Life of Churchill
Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on St Andrew’s Day, 30 November 1874. On his father’s side, he was a child of the aristocracy; his father was the Conservative politician, Lord Randolph Henry Spencer-Churchill. His mother was the American-born beauty, Jennie Jerome, daughter of a New York stockbroker, financier and newspaper proprietor Leonard Jerome.Read about his Childhood
Lord Randolph and Jennie Jerome Marry
Lord Randolph Churchill and Miss Jennie Jerome met during the racing season in 1873 on the Isle of Wight–one of the significant social events of the British summer season. Lord Randolph fell in love with her at first sight, and in a few months, they were man and wife.’ They had a relatively short courtship and decided to marry when she accepted his proposal not long after having met. They married on the 15th of April 1874.
Winston Churchill was born on 30 November 1874
Mrs Everest Hired
Churchill's beloved nanny Mrs Everest was hired to attend young Winston when he was just a few months old. In 1880, when Winston was five, his younger brother Jack was born. They saw little of their parents during their childhood, and both were devoted to their nanny.
Young Winston is enrolled in St George's School
A few weeks before his eighth birthday, in 1882, Churchill was sent away to boarding school like many other children of his class and background. The school was St George’s, near Ascot, Berkshire. He was unhappy from the start, initially probably no unhappier than many children sent away to school at the time, although ‘floggings’ (beatings) were common.
Churchill began at Harrow School in April 1888
On 17 April 1888, Churchill went to Harrow School, an independent boarding school for boys founded in 1572 under a Royal Charter granted by Elizabeth I, in London. He joined Head Master’s Boarding House, said to date from 1650. Here, he wasn’t particularly happy and he didn’t particularly excel.
Churchill proclaims he will '... save the Empire'
At the age of seventeen, while attending Harrow School, he told his friend Murland Evans that he had dreams about the future: ‘I tell you I shall be in command of the defences of London… In the high position I shall occupy, it will fall to me to save the Capital and save the Empire’.