An event in Churchill’s life that gained him worldwide fame occurred when he was just twenty-five years old. He escaped from prisoner of war camp during the Boer War in South Africa.
He was already able to use his fame as a writer to get himself posted to South Africa as a war correspondent. In November, he went on patrol with the British Army aboard a train and they were ambushed. Churchill was able to help most of the men escape the Boer ambush but he was taken prisoner.
He was being held in Pretoria at a prison called the State Model Schools and made a plan of escape with two other POWs. On the night of the 12/13 December, he jumped the fence as the guards had turned their backs.
When Churchill reached Durban, South Africa he found himself a hero.
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