Sir Fitzroy Maclean was a swashbuckling adventurer, soldier, writer and politician. In World War II he was Churchill’s representative to Tito, who led Yugoslav Partisans against the Germans. One of my great privileges was knowing him and Lady Veronica, and hearing their captivating recollections.
Sir Fitzroy Maclean KT CBE, 1911-1996. (Daily Telegraph)
Proofing galleys for Winston S. Churchill: Document Volume 20, May-December 1944, the Hillsdale College Churchill Project comes across many gems. Not least of these was Maclean’s account of Churchill’s first meeting with Tito—and a minor adventure in Bay of Naples in August 1944.
Maclean on Tito:
I found him to be a tough, alert man of about fifty, at the head of a far more formidable resistance movement than anyone outside Yugoslavia could possibly have imagined….…
Chartwell gardner Stephen Humphrey took charge of the butterflies. (BBC)
David Riddle, a National Trust volunteer at Chartwell, offers the obscure history of the “Butterfly House” Churchill established to propagate butterflies on the grounds of his home:
The Butterfly House was first used as a game larder between 1869-1889 by the Colquhoun family, who owned the Chartwell Estate between 1830 and 1921. In 1924, Churchill and Philip Tilden, his architect, converted the larder to a summer house by removing the east wall. In 1946 it was converted again, this time to a Butterfly House.…
Having written about cars and Winston Churchill for fifty years, I finally produced a piece on them both. From exotica like Daimler, Napier and Rolls-Royce to more prosaic makes like Austin, Humber and Wolseley, the story was three decades in coming. I am satisfied that it is now complete.
Part 2, continued from Part 1: Excerpt only. For footnotes, all illustrations and a roster of Churchill’s cars, see The Automobile, August 2016.
Wolseley to Austin
In the early 1930s Churchill switched from Wolseley to Austin cars: small fours and big sixes. One of the former, a 1938 Austin 10 Cambridge, was the Chartwell workhorse.…