Bulletin #52 – Oct 2012
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Family and friends on hand to celebrate the great milestone of Sir Winston’s daughter.
Family looks on as Lady Soames cuts the cakeIt is said that one never asks a women her age, but in this case it’s cause for considerable celebration.
Lady Soames, the Patron of The Churchill Centre and daughter of Winston and Clementine Churchill celebrated her 90th birthday in London this past month.
Leading Churchill institutions from the U.K. and U.S. congratulated Lady Soames at a gala party in her honor at London’s Marriott Grosvenor on September 20, 2012. The event was graciously hosted by Laurence Geller CBE, Chairman of The Churchill Centre.
In addition to The Churchill Centre U.S. and U.K., other participating organizations included the Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College, Cambridge, the Churchill War Rooms and Museum, Chartwell, and The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Lady Soames is the Centre’s International Patron and Churchill’s only surviving child.
Many of Lady Soames family were on hand to to help her celebrate this significant milestone.
The occasion of her 90th birthday also coincided with the recent publication of her memoir A Daughter’s Tale, now available worldwide. Order your copy today from Amazon.com.
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Churchill’s family unites for Winston’s daughter’s 90th birthday.
Mary Soames (centre in blue) and family
By The Evening Standard staff reporter
THE EVENING STANDARD, 18 September 2012—As Winston’s last surviving child, Mary, celebrates her 90th, her daughter Emma Soames gathers the clan for a birthday power portrait.
It’s quite something when your mother hits the great age of 90. The desire to celebrate is overwhelming — even when she has five children, 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren scattered across the globe, who all had to be rounded up for this auspicious day.
The first problem was to find a dining table long enough to seat 27 rather large people. Luckily my “baby” brother Rupert and his brilliantly long- suffering wife Milly have just the place in Buckinghamshire where we all repaired for a majorly noisy, joyous lunch of Soamesian proportions.
The menu included beef bred from Rupert’s herd (the bereaved mother gazing mournfully through the garden fence) and the guest list included my daughter’s new fiancé, and my niece’s smart boyfriend, who has whisked her off to live in Hong Kong, as well as dogs of various ages, sizes and standards of behaviour. The only absentee was Harry Soames, Nicholas’s eldest son, who sells yachts to oligarchs in Monte Carlo.
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Churchill Archives Centre, The Nemon Papers, NEMO 4/3b
The unveiling of a newly cast Churchill bust by Oscar Nemon to take place next month
THE JERUSALEM FOUNDATION, August 2012—Throughout his career, Sir Winston Churchill demonstrated unflinching support for Israel as an independent Jewish state and it remained a dominant element in his foreign policy.
To recognize Sir Winston Churchill’s contribution, the Jerusalem Foundation will dedicate a bust of Churchill in Mishkenot Sha’ananim, in the Yael Garden overlooking the Old City walls of Jerusalem.
The bust was made from a cast originated by Oscar Nemon, who was Churchill’s sculptor.
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Dr. Roberts gives a talk for the Tina Santi Flaharty-Winston Churchill Literary Series at Hunter College in New York City.
Andrew Roberts at Hunter College, Sep 19, 2012
Dr. Robert’s lecture explored the complex and critical relationship that intertwined Churchill and Roosevelt, the civilian leaders of the two great Allies, and Lord Alanbrooke and George C. Marshall, their Chiefs of Staff. Among the subjects touched on by Dr. Roberts were the timing of the invasion of Europe, military operations in North Africa and the Mediterranean and the gradual emergence of the United States as the dominant partner in the Anglo-American alliance.
Robert’s is a noted Churchill scholar and the author or editor of twelve books. He is the winner of many literary awards, including Emery Reves Award of The Churchill Center and was short listed for The Duke of Westminster’s Gold Medal for Military History and The British Army Military Book Award. His most recent work, The Storm of War is on the New York Times list of the 100 Most Notable Books for 2011. Order a copy today from Amazon.com.
This lecture, part of The Tina Santi Flaherty-Winston Churchill Literary Series, is presented in partnership with The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, and The Writing Center at Hunter College. The series will continue at Roosevelt House in February 2013 with historian Lynne Olson.
The Literary Series was created by and made possible the generous support of Churchill Centre Benefactor Tina Santi Flaharty.
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Royal Marine and Churchill bodyguard was on duty to protect the PM at the Tehran Conference in Nov/Dec 1943.
By Kate Liptrot, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE YORK PRESS, 27 September 2012—A former bodyguard of Winston Churchill, who was known by thousands of York residents, has died.
