring a friend when he went to stay with her and his grandfather in their country house in Kent this summer. “Would I,” he asked me solemnly, “like to be that friend?”

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An Evening with Churchill

Location: The Vancouver Club, 915 Hastings Street West, Vancouver, B.C.

On Thursday, September 21, guest speaker Ilai Saltzman. He will address our Society on “Churchill, Truman, the State of Israel and the Current Middle East”.

Dr Ilai Saltzman is the Associate Director of Academic Programs at the Israel Institute in Washington, D.C. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Haifa, a Master’s in International Relations (magna cum laude) and a B.A. in International Relations both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Last Call for New York City

 Detailed Conference Schedule Now Published

Time is running out to register for the 34th International Churchill Conference, which will take place at the J. W. Marriott Essex House in New York City on October 10, 11, and 12. Follow this link to register today. Read Now >

My New York Misadventure

On the night of 13 December 1931, history nearly took a turn for the worst when Winston Churchill left the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City to visit a friend up town. A few weeks later, he recalled what happened next in an article for The Daily Mail.

I had finished dinner and was inclined to go to bed; but an old friend of mine rang up and suggested that I should go round to his house. He was Mr. Bernard Baruch, who was the head of the War Industries Board during the two years I was Minister of Munitions. He said he had one or two mutual friends whom I was most anxious to meet, and as the hour was a little after half past nine, I was readily enlisted in the project. Read Now >

National Churchill Library and Center

The National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC) has announced an extensive lineup of speakers for this autumn. All events are free to attend. Located on the ground floor of the Gelman Library at the George Washington University in Washington, D. C., the NCLC opened in October 2016. It is the headquarters of the International Churchill Society and the premier center in North America for research into the life and times of Sir Winston Churchill. Read Now >

An Unsuited System

Review by WARREN DOCKTER

Christopher M. Bell, Churchill and the Dardanelles, Oxford University Press, 2017, 464 pages, $34.95. ISBN 978–0198702542. Get your copy at Amazon.com here.

The ill-fated attempt during the First World War to force the Dardanelles Straits by naval vessels alone began on 18 March 1915. By April, it had become painfully obvious to the War Council in London that the operation could not succeed. Exasperated First Sea Lord Jacky Fisher wrote to Churchill at the Admiralty on the 5th to voice his concerns directly exclaiming, “You are just simply eaten up with the Dardanelles and can’t think of anything else! Damn the Dardanelles! They will be our grave!” Read Now >

Churchilliana

By BRIAN KRAPF

This six-inch tall chalkware statue of Winston Churchill is the only known piece of pottery that combines his head with the body of a bulldog. It is definitely from the Second World War war period and was likely produced in 1940-41. Unfortunately, the piece is not marked so we do not know the manufacturer. Read Now >

The Churchill Quiz—Autumn Edition

By JIM LANCASTER

The popular Churchill Quiz is published exclusively online. Find out if you know as much about Sir Winston Churchill as you think you do and learn something new in the process. Each new edition of the quarterly feature is uploaded to the International Churchill Society website. The latest installment is now available. Click here to view the AUTUMN edition of the quiz. Read Now >

Letter from Young Winston to Lady Randolph

Each month we feature a document from the Churchill Archives Centre at Cambridge University

Letter from a young Winston Churchill to Lady Randolph Churchill detailing his report from Harrow School

In 1888 the thirteen-year-old Winston Churchill was attending Harrow School, a prestigious boarding school in Middlesex, London. Although Churchill was an intelligent boy, his difficulty focusing on subjects he wasn’t interested in – such as Latin – meant he struggled with a poor academic record. He entered Harrow in the lowest class and with the lowest grades, much to the disappointment of his father. Churchill was, however, fascinated by geography and history and was considered one of the best history students in his division.

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