A wristwatch that the Commune de Vaud gave Churchill on 11 September 1946 was sold recently by Sotheby’s. Did he wear wristwatches? One almost always sees him with a pocket watch. —S.R., New Hampshire
From the 1890s until the end of his life Churchill carried his father’s pocket watch, nicknamed “The Turnip.” He did however sometimes wear a wristwatch, as the above photo shows. N.B.: This is a revised, extended version of a 2009 post, which I have left up for the comments by readers: click here.
William Manchester wrote that the wristwatch was a ”product of trench warfare.” Evidently Churchill thought so.…
“A Certain Splendid Memory…” Dinner of the New England Churchillians, Union Club, Boston, 21 November 2014.
Yesterday at Westminster Abbey, over a thousand of her friends and admirers joined in a memorial to Lady Soames. A few weeks ago, in a special edition of Finest Hour, fifty of them wrote about her. So it is timely to remember her here in Boston, where she was with us so many times.
Timothy Robert Hardy led that issue because after all, a Shakespearean actor who doubled as her Papa is bound to know the right words, and he did.
He began with their meeting in 1981, with Chartwell a cluttered film set as he played her father in the “Wilderness Years” TV series.…
Mussolini and Ciano (last two uniforms at right) with Chamberlain, Daladier and HItler at the 1938 Munich Conference. (Wikimedia Commons)
Is Wikipedia right that Churchill admired Italian dictator Benito Mussolini for having the “good sense to shoot his son-in-law”?
It’s a great crack, but it is not verified.
Churchill had called Mussolini every name in his book: ”whipped jackal”…”organ grinder’s monkey”…”absurd imposter.” In 1944, after Mussolini executed his son-in-law, former Italian foreign minister Count Galeazzo Ciano, Churchill said in a broadcast:
…the successful campaign in Sicily brought about the fall of Mussolini and the heartfelt repudiation by the Italian people of the Fascist creed.…