Bill Day was head of distribution at Rowntree Mackintosh in York, having joined the company in 1947, before emigrating to join the firm’s management board in Australia following a distinguished military career.
As a Royal Marine, he accompanied the British Prime Minister to the historic Tehran Conference in November 1943.
Joseph Stalin, Franklin D Roosevelt and Churchill were there to debate opening a second front against Adolf Hitler, a decision that helped win the Second World war.
Mr Day was charged with the safekeeping of the Sword of Stalingrad, presented by Churchill to Stalin at the conference. Mr Day, who became Churchill’s bodyguard, died, aged 95, at his home in Victoria, Australia, leaving his wife Marie, and children Peter and Janet.
After joining the Marines in 1934, when the war started he was promoted from corporal to sergeant, and immediately volunteered for conflict, becoming part of the early Commandos. He received training in demolition, parachuting, glider insertion and silent killing.
He came to Churchill’s attention when he took part in the abortive Dieppe raid in 1942, which saw 60 per cent of the main force of Canadians either killed or captured.
Mr Day landed with 40 Royal Marine Commando, which neutralised a battery of big guns on high ground and successfully withdrew.
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New Churchill bar to exhibit specially commissioned life size statue.
Roosevelt and Churchill by Holofcener, Bond Street, London
By Neil Gerrard
CATERER AND HOTELKEEPER, 18 September 2012—The Hyatt Regency in London is set to launch a new bar inspired by Sir Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine.
The Churchill will also have a private terrace within the hotel, which is situated just behind Marble Arch on Portman Square.
It will be filled with subtle references to a young Churchill through art, animals, Champagne, cigars and whisky.
The interiors are designed by Bespoke by Brigitta Spinocchia, a company known for its work on private houses and yachts.
The opening will also see the unveiling of a specially commissioned life-size bronze statue of Sir Winston by sculptor Laurence Holofcener.
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Churchill did have dark moods, but he was not bipolar.
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Churchillian Terry Reardon explores the relationship of the British and Canadian Prime Minister’s.
By Terry Reardon
Mr. Reardon is a long-standing member and director of The International Churchill Society of Canada and based in Toronto. The following is a short excerpt from his new book, Winston Churchill and Mackenzie King pages 106-114, from chapter 9, Fighting for their Lives.
Churchill spoke to the nation on May 19, 1940, his first public address since assuming office. There was no attempt to sugar-coat the desperate situation facing the Allies, and his final words were more of desperation than conviction: “Conquer we must and conquer we shall.”5
Churchill knew that the “we” had to include the United States if victory was to be achieved.
The previous day, May 18, his son Randolph recounted talking with his father, who was shaving: “He half turned and said: ‘I think I see my way through.’ He resumed his shaving.
“I was astounded, and said: ‘Do you mean that we can avoid defeat? (which seemed credible) or beat the bastards’ (which seemed incredible).
“He flung his Valet razor in to the basin, swung around and said: ‘Of course I mean we can beat them.’
“Me: ‘Well I’m all for it, but I don’t see how you can do it.’
“By this time he had dried and sponged his face, and turning round to me, said with great intensity: ‘I shall drag the United States in.'”6
King congratulated Churchill on his speech saying that he had heard it “with feelings deeply stirred and with profound admiration and pride.”7
The need to bring in the United States was also apparent to King, who became an ardent wooer of President Roosevelt and his secretary of state, Cordell Hull. He had already spent some time working on the issue during the working vacation he took in the United States in April 1940. This trip had resulted in criticism from some in Canada, who objected to his leaving the country at a critical time, but hindsight shows he was right to neglect domestic problems in order to improve relations between the Canadian and American governments.
On May 23 Britain requested all available destroyers be sent from Canada to protect Britain. To his credit King immediately complied, although it would leave Canada vulnerable. But he saw the big picture, and knew that the only hope for freedom at that time was that Britain should survive.
King’s attitude and action shows not only his deep anglophile feelings, but also his strong sense of decency and loyalty. It could be argued that Canada was secure in the knowledge that the United States would, for its own interests, repel any attack on Canada. However, the United States did not have the fighting power then that it would have when it entered the war. Due to its isolationist position — it had refused to join the League of Nations and had adopted an attitude of no further involvement in European wars — it had allowed its defences to weaken and was woefully deficient in armaments, so relying on it for defence was not as sure a bet as one would think.
On May 24 King was telephoned by Cordell Hull, who expressed concern at the gravity of the present situation and requested that someone be sent from Ottawa to Washington for a discussion with him and someone higher up. Obviously, that person higher up was Roosevelt.
