Winter-Spring 1890-91 (Age 16)

Lady Randolph proudly wrote her husband that their son had passed the Preliminary Examination for Sandhurst in everything and had been placed in the special Sandhurst class. Although naturally happy with the results, Winston suffered from a bad throat infection which improved after he visited a seaside house near Cheveley. After Christmas he experienced several other health problems. A tooth infection required many visits to a series of dentists and a strain created a hernia condition which was finally repaired sixty years later. Lord Randolph was visiting South Africa in an elusive search for his own improved health. Lady Randolph stayed home but seldom visited her son who pleaded, “please do do do come.” Winston was “adopted” by a close friend of his parents, Lady Wilton, who called herself “your Deputy Mother.” Thoughout this time, the ever reliable Elizabeth Everest (“Woom”) visited and wrote him. 

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