“Unconquerable” Welsh

“Unconquerable” Welsh

I have unsuc­ces­ful­ly searched the web for a speech Win­ston Churchill gave to Par­lia­ment refer­ring to the Welsh as “the unde­feat­able race.” Do you know the speech? I believe it was in Churchill’s address fol­low­ing the death of Lloyd George in March 1945. —S.D.

David Lloyd GeorgeRight: in his Lloyd George trib­ute, Churchill spoke of the Welsh as “that uncon­quer­able race.” I have emailed you the full text of “The Death of Earl Lloyd George,” House of Com­mons, 28 March 1945. It is in Win­ston S. Churchill, Vic­to­ry. Lon­don: Cas­sell, 1946, and in Robert Rhodes James, edi­tor, Win­ston S. Churchill: His Com­plete Speech­es 1897-1963 (New York: Bowk­er, 1974, 8 vols.)

Churchill’s last para­graph is worth con­sid­er­ing as an exam­ple of his skill with an obit­u­ary, and to refute the notion, which we hear occa­sion­al­ly, that he cared for no one but him­self:

Thus the states­man and guide whose gen­tle pass­ing in the full­ness of his years we mourn to-day served our coun­try, our Island and our age, both faith­ful­ly and well in peace and in war. His long life was, from almost the begin­ning to almost the end, spent in polit­i­cal strife and con­tro­ver­sy. He aroused intense and some­times need­less antag­o­nisms. He had fierce and bit­ter quar­rels at var­i­ous times with all the par­ties. He faced undis­mayed the storms of crit­i­cism and hos­til­i­ty. In spite of all obsta­cles, includ­ing those he raised him­self, he achieved his main pur­pos­es. As a man of action, resource and cre­ative ener­gy he stood, when at his zenith, with­out a rival. His name is a house­hold word through­out our Com­mon­wealth of Nations. He was the great­est Welsh­man which that uncon­quer­able race has pro­duced since the age of the Tudors. Much of his work abides, some of it will grow great­ly in the future, and those who come after us will find the pil­lars of his life’s toil upstand­ing, mas­sive and inde­struc­tible; and we our­selves, gath­ered here to-day, may indeed be thank­ful that he voy­aged with us through storm and tumult with so much help and guid­ance to bestow.

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