Hugh Keenleyside, of the Department of External Affairs, was sent. He reported back on May 26. King recorded in his diary his abhorrence at the position put forward by the Americans. They had decided that the French would not be able to hold out, and that Britain would not be able to bear up against the stronger German air force. Their information was that Hitler might make an offer of settlement, which would be based on Britain turning over of the whole of its empire and fleet to the Germans. The Germany navy, combined with the British navy and the French fleet, would then be much superior to the U.S. navy.
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A call for submissions. First prize of £1000 and a chance for work experience at The Pentland Group
Pentland Group plc is a British family owned company with a portfolio of some of the greatest international sports, outdoor and fashion brands. They are pleased to cosponsor the Winston Churchill Design Competition in conjunction with the Churchill Centre (UK).
The competition is open to UK residents who are current BA or MA students or recent 2010/11 graduates.
Can you articulate why Churchill’s life and example of leadership is relevant to people today? Explore the extraordinary story of Churchill’s life and his impact on the 20th Century and articulate your vision of his continuing relevance to the contemporary scene in a work of 2D form – from fine art and photography to illustration and graphic design.
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Dr. John Maurer and Dominic Tierney speaking on the The Coming of World War II.
On Saturday, November 3, 2012 as part of The Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series WWII & NYC Series, Dr. John Maurer and Dominic Tierney will be speaking on The Coming of World War II.
Dr. Maurer’s topic will be Churchill, Roosevelt and the Road to Pearl Harbor and Mr. Tierney will be speaking on FDR and the Spanish Civil War.
The lectures will take place at the Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024.
To purchase tickets to public programs by phone, please call the New-York Historical Society’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily. Advance tickets may also be purchased on site at the New-York Historical Society admissions desk.
Please visit the New York Historical Society website for more informaiton.
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The Winston Churchill Society of Michigan Meets on September 19, 2012 in Ann Arbor.
By Dick Marsh and Bob Pettengill
The Winston Churchill Society of Michigan held its semi-annual meeting on September 19, 2012 at the Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The guest speaker was Philip White author of “Our Supreme Task – How Winston Churchill’s Iron Curtain Speech Defined the Cold War Alliance”. Mr. White is a writer, a guest lecturer at MidAmerica Nazarene University and a regular contributor to the Historical Society publications. Originally from England he now lives in Olathe, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City.
Michigan Society President Dick Marsh opened the meeting by telling the group about his recent trip to England sandwiched between the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations and the Olympics. One of Dick’s activities was to seek out each of the 22 London residences of Winston Churchill, four of which were official government residences. Of the 18 private residences, including those of Winston’s parents, 14 of the original buildings are still in existence. Most of them have since been converted into flats or offices. Only 3 of the 14 had historical plaques noting Winston’s residence. Of particular amusement was 105 Mount Street, where Winston lived from 1900-1905 and which now houses a cigar store.
Following dinner Philip White discussed his book. One of his main points is that the Fulton speech afforded Churchill the platform he needed to address unfinished business. After being voted out of office the previous July – the “blessing” that, to Churchill, “was very well disguised” – and being excluded from the final days at the Potsdam Conference with Stalin and Truman (only 12 weeks in office) deprived him – and the world – of his experience and deep perspective. The world, certainly the United States and Great Britain, wanted to move on. And so once again it was only his words and writing that provided him an outlet for his prodigious insight. Churchill did not initiate the “cold war” with this speech, but he put a name to it and brought the world’s attention to what was already going on behind an “Iron Curtain.”
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Grand daughter Celia Sandys hosts a “Chasing Churchill” trip aboard ship in the Mediterranean.
Celia Sandys (center in black) and tour guests
Chasing Churchill 2012 was a smashing success!
After three days on board the exquisite ship and we were asking each other how we were ever going to get unspoiled. Fellow tour members were fabulous; the diversity of personalities gave our group a remarkable camaraderie that enhanced every aspect of our adventures. We learned a lot in a short time and had a ball.
The always gracious and elegant Celia Sandys was a delightful hostess aboard the Crystal Serenity as we followed Sir Winston’s travels to the crossroads of the world and beyond. Eminent historian David Ramsay, son of WWII hero Admiral Bertram Ramsay, added a scintillating dimension to the tour with historical insights and delightful anecdotes punctuated with infectious laughter.
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The Churchill Centre UK’s Chartwell Branch News for September.
Northern California’s quarterly newsletter Glow Worm.