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

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.

A talented orator, Churchill will always be remembered for his ‘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

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

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