Happy Birthday, Sir Winston

Today at Blenheim Palace, a gift to the First Duke of Marlborough from Queen Anne, in 1874 a baby was born. He was born to Lord Randolph and Lady Jennie (Jerome) who was an American. He would grow up to be a soldier, an author, a member of Parliament and one of England’s greatest Statesmen. He was, of course, christened Winston Spencer Churchill.

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, Prince of Mindelheim, KG was one of England’s greatest soldiers, ever. His daughter married into the Spencer family, one of Great Britain’s oldest, yes this is the same family as produced Diana, Princess of Wales.

It’s hard to talk about Sir Winston without using every superlative in the book. The quotes tell it all. During the Boer War: “It is quite exhilarating to be shot without result”.

One of the 20th century’s great contrafactuals is: Churchill was walking on 5th Ave in New York in the 20’s and was grazed by a taxi. What would have happened in the beginning  (and through the course of) the Second World War without the gallant old bulldog?

Anyway, I’ve been busy this week and didn’t get anything prepared ahead for this so I’m going to send you all over to The Leansubmariner for more:

Winston came from a long line of military leaders with a prestigious history and he added his own name to the list of soldiers, joining the British Fourth Hussars. He served with distinction in India, Sudan and South Africa earning accolades and recognition for his bravery. This bravery in the face of enemy fire would serve him well as he led his nation through defeats and victories.

fourth hussars badge

Sir Winston was a visionary who saw the threats in the world and urged his countrymen on to prepare for them. As First Lord of the Admiralty in 1911, he saw the dangers coming from Germany and prepared the Royal Navy for readiness to fight. Although he had a disastrous experience and was held responsible for the defeats in the Dardanelles and Gallipoli. His career did not stay buried long as he reentered politics and had continuous service to the crown for most of the remainder of his life.

Don’t forget to read the rest. I agree with every word he says.

Sir Winston was granted a Sate Funeral by Queen Elizabeth II and was the first honorary citizen of the United States, as well as many other honors, including the 1953 Nobel Prize for Literature.

One more thing. I think Sir Winston Spencer Churchill, would be ashamed of his countrymen, British and American, for where we have let our countries go in the last half century.

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