While playing hare and hounds, Winston experienced another miracle in his life: he survived an attempt to leap from a bridge to the top of a fir tree, but the twenty-nine foot fall ruptured his kidney. The Times grossly understated the extent of the injury when it reported that “he was very much shaken and bruised.” His parents spared no expense in providing the best medical care but he was six weeks in recovery and should have been longer.
In My Early Life, Churchill related a joke told around the Carlton Club at the time: “I hear Randolph’s son met with a serious accident.” “Yes?” “Playing a game of ‘Follow my Leader…. Well, Randolph is not likely to come to grief in that way!”
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