Randolf Federick Howard Spencer-Churchill

Randolf Federick Howard Spencer-Churchill

Male 1911 - 1968  (57 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors and 4 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Randolf Federick Howard Spencer-Churchill  [1
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 28 May 1911  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Jun 1968  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I39755  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 20 Nov 2001 

    Father Prime Minister Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill,   b. 30 Nov 1874, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1965, Bladon, Oxford Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Mother Clementine Ogilvy Hozier,   b. 1885,   d. 12 Dec 1977  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 12 Sep 1908  St. Margaret's, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 4 siblings 
    Family ID F16889  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Pamela Beryl Digby,   b. 20 Mar 1920, Farnborough Park Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1997, Paris, Île-de-France, Fr Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 4 Oct 1939  St. John's, Smith Square Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Divorced 1946 
    +1. Living
    Last Modified 20 Nov 2001 
    Family ID F16893  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Momo Marriott,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 
    Family ID F66910  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 June Osborne 
    Married Nov 1948  [2
    Divorced 1961 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 
    Family ID F16898  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 May 1911 - London, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Jun 1968 - England Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Randolph Churchill, aged twenty-eight, was exceedingly handsome despite a reputation for drunkenness, boorishness and treating most people with the utmost contempt. He made a spasmodic living by journalism and lecturing until he joined the army. When on leave he met, and immediately became engaged to, a jolly, plump, red-haired, nineteen-year-old girl, Pamela Digby. Within days they were married, making the war an excuse for haste, though there was not much going on with the 4th Hussars. The wedding took place at Admiralty House and his parents, Winston and Clementine, hoped that Pamela would "settle him down". Randolph was quite open about the fact he wanted a son, which was the reason why he married, lady friends were for sex but Pamela he regarded as "breeding" material. Continuing to womanize, when Pamela was in the process of giving birth, it was reported that he was in bed with another woman. Even during the war, when stationed in Egypt, he had a long affaire with Momo Marriott and when she was not available had a succession of girlfriends, some of them prostitutes. However, during the war Randolph proved his courage many times and was to do so again as a war reporter in Korea, where he was shot in the leg. But his capacity for drink remained prodigious and he was embittered by his father's evident lack of enthusiasm for his company. Although the rows between them became increasingly exhausting for the older man with the passing years, yet there remained a deep affection between them.
      Randolph's long-delayed divorce came through a few months after the end of the war and, in November 1948, he married June Osborne. It was inevitably a tempestuous relationship held together only by their beautiful daughter, Arabella, although finally ending in divorce in 1961. In the previous year Randolph had been entrusted with the writing of his father's biography, incontrovertibly the single most important and worthwhile task of his life. He went about it with professional zeal, surrounding himself with a team of researchers and secretaries at his place at Stour.
      However, his health was already failing, his prodigious cigarette smoking taking its toll. In a life touched by tragedy, insecurity and loneliness, the worst blow was his being able to complete only the first two volumes of a biography that gave strong evidence of matching its subject in its quality and understanding.

      (Condensed from Richard Hough's "Winston and Clementine".)

  • Sources 
    1. [S14] University of Hull Royal Database (England), Brian Tompsett, (copyright 1994, 1995, 1996 , , Repository: WWW, University of Hull, Hull, UK HU6 7RX bct@tardis.ed.ac.uk).

    2. [S106] Churchill: A Life, Martin Gilbert, (Henry Holt & Company, New York ,).

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