Great Bri­tish ec­centrics

Lt-col Jack Churchill (1906–96)

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country Notebook - Il­lus­tra­tion by Emma Mccall

IN 1939, Churchill rep­re­sented Great Bri­tain at archery in the World Cham­pi­onships. This proved good train­ing for when, in the same year, Europe went to war again—the sol­dier packed his bow and set off for France, where he was awarded an MC. In 1941, he joined the Bri­tish Com­man­dos, but not be­fore chalk­ing up the last recorded long­bow kill in mil­i­tary his­tory. In a raid on a Nazi post in Nor­way, Mad Jack, as he had be­come known, ral­lied his men in un­usual fash­ion. Stand­ing on one of the in­com­ing boats, he played his bag­pipes with gusto. When they landed on the beach, he ex­changed the in­stru­ment for a broad-hilted clay­more sword, threw a grenade and charged the en­emy. In 1944, Churchill was cap­tured, but, in 1945, he es­caped his prisoner-of-war camp and walked over the Alps back to the Al­lied forces. Sid­ney His­cox

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