Winston Churchill in August 1943 Winston Churchill was a soldier, politician, statesman and writer who served in World War I, and then, as prime minster during World War II, led Britain to victory over Nazi Germany. He is considered to have been one of Britain’s greatest prime ministers. He started his political career in 1900, as Conservative MP for Oldham in Manchester. He served twice as prime minister, from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955.
Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born on 30th November 1874 at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. His father, Lord Randolph Churchill, was a Conservative politician and the youngest son of the 7th Duke of Marlborough. His mother, Jennie Jerome, was the daughter of a New York banker. Winston was trained as an officer in the British army at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, and joined a cavalry unit in 1895. He served in India and Egypt with the army. But alongside his army duties, he began to take on work as a war correspondent for various newspapers.
Churchill gives a speech in Durban, South Africa, in 1899, shortly after escaping from a prisoner of war camp.
Churchill painted pictures in order to relax, completing around 600 of them. Several of his paintings were printed on Hallmark greeting cards (the company was founded by Churchill’s long-time friend Joyce Hall).
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