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Winston Churchill

Posted in St. Martin's Churchyard with tags on February 27, 2014 by Cade

churchill1November 30, 1874 – January 24, 1965

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a two-time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He is widely regarded for his steadfast leadership throughout World War II. Churchill’s political career grew slowly out of a lengthy service in the military which eventually led him to Parliament. After a period of political exile (self-imposed) he returned to the public eye when the war began. King George VI asked Churchill to succeed Neville Chamberlain, who had resigned as Prime Minister. His fearless refusal to yield to the advancing German forces set the tone for Great Britain’s survival in the face of unimaginable danger and helped slow the tide of war in Europe. After the defeat of the Germans in 1945, Churchill was not re-elected. He remained in politics and eventually DID win re-election in 1951. He served until 1955 when he retired, citing failing health. He remained in Parliament for nearly all of his remaining years. Churchill was also a noted writer and artist and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953. His close relationship with America – particularly, president Franklin D. Roosevelt – led to Churchill being named an honorary U.S. Citizen in 1963. Churchill died in 1965 from one final stroke (he had had many) at the age of 90. He was given a state funeral and millions of people around the world watched and mourned. At his request, he was buried in the family plot at St. Martin’s Church, not far from his boyhood home, Blenheim Palace.

Burial

St. Martin’s Churchyard – Bladon, UK

Photo taken in 1992. The marker has been changed since.

Specific Location

The Churchill family plot is on the north side of the church, Winston’s grave is the 3rd one from the south corner of the section, right on the sidewalk.

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