Blenheim Palace
Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill

To discover more about Sir Winston Churchill's life at Blenheim Palace, explore our newly reinvigorated permanent Churchill exhibition, visit the memorial garden and 'Walk in Churchill's Footsteps' with our new trail.

Take a look at the timeline to explore the milestones in the life of Sir Winston Churchill...

Sir Winston Churchill

To discover more about Sir Winston Churchill's life at Blenheim Palace, explore our newly reinvigorated permanent Churchill exhibition, visit the memorial garden and 'Walk in Churchill's Footsteps' with our new trail.

Take a look at the timeline to explore the milestones in the life of Sir Winston Churchill...

 

30th November 1874

Born at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. Son of Lord Randolph Churchill and Jennie Jerome

30th November 1874
1888 – 1892

1888 – 1892

Attended Harrow School

1893 – 1894

Attended and graduated from the Royal Military College at Sandhurst

24th January 1895

Lord Randolph Churchill dies (Sir Winston Churchill's father)

20th February 1895

Commissioned into the 4th Hussars, a cavalry regiment of the British Army

20th February 1895
1896 - 1899

1896 - 1899

Military service in Egypt, India and Sudan

1899

Campaigns for Parliament

1899

1900

Elected into Parliament as MP for Oldham

1904

Leaves the Conservative Party and joins the Liberal Party

1908

1908

Proposes to Clementine Hozier in the Temple of Diana, Blenheim Palace

12th September 1908

Marries Clementine Hozier

4th August 1914

 WWI begins

1911

Becomes First Lord of the Admiralty

11th November 1918

WWI ends

6th December 1921

Signs the Anglo-Irish treaty

6th November 1924

6th November 1924

Appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer

3rd September 1939

 WWII begins

13th May - 1940

"Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat..." 

 Winston Churchill is appointed Prime Minister and delivers his first speech to the House of Commons.

 

4th June - 1940

"We shall fight on the beaches..."

Winston Churchill's second famous WWII speech given to the House of Commons. In this speech, he spoke of the great military disaster that was Dunkirk and warned of the expected invasion by Nazi Germany...

 

18th June 1940

"This was their finest hour..."

Winston Churchill's third famous war time speech prepares the nation for the Battle of Britain...

 

20th August - 1940

"Never was so much owed by so many to so few..."

This speech referred to the ongoing efforts of the Royal Air Force pilots who were at the time fighting the Battle of Britain, the pivotal air battle between the German Luftwaffe and Britain’s RAF.

8th May 1945

Victory in Europe Day, also known as VE Day celebrated on 8 May 1945 to mark the formal acceptance by the allied forces of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces.

1st September 1945 WWII ends

 

25th October 1951

 Elected Prime Minister for a second term

15th October 1953

Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

9th April 1963

9th April 1963

Is made an honorary American citizen.

24th January 1965

Dies at the age of 90 and is buried at St Martin’s Churchyard, Bladon, Oxfordshire

24th January 1965
"At Blenheim I took two very important decisions; to be born and to marry. I am content with the decision I took on both occasions..."

Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP

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