Interesting facts about Sir Winston Churchill

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The Second World War was the most devastating war in human history. Millions of soldiers and civilian gave their life fighting for their country. United Kingdom played a major role in representing the allied forces against the axis powers. Winston Churchill was the prime minister of United Kingdom during the war. His great command led his country win over Nazi Germany. His career was truly remarkable as he served in British military. In addition, he also worked as a writer before he came into politics. Churchill is considered as one of the greatest politicians ever. He commanded his people during the hard times. His speech during the World War is world famous. He stated that his country will fight the enemy at any cost. And they will never surrender against the enemy. So without further a due, lets unfold some interesting facts about Winston Churchill.

Interesting facts:

  1. Birth:

    Churchill (Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill) was born on November 30, 1874 at Blenheim Palace. He was born in an aristocratic family. Lord Randolph Churchill and Jeanette Jerome were his parents.

  2. His childhood:

    Winston Churchill spent very less time with his parents because his parents were mostly busy with their glamorous/aristocratic life. Instead of his parents his nanny, Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Everest brought him up. For this reason, he and younger brother were sent to boarding schools later.

  3. He was a rebel:

    From the early childhood Churchill was rebellious in nature. However, this resulted in poor academic performance in his school. In fact, he was often punished for this.

  4. He was bullied in school:

    On 17 April, 1888 he joined Harrow School. He was struggling with a stutter with lateral lisp. For this reason, he was often bullied in his school. People even use to call him “copper knob”.

  5. Life after school:

    He left Harrow school with average result in 1893. Then he applied in the Royal Military College. However, it wasn’t easy for him to get in the college. It took three attempts to crack the entrance exam to qualify for the college.

  6. Delayed career:

    After getting admission to the Royal Military College Churchill faced a bad accident. In fact, he fell of a bridge while playing near his aunt’s house. It took him three months to recover from a ruptured kidney.

  7. Early career as a writer:

    Churchill got into himself transferred to some of the most dangerous military zones. He used to write various journals with the Daily Graphic and Daily Telegraph. Then by 1899 he started working as a correspondent for the famous Morning post. For this he got a salary of 250 pounds a month. If we adjust the inflation rate, then this is equivalent to 27,000 pounds in today’s money. This makes him the highest paid war correspondent of the day.

  8. He was an alcoholic:

    During the Boer War Churchill took about 60 bottles of booze with him. That’s quite a lot.

  9. He was imprisoned:

    Again during the Boer War Churchill was prisoned as a war reporter. While he was captured, Churchill tried to reach for his pistol. But then he realized it was left in some train carriage. Therefore, he had to surrender in front of a Boer soldier. Interestingly, that Boer soldier became the first prime minister of the Union of South Africa.

  10. Churchill escaped prison:

    Churchill was imprisoned in 1899 after getting caught in the Boer war. However, he managed to escape the prison camp by climbing the wall midnight. He planned the escape with two other fellow prisoners but they turned their back on Churchill. After escaping the prison facility Churchill rode about 300 miles on goods train. It took him three days to escape from the great prison facility. Meanwhile he had to hide in a mine shaft during the escape.

  11. After the great prison escape:

    He returned back to England as a war hero. His tale of the prison escape became famous among the British. Later on, Churchill contested for the constituency seat. He lost that seat before the war. But this time he won back the seat just two months before his birthday.

  12. The journey of enlightenment:

    Churchill successfully won seats for the Conservative party of England. After which Churchill started speaking through Britain and North America. He even started a tour of enlightenment. For this reason, he was able to raise about 10.000 pounds for himself.

  13. The remark by Jeremy Paxman:

    Jeremy was a British war hero. However, his views about Churchill was rather bad. He said that Churchill was a charlatan, egoist, and an opportunist. Quite worrying!

  14. He wrote a biography of his father:

    Young Winston Churchill wrote his own father’s biography in 1905. However, the book received mixed reviews from the critics. Theodore Roosevelt, then president of United States of America criticized the biography in hard terms. He also labeled Churchill as a Vulgar egoist and clever charlatan.

  15. Churchill’s long political career:

    Winston Churchill’s political career lasted for an astonishing 60 years. His career started from winning the first seat with a huge majority in 1900. Later his career ended as an elder member of Parliament till June 1964.

  16. He was a supporter of eugenics:

    Yes, Churchill supported the practice of improving the genetic quality of mankind. This means he wanted to improve the quality of life by scientific experiments. In fact, he even drafted that every feeble-minded should be sterilized instead of putting them into mental institutions.

  17. No, he was not a feminist:

    In his younger days, Churchill never supported the idea of voting rights for women. In fact, he was staunchly against it.

  18. The loss of reputation:

    Churchill lost his reputation in Wales when the coal miners of Rhondda Valley started the Tonypandy Riot. Then the Chief Constable of that place requested troops to help settling the violent riots. However, Winston Churchill only sent a handful of troops for support.

  19. The burglars of Sidney street:

    In January 1911. Churchill had to visit a police siege of burglars on Sidney Street in East London. Over two hundred policemen surrounded the place. It took six hours to complete the siege. Later that day the house caught fire and the two burglars were trapped inside the house. Various teams of fire brigades arrived at the place of incident. However, Churchill stopped all the fire teams to extinguish the flames. Ultimately, the burglars were burned to death.

  20. The first British tank:

    Tanks were very useful in the World Wars. They had devastating firepower to annihilate the enemy troops. However, both allies and the axis powers had the access to tanks. Winston Churchill was involved in the development of the first British tank. The British army used it on September 15, 1916.

  21. The first lord of the Admiralty:

    Winston Churchill became the First Lord of the Admiralty. For this reason, he got the authority to serve into the First World War. Later his focus greatly shifted into Ariel military combats. He was very fascinated by aerial combats. In fact, he himself joined the flying school to learn some flying lessons. However, he failed to obtain his pilot’s license after so many attempts. Later, he was hurt in an airplane crash. Ultimately, his wife forced him to give up his hobby.

 

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