Published on January 23rd, 2015 | by admin
50 Years Since The Passing Away Of An Iconic Leader
Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the death of a leader who eventually led Britain to victory in World War Two and the life of a Prime Minister who worked tirelessly throughout the conflict is being remembered with a programme of commemorative events. These include a remembrance service in the Houses of Parliament on 30th January which will be followed by a procession of small boats passing down the Thames.
Sir Winston Churchill is acknowledged to have inspired the country to stand firm in a refusal to surrender to Nazi Germany. A portrait of him is featured in the Prime Ministers Stamps Cards as well as a commemorative coin available here at the Post Office Shop which are both fitting tributes. These are complemented by a recent Prime Ministerial statement delivered by David Cameron which states: ‘Sir Winston Churchill’s legacy continues to inspire not only the nation he saved, but the entire world. 2015 is a year to give thanks to his service not only to the country he loved, but to humanity as a whole.’
Before becoming involved with politics, Sir Winston Churchill joined the Royal Cavalry and his active service saw him travel to Cuba, Afghanistan, Egypt and South Africa. His political career then began in 1900 when Churchill was elected as Conservative MP for Oldham before he then defected to the Liberal Party four years later.
His rise in political circles saw Churchill appointed secretary at the Colonial Office before he was promoted to the Cabinet as president of the Board of Trade in 1908. His ascendancy within the government saw Churchill become home secretary in 1910 and then move on to the position of First Lord of the Admiralty.
However, having been deemed to have made errors of judgement within his post during World War One, Churchill left the government and joined the army for a seven year stint before moving back into politics – and switched his allegiances from the Liberal Party back to the Conservative Party. Having risen back to political prominence during the 1920’s, serving as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1924 until 1929, Churchill then disappeared from front line politics during the 1930’s as his popularity waned.
Churchill’s warnings against the Appeasement of Nazi Germany proved correct when war broke out in 1939 and he succeeded Neville Chamberlain a year later and led the British war effort. Although he suffered a general election defeat in 1945, Churchill was re-elected as Prime Minister in 1951 and his four year tenure saw him win the Nobel Prize for Literature even though ill health forced him to resign in 1955.