Regardless of the angle being used to talk about the history of England, Winston and Clementine Churchill’s name can never be left out of the discussion, specifically for Winston’s contributions to his country during the first world war. The former prime minister will be remembered fondly for his role in that position and for the services he rendered as the First Sea Lord to the Royal Navy. More so, in his later years, he ventured into writing and wrote a few notable books.
Marriage for him was not extraordinaire. He tied the knot with a woman named Clementine Hozier in 1908, who was not only his support system but also rendered help to the wider public during the war. In fact, her dedication to the first world war earned her an appointment as the Commander of the Order of the British Empire among other awards.
Yes, the couple were quite busy with their lives career-wise, but Clementine and Winston built a family legacy worth emulating. Their five children somewhat followed their path and are still remembered till date for various reasons.
Who Were Winston and Clementine Churchill Children?
From the marriage of Winston and Clementine Churchill, the couple had five children. Here is a list of their children in order of their birth.
1. Diana Spencer-Churchill
Diana is the oldest of Winston and Clementine Churchill’s children. She was born on the 11th day of July 1909 and attended the Notting Hill High School before later proceeding to the Royal Academy of Arts. In 1932, Diana became the wife of John Milner Bailey but the marriage ended in divorce. She tried her hand at marriage again but like the first, it also failed, but not before she and her husband Duncan Sandys had three children.
In regards to her career, she participated in the Second World War as an officer in the Women’s Royal Naval Service. In 1962, she took to working with an organization with the aim of preventing suicide.
2. Randolph Churchill
Like his father, Randolph achieved quite a lot. He was an officer in World War II and also had careers as a politician, journalist, and writer. He famously wrote his father’s biography.
Born in 1911, he became the only son and second child to Winston and Clementine Churchill. He attended Sandroyed School in Wiltshire and later became part of Eton College as a student.
In regards to marriage, Randolph was married twice; first to Pamela Digby whom he married in 1939 and divorced in 1946, and then to June Osborne whom he had two children – Winston and Arabella Churchill.
3. Sarah Churchill
Sarah was born on October 7, 1914. She was named after the Duchess of Marlborough, Sarah Churchill, her father’s ancestor. The young girl had her education at the Notting Hill High School and North Foreland Lodge.
When she came of age, Sarah served at the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) during the Second World War. She also had an acting career where she appeared in several films, including Royal Wedding (1951) and Serious Charge (1959) among others.
In regards to her personal life, Sarah was married thrice; first to Vic Oliver whom she divorced in 1945, then to Anthony Beauchamp who died in 1957 and then to Thomas Percy Henry Touches Jessen who also died in 1963, a year after their marriage.
4. Marigold Churchill
Not much is known about Marigold, who was born on November 15, 1918, aside from the fact that she died at a young age in August 1921 and was buried in Kensal Green Cemetery. It is said that due to Winston and Clementine Churchill’s busy schedule during the First World War, the young girl and her siblings were left in the care of a nanny.
5. Mary Churchill
Mary, the last child of the Churchill’s, was born in 1922 on September 15. She obtained her education at the Manor House after which she joined the Red Cross and the Women’s Voluntary Service before proceeding to the Auxiliary Territorial Service.
Mary served in many other public organizations and also wrote the biography of her mother in 1979, as well as a book of letters between her parents. She was previously married to politician Christopher Soames until his death in 1987.
When Did The Churchill’s Die?
The Churchill family patriarch, Winston Churchill, lived for a long time but passed on January 24, 1965, at the age of 90 after suffering from a stroke. Clementine, on the other hand, died two years after her husband passed on in London; precisely on the 12th of December 1977 at the age of 92.
Amongst all the Winston and Clementine Churchill children, excluding Marigold, Diana Churchill was the first to pass away, dying of an overdose which was later rumored to be intentional in 1963. Randolph suffered from a heart disorder and passed on peacefully in 1968 as did Sarah Spencer-Churchill, who died at the age of 67 on September 24, 1982.
The last Churchill child, Mary, lived until the age of 91 before kicking the bucket. All the members of the Churchill family were buried in St. Martins Church, Bladon except for Marigold who was buried at the Kensal Green Cemetary.