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A Young Winston Churchill

Written by: George Chittenden : 25 Jun 2019

This photo was taken in Bangalore, India in 1897. In the photo we can see a young Winston Churchill on horseback. He was twenty-three years old when this photo was taken. Churchill entered the Royal Military College at Sandhurst, on his third try. Surprisingly he failed to pass the entrance exam twice, and eventually applied to be trained for the cavalry rather than the infantry, as the required grade was lower. The man who would lead Britain through arguably the darkest period of modern history, 1939-1945, struggled with mathematics.

When he graduated from Sandhurst he did it with honours though, coming eighth out of a class of 150 late in 1894. The following year he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 4th Queen’s Own Hussars. Winston Churchill struggled with finances, which is surprising considering his mother gave him an annual allowance which was the equivalent of over forty thousand in today’s money. This was on top of his well-paid military position. To make ends meet young Churchill began war correspondence for a range of London newspapers.

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