Category Winston Churchill

The Challenge begins

On Saturday 25th May 1940, the Luftwaffe focused their attention on Allied pockets holding out at Calais, Lille, and Amiens.  They did not attack Dunkirk. Calais was held by the BEF (British Expeditionary Force) and surrendered on Sunday 26th May.  On that same Sunday 26th May 1940, at 15:30, Hitler ordered the Panzer groups to continue […]

Mr Churchill & the problems of 1928

The Daily Sketch – incorporating the Daily Graphic – of Monday 6th February 1928 reports: Rating Reform – Mr Churchill has lost no time in nipping in the bud any hopes of a reduced income tax.  But the frankness of this pre-Budget announcement is scarcely reproduced in the reasons advanced – the General Strike and […]

Winston Churchill has problems with Coal

We have now looked at Winston Churchill’s end of life and his involvement in the First World War. He had not been offered a job when the new coalition was formed under David Lloyd George in December 1916 and it was some months before Lloyd George felt politically strong enough to appoint him as Minister […]

The Sunday after

The Sunday papers all told of the story – this one is from the Sunday Express – it says: ‘Sometimes a baby’s cry broke the stillness’: Kings and Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers, Princes and Chancellors from 111 nations joined a countless throng of humble people yesterday in the final massive act of homage to […]

The day when Britain ‘stood still.

This Saturday, 30th January 1965, saw one of the largest assemblies of world statesmen in history when Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral was held – regarded by many as a day when Britain ‘stood still’. The following is based mainly on BBC reports with personal memories included: ‘Thousands of people had paid their last respects to […]

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchil has died.

After the British general election of October 1951 Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill became Prime Minister of Britain for the second time.In 1953 he suffered a serious stroke but remained in the role of Prime Minister.  Two years later in 1955 he retired from the role but he didn’t leave Parliament.  He remained a Member of […]

Boy’s Own; Charles Greville; Zeppelins. St Agnes; Harrow School; a Labour Prime minister; philip toynbee; losing at brag; a Churchill dies

Saturday 18th January 1879 saw the publication of the first edition of ‘The Boy’s Own Paper’. The idea for the publication had been raised in 1878 by the Religious Tract Society as a means of encouraging younger children to read. ‘The Boy’s Own’ began life as a weekly paper of 16 pages, in a buff-brown […]