Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was one of of the great men of British politics in the 20th century. Over the coming days I’ll tell more about his very varied life but today is the day his life ended.
He had been involved in two world wars – being Prime Minister in the second of these conflicts. After the British general election of October 1951 he had become Prime Minister of Britain for the second time. In 1953 he suffered a serious stroke but remained in the role of Prime Minister until 1955 when he retired from that role. However, he didn’t leave his place in Parliament – remaining a Member of Parliament until 1964.
On 15th January 1965 he suffered a severe stroke and died at his London home nine days later, aged 90, on the morning of Sunday 24th January 1965, 70 years to the day after his own father’s death.
Following his death Queen Elizabeth II granted him the honour of a state funeral.