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date: 15 October 2019

Churchill, Winston Spencerfree

Born 10 Oct. 1940; s of late Hon. Randolph Frederick Edward Spencer Churchill, MBE and Hon. Mrs Averell Harriman, US Ambassador to France, 1993–97; m 1st, 1964, Mary Caroline, (Minnie) (marr. diss. 1997), d of Sir Gerard d’Erlanger, CBE; two s two d; 2nd, 1997, Luce Engelen; died 2 March 2010

author; journalist; parliamentarian


Eton; Christ Church, Oxford (MA)


War correspondent in Yemen, Congo and Angola, 1963; Correspondent: Borneo and Vietnam, 1966; Middle East, 1967; Chicago, Czechoslovakia, 1968; Nigeria, Biafra and Middle East, for The Times, 1969–70; Special Correspondent: China, for The Observer, 1972; Portugal, for The Daily Telegraph, 1975. Presenter, This Time of Day, BBC Radio, 1964–65. Lecture tours of the US and Canada, 1965–2005. Contested Gorton Div. of Manchester, Nov. 1967. MP (C) Stretford, 1970–83, Davyhulme, Manchester, 1983–97. PPS to Minister of Housing and Construction, 1970–72, to Minister of State, FCO, 1972–73; Sec., Cons. Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Cttee, 1973–76; Conservative Party front-bench spokesman on Defence, 1976–78. Member: Select Cttee on Defence, 1983–97; Select Cttee on H of C (Services), 1985–86. Vice-Chm., Cons. Defence Cttee, 1979–83; Cons. Party Co-ordinator for Defence and Multilateral Disarmament, 1982–84; Mem. Exec., 1922 Cttee, 1979–85, Treas., 1987–88. Sponsored Motor Vehicles (Passenger Insce) Act 1972, Crown Proceedings (Armed Forces) Act 1987. Pres., Trafford Park Indust. Council, 1971–97. Member, Council: Consumers’ Assoc., 1990–93; British Kidney Patients Assoc., 1990–2004. Founder President: Friends of Airborne Forces, 1996–2004; War Memls Trust (formerly Friends of War Memls), 1997–; UK National Defence Assoc., 2007–; Chairman: Nat. Benevolent Fund for the Aged, 1994– (Trustee, 1974–); Winston Churchill Meml Trust, 2002–09 (Trustee, 1965–); Trustee, Sandy Gall’s Afghanistan Appeal, 1995–2009. Governor, English-Speaking Union, 1975–80; Vice-Pres., British Technion Soc., 1976–. Hon. Fellow, Churchill Coll., Cambridge, 1969. Hon. FSE 1989. Hon. LLD Westminster Coll., Fulton, Mo, USA, 1972; Hon. DSc Technion, Israel, 1997


First Journey, 1964; Six Day War, 1967; Defending the West, 1981; Memories and Adventures, 1989; His Father’s Son, 1996; The Great Republic, 1999; (ed) Never Give In!: the best of Winston Churchill’s speeches, 2003


Tennis, sailing, ski-ing, golf, trekking in the Himalayas


White’s, Buck’s, Press; Air Squadron; St Moritz Tobogganing; Queenwood Golf (Everglades, USA)