Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill believed success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is courage to continue that counts. This is the way he lived his life, he never gave up he continued to move forward. Churchill, a man ahead of his time, doing his very best to bring the future into the present. His story is one that stretches all the way back to November 30th of 1874, though his story does not truly begin until a cold November day in 1899.
November, 1899, Churchill a young man on an armored train loaded with British soldiers. These Brave soldiers were running a reconnaissance mission between Frere and Chieveley, both part of the British Natal Colony. A boulder was placed on the track by a Boer commando force. When the train slammed into the boulder, rifle fire began from a vantage position. Soldiers who were uninjured by the wreck did their best to defend their wounded allies and uncouple the locomotive. After a rough seventy minutes of non-stop firefighting the Boers swept down the hill. Some of the men escaped on the locomotive, but Churchill wasn’t one of them. When Churchill finally awoke he found himself in a ditch covered in sweat, oil, dust, and the blood of his countrymen. Forty yards from Churchill’s position a Boer took notice of him sliding off his horse and taking a knee. This Boer set the Englishman in his sights, Churchill went for his pistol but it wasn’t there, it was on the train. Churchill knew the Boer had him dead to rights. Churchill knew he had two options and took the one he thought was best. He surrendered ready to adjust to life as a prisoner.
The Boers were quickly able to identify Churchill as the son of Lord Randolph Churchill, an eminent politician with a bloodline that went back beyond the First Duke of Marlborough. Understanding they had a valuable bargaining chip, the Boers treated Churchill as a POW, even though he was only a civilian. However, Churchill was not so keen on being a captive and after only four weeks hopped the fence to a neighboring property and ran like the wind. Churchill did his best to travel in secret, traveling only at night, stealing food, drinking from streams, and even hitching rides east on resupply trains. It took him nine days to reach his destination and on the tenth day he sent a message to the British stating, “I am weak, but I am free.” Churchill was a man of true courage and giving up was not an option.
After a short spur in domestic politics, which included a “Crossing of the Chamber,” meaning he went from being a conservative to a liberal in the House of Commons, he decided to step away from politics. In 1911 he was given the title and work of the First Lord of Admiralty, a job similar to that of our Secretary of the Navy. In his time as First Lord he began to recognize that Germany became keener to starting fights with other countries. In response to that Churchill geared up England for war, starting with establishing the Royal Naval Air Service, modernized...