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Remembering Winston S. Churchill (1940-2010)

Remembering Sir Winston’s grandson five years on

winston churchill01Winston S. Churchill, grandson of Sir Winston Churchill and a long-time friend and Trustee of The Churchill Centre , died five years ago this month. His contributions to preserving the historic legacy of his grandfather and his support for The Churchill Centre are deeply remembered by Churchillians in Britain, America and around the world.

Winston was born at Chequers on October 10, 1940 during the first months of his grandfather’s service as Prime Minister; his parents were the Prime Minister’s only son Randolph and Pamela Digby, later Pamela Harriman. After graduating from Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, he became an internationally recognized journalist, author and war correspondent. Winston entered the House of Commons at age twenty-nine, serving for twenty-seven consecutive years. After leaving Parliament in 1997, he was a much sought-after lecturer and edited a popular collection of his grandfather’s speeches, Never Give In.

In 1999, Winston spoke extensively about his life and family in a C-Span interview which can be seen here. Tributes to him by friends and admirers were featured in the Summer 2010 issue 147 of Finest Hour, available on the website of The Churchill Centre.

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