November 30th, 1874 was the date that marked the birth of Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill.
He was born into aristocracy as his father was Lord Randolph Churchill. He was a prominent Member of Parliament. Lord Churchill’s nickname was ‘Tony Democracy’ as he inspired a new generation of Conservative party managers and faced much criticism of his ‘radical ideas’, as it was referred to by his peers. Lord Randolph Churchill married Jennie Jerome an American who was later renamed as Lady Churchill as following in the aristocratic names. Winston Churchill was neither close to either of them and later in life said referring to his mother “I loved her dearly – but at a distance.” Winston was never close with his father in any amount and their relationship was almost nonexistent. However, he did have a close relationship with his brother that would last beyond childhood. Also, he had a close friendship with his nanny Elizabeth Ann Everest and he stated: “She had been my dearest and most intimate friend during the whole of the twenty years I had lived.
” As a young boy, Churchill was an avid reader and one of these such books he was fond of was ‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stevenson. This had sparked the young boy’s mind and along with a toy horse he played with his imagination was one of his most grand troops. Although he had attended the most prestigious boarding schools in England, he did not like his education. Then in 1893, after he had finished his standard education, he made three attempts to join the Sandhurst Military School. He was enrolled as a cavalryman for a year. This was the beginning of Churchill’s Military. At this time Winston was 19 years old and in 1894 he joined the Fourth Hussars, the only cavalry division in the British army at the time.
As a military man, he enjoyed it. During his service, he was posted to South Africa during the Second Boer War. Although he was trained as a cavalryman he served as a wartime correspondent, relaying information. He wrote many literary works about his time in South Africa. This was the first prominent event in the young Churchill’s life. In November of 1899, he was captured by the Boer forces and was a POW for some time. He later escaped with help from many other soldiers and an assistance from a mine manager. After the war, he made efforts to begin his political career.