7 Things You Didn't Know About

Winston Churchill

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Sir Winston Churchill is best known for leading the country through World War II, and rightly so. However, this brilliant man was at the forefront of the political scene for the best part of 50 years. Viewed by many as one of the greatest leaders of the modern era, Churchill certainly had a few interesting things about him, and here are 7… 

#1

He struggled at school.

Despite Churchill’s sparkling career he really did struggle at school. Aged 7 he was sent to boarding school, which he loathed. Then in 18 8 8 he enrolled at Harrow, however his entrance exam scores were so poor that he was placed the bottom of the class. Although he struggled in school, he wasn’t unintelligent, he did well in the subjects he enjoyed such as History and English. After Harrow he went to the Royal Military College, where he failed the entrance exam … TWICE!

#2

Didn’t like Gandhi.

Churchill was opposed to the Indian independence Movement and Gandhi was the leader of that movement. Needless to say it created some issues, but why exactly did he dislike Gandhi? The truth is, it was a mixture of politics and personalities, it has been said that at one point Churchill was ok with allowing Gandhi to die during a hunger strike!

#3

Nobel Prize Winner.

As you already know from point 1, Churchill enjoyed studying English. So it’s no great surprise that he was awarded with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953, particularly for his 6 book series called ‘The Second World War’. Despite its name, this series included the end of the First World War, all the way through to July 1945.

#4

He was a slow payer.

Churchill’s personal tailors, Henry Poole & Co described him as a ‘character’. They started dressing Churchill at the age of 35 and had previously dressed his father, Lord Randolph Churchill. According to the tailor, first established in 1806, Mr. Churchill was a rather slow payer and at one point he owed quite a bit!

#4

He was a slow payer.

Churchill’s personal tailors, Henry Poole & Co described him as a ‘character’. They started dressing Churchill at the age of 35 and had previously dressed his father, Lord Randolph Churchill. According to the tailor, first established in 1806, Mr. Churchill was a rather slow payer and at one point he owed quite a bit!

#5

Speech Impediment.

During his life Churchill gave some of the most memorable speeches of the 20th century, but what makes these speeches even more remarkable is that he had a speech impediment. Churchill said ‘my impediment is no hindrance’, and he was right! It’s thought he had a lateral lisp, which meant he struggled with ‘s’ and ‘z’ sounds. Interestingly, his father had the same speech impediment. Later in life Churchill had dentures made that helped with this, and in 2010 a set of these dentures were sold  at auction for £15,200!

#6

Quite the Artist.

Yes, Churchill was an avid painter and produced over 500 paintings during his lifetime – despite not starting until he was 40 years old. About painting, he once said ‘When I get to heaven I mean to spend a considerable portion of my first million years painting.’ Today these paintings fetch a handsome sum, with a collection of 15 fetching £11.2 million in 2014.

#7

Accident Prone.

Some of these were definitely self-inflicted, especially the one where he jumped off
a bridge and suffered concussion and a ruptured kidney. Another time in New York he walked out into the road without looking and was hit by a car, then when learning to fly he crashed a plane! Despite the above and probably many more, it certainly didn’t hamper his lifespan, he lived to the grand old age of 90.

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