50 Year Anniversary, January 24, 2015 Of Sir Winston Churchill’s Passing (1874 – 1965).

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by Anura Guruge

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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill

30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965


He is probably my most esteemed hero and greatest source of inspiration.

His mastery over English has me in reverential awe.

His tenacity is something that I can but only dream about.

His leadership is my baseline for measuring all others
— and not many have even come close.

His empathy for his people was so special and rare, that I love
watching old footage of him to savor that magical touch.

His speeches give me goosebumps.

He was 79 when I was born. I was eleven when he died.

There was a film made, in grainy color, at least for distribution within the Commonwealth, of his funeral. I think it was called “A Journey’s End”. I remember being taken to see it in Colombo, Ceylon. It was probably in 1965. I still remember bits of it. It made quite an impression. I think that was my first real exposure to Sir Winston Churchill.

Over the years I have read some of his books and books about him. I have watched his speeches, many available on YouTube, and seen any movies made about him, e.g., the 2002 “The Gathering Storm“.

I, by inclination, have a rather limited pantheon of heroes. Winston is front and center. The others include Michelangelo, Mandela and Gandhi.

I named one of my Golden’s “Winston”. I named his sister “Maggie“, and I think Winston would have approved.

I have been to his graveside at St Martin’s Church, Bladon — on one of my visits to his birthplace, Blenheim Palace, one of my favorite stately homes in Britain.

From what I can see Google has never done a Doodle for for Sir Winston. That seems remiss.

Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral train passing Clapham Junction (London). The engine hauling the train was ‘Battle of Britain’ class steam locomotive No. 34051, previously named “Winston Churchill”. The engine is now preserved at the ‘National Railway Museum’ in York (England).


At Churchill’s grave, in the family plot, St Martin’s Church, Bladon. I have stood in front of the grave and paid my respect. It was a cold, grey day — not in the Summer. I was the only one there.


Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, where he was born, unexpectedly, during a party, two months premature, to his American mother. This is a breathtaking Stately House. I have toured it a couple of times.


Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, THE MAN.

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