Winston Churchill remembered

Churchill and Clementine at Chartwell with some of their grandchildren. Credit: Popperfoto/Getty
Churchill and Clementine at Chartwell with some of their grandchildren. Credit: Popperfoto/Getty

To mark the 50th anniversary of his death, we take a photographic tour through the life of our wartime prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill.

Churchill and Clementine at Chartwell with some of their grandchildren. Credit: Popperfoto/Getty
Churchill and Clementine at Chartwell with some of their grandchildren. Credit: Popperfoto/Getty

Winston Churchill died at his home in Hyde Park Gate on 24 January 1965,  bringing to an end the life of a remarkable man who at a time when most people are thinking of retiring began his first tenure as British Prime Minister as the country was in the throes of the Second World War, 75 years ago this year.

A talented orator, 2015 also marks the 75th anniversary of Churchill’s ‘Finest Hour’ speech – considered by many to be his most rousing – in which ahead of the Battle of Britain (a pivotal moment for the Allied forces) he roared:

“Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour.”

Listen to a recording of Churchill’s Finest hour speech

On Friday 30 January, the  50th anniversary of Churchill’s state funeral, the same boat that took the statesman’s body from Tower Pier to Festival Pier on the River Thames in 1965 will set off from Tower Bridge at 12.45pm to the fanfare of Scottish pipes.

The Havengore will make its journey towards the Palace of Westminster where a wreath will be laid in commemoration of the former prime minister.

Scroll down for photos of Churchill’s life

Winston Churchill as a boy
A young Winston Churchill at school in Harrow. Photo: Save Photos, Hills and Saunders Harrow Collection
A young Winston Churchill (right) with his mother, Jennie Jerome, and younger brother John Strange Spencer. Credit: Keystone Pictures USA/Alamy
A young Winston Churchill (right) with his mother, Jennie Jerome, and younger brother John Strange Spencer-Churchill. Credit: Keystone Pictures USA/Alamy
Churchill and Clementine one week before their wedding in 1908. credit: Everett Collection Historical/Alamy
Churchill and Clementine one week before their wedding in 1908. Credit: Everett Collection Historical/Alamy
Winston Churchill in his trademark hat and bow tie. Credit: David Cole/Alamy
Winston Churchill in his trademark hat and bow tie. Credit: David Cole/Alamy
Winston Churchill and Clementine 1964. Credit: Everett Collection Historical/Alamy
Winston Churchill and Clementine 1964. Credit: Everett Collection Historical/Alamy
Churchill flashes his famous V for victory sign. Credit: David Cole/Alamy
Churchill flashes his famous ‘V for victory’ sign. Credit: David Cole/Alamy

For our full commemorative feature on Winston Churchill see the March/April 2015 issue of BRITAIN magazine (May 2015 issue in the US).

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