MP for Oldham 1900-1906

Born 30 November 1874-
24 January 1965

Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
by George William Fish (1876-1930)
Painting Courtesy of Oldham Gallery
Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill

British Statesman, Orator, Prime Minister 1940-45, 1951-55

Born in Blenheim Place to Lord Randolph Churchill and Jennie Jerome.

Churchill resigned his commission in 1899.  He was invited to be the second Conservative Party candidate by Robert Ascroft, but the sudden death of Mr Ascroft caused a double by-election with Winston being one of the candidates, unfortunately both seats were lost.

Being at a loose end and the second Boer War breaking out, Winston obtained a commission to act as a War as a war correspondent with 'The Morning Post'.

The scouting group he was attached to was captured and all were imprisoned.  Winston escaped from the prison camp and rejoined the as it was about to relieve British troops at Ladysmith and Pretoria.

1n 1900 he returned a hero to England and stood again in Oldham and won the seat.

Churchill was given the Freedom of the City in 1941.  He never collected the award, quoting 'the pressure of commitments and until it decreases  unable to add engagements'

Died in Kensington.

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