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The Statesman

Winston Churchill is mostly well known and reputed for his excellent statesmanship during the Second World War. But he was also very well known in England before that time as a war correspondent during the Second Boer War, the First World War and many other international incidents. He travelled much, honing his wisdom with the experiences he garnered along the way to eventually become one of the leading British Prime Ministers ever in its democratic rule.

Winston Churchill as a young man

At the young age of 21, for example, Churchill would adventure to Cuba with companions to search and capture a rebel army. Often, he would go to South Africa to assist in and report the Boer Wars (every time stopping over at Madeira). Sometimes he ventured as far afield as India.

Churchill's first shot upwards to fame was when he became an overnight hero in England on the occasion of his tactful escape from Boer imprisonment while on transit on a train. That was, after being captured during a Boer attack in South Africa, he swum across the Jukskei River and escaped his captors. A remarkable start to the career of this once unintelligent and uneventful boy who was to become one of the most remarkable figureheads of the twentieth century, and one of its most wittiest...

However, our retrospective looks beyond the well known history of the statesman to a time before his final term of office. When In 1950 the already tired and battle-weary Winston decided to take some time to relax and rejuvenate his spirits before ensconcing himself to the last of his elections as Prime Minister for England.


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Quotes and excerpts from Churchill:

"By being so long in the lowest form (at Harrow) I gained an immense advantage over the cleverer boys.... I got into my bones the essential structure of the ordinary British sentence - which is a noble thing.... Naturally I am biased in favour of boys learning English; I would make them all learn English: and then I would let the clever ones learn Latin as an honour, and Greek as a treat."