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Vol.01 No.53

Vol.01 No.53

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 Journal of the International Churchill Society
WINSTON CHURCHILL BY ROBERT CORKEAUTUMN 1986 • NUMBER 53
 
Quarterly Journal of the International Churchill Society Established 1968 Number 53
Autumn 1986 
THE INTERNATIONAL CHURCHILL SOCIETY
A non-profit association of scholars, historians, philatelists, collectors andbibliophiles, the Society was founded in 1968 to promote interest in andknowledge of the life and thought of Sir Winston Churchill, and to preservehis memory. ICS is certified as a tax-free charity under Section 501(c) (3) of the US Internal Revenue Code, is Affiliate #49 of the American PhilatelicSociety, and is a study unit of the American Topical Association.
Finest Hour 
subscriptions are included in a membership fee, which offers several levels of support in four different currencies.
Membership applications and changes of address
welcomed at the business office listed on page 3.
Editorial cor-respondence:
PO Box 385, Contoocook, NH 03229 USA. Permission to mailat non-profit rates granted by the United States Postal Service. Produced byDragonwyck Publishing Inc. Copyright © 1986. All rights reserved.
PATRON OF THE SOCIETY
The Lady Soames, DBE
HONORARY MEMBERS
The Marquess of BathWinston S. Churchill, MPSir John Colville, CB, CVOMartin Gilbert, MAGrace Hamblin, OBEThe Duke of Marlborough, DL, JPSir John Martin, KCMG, CB, CVOAnthony Montague Browne, CBE, DFCThe Rt Hon The Lord Soames, GCMG, GCVO, CH, CBEThe Rt Hon The Earl of Stockton, OMThe Hon Caspar W. Weinberger
 In Memoriam:
Randolph S. Churchill, 1911-1968The Baroness Clementine Spencer-Churchill of Chartwell, 1885-1977The Earl Mountbatten of Burma, 1900-1979Dalton Newfield, 1918-1982Oscar Nemon, 1906-1985Governor the Hon. W. Averell Harriman, 1891-1986
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 Australia:
Peter M. Jenkins
Canada:
Arthur Cload, Ronald W. Downey, John Plumpton,W.J. Sterling Sunley, George E. Temple
 New Zealand:
R. Barry Collins
United Kingdom:
Peter Coombs, Geoffrey J. Wheeler
United States:
W. Glen Browne, Derek Brownleader, Sue M. Hefner,Richard M. Langworth, George A. Lewis, David Marcus
COVER: OFFER TO ICS MEMBERS ONLY
Richard Haslam-Hopwood, who commissioned this work, has kindlymade prints available (25x18", print size 16x13") at a special price toICS members, half of which will be donated to the Society's 1986Fund Appeal: £100 UK, $150 USA, $200 Canada/Australia securesyour copy. Send cheques to your local national business office (seepage opposite). Robert D. Corke holds an Honours Degree fromKingston Art College and is recognised as one of Europe's best il-lustrators. His work shows Sir Winston in a typical pose, but com-prises an entirely fresh and original study.Produced by Dragonwyck Publishing Inc. \^
FINEST HOUR
 Editor:
Richard M. LangworthPost Office Box 385, Contoocook, New Hampshire 03229 USA
Senior Editor:
John G. Plumpton130 Collingsbrook Blvd, Agincourt, Ontario, Canada M1W 1M7
 Bibliographic Editor (Works by Churchill):
Ronald I. Cohen5 Murray Avenue, Westmount, Quebec, Canada H3Y 2X9
 Bibliographic Editor (Works about Churchill):
H. Ashley Redburn7 Auriol Drive, Bedhampton, Havant, Hants. PO9 3LR, England
Cuttings Editor:
John Frost8 Monks Ave, New Barnet, Herts., EN5 1D8, England
Contributors:
George Richard, 7 Channel Hwy, Taroona, Tasmania, Australia 7006Stanley E. Smith, 155 Monument St., Concord, Mass. 01742 USASidney Altneu, 2851 NE 183rd St., N. Miami Beach, Fla. 33160 USA
Composition by C&R Composition, Pittsfield, New HampshirePrinting by Hazen Printing Co., Penacook, New Hampshire
FEATURES
"Winnie:" The Making of a Musical 6
The Story Thus Farby John G. Plumpton
Churchill and the Baltic g
Part I, 1918-1931: "Very Lively and Truculent"by Richard M. Langworth
Churchill Collector's Handbook
c
t
r
Section 3: Society Membership November 1986
Books: Their Finest Hour Revised and Unrevised 14
The Neilson Critique — The Smith Responseby Stanley E. Smith
Churchill in Stamps: Part 11 18
With Fisher at the Admiraltyby Richard M. Langworth
Collecting Locals and Labels 20
A Churchill Collector Looks at an Inexpensive Sidelightby W. Glen Browne
DEPARTMENTS
Thoughts and Adventures/3 International Datelines/4 Despatch Box/5Riddles, Mysteries, Enigmas/5 Classified/5 Reviewing Churchill/16Inside the Journals/17 Coming Events/17 Action this Day/22 ISCStores/23 Immortal Words/24^7 Copyright © 1986 Finest Hour
 
OVER THE TOP!
WESTTIELD.
NJ.
AUGUST
25
George Lewis
writes: "We are over $18,000. Con-gratulations. Have a good trip toEngland. I'm going on holiday!"We did it! Over 25% of the USmembership have now contributed toour 1986 fund appeal, and our mailingto 30,000 potential new members of the Society will have been in the postseveral weeks when you read this. Theaverage contribution of $ 150 was overtwice what we expected. We can'tthank you enough for your faithfulsupport. You may be sure we will doour best to make it count.
TAX-FREE IN CANADA
WILLOWDALE. ONTARIO, SEPTEMBER 2 —
ICS-
Canada director George Templereports that the Society has receivedapproval from Ottawa as a certifiedCanadian charitable organisation, andall donations over and about the basic$20 subscription rate are tax-deduct-ible from 8 May 1986.Canadian members will be hearingmore about the 1986 Fund Drive andrelated developments in a specialletter later this autumn.
LORDBOOTHBY 1900-1986
LONDON. JULY
16
— Lord Boothby,
an
outspoken Conservative who hadbeen private secretary to WinstonChurchill (1926-29), and who hadserved as many years in Parliamentas WSC, died after a heart attack,aged 86. Born in Edinburgh, RobertJohn Graham Boothby representedEast Aberdeenshire, Scotland from1924 to 1958, when he was created aLife Peer.Boothby was one of WSC's few sup-porters in the fight to rearm Britainduring the 1930s, but criticized Chur-chill in his memoirs, "Recollections of a Rebel" (1976). In 1940-41 he servedas Minister of Food.
ERRATA
In issue #52 we wrongly elevated LordShinwell to Marquess-or-above byusing his first name in his title. Weliked him best as just "MannyShinwell," anyway. He was a great ex-ample of the basic civility, back-stage,between political opponents, thatseems to have generally vanishednow. Also in issue #52, page 11 cap-tion, we blamed CBS Television formisrepresenting George Will with thewrong Churchill cartoon. It was ABC,not CBS. Hard to tell them apart. . .
TORONTO AWARDS DINNER
TORONTO. ONTARIO, JUNE
24
The First An-nual Churchill Awards Dinner washeld tonight at the Royal CanadianMilitary Institute, through the kind-ness of Robert S. Gillan, who arrangedthe club facilities.After an enjoyable dinner, the FirstAnnual Award to "the most dis-tinguished student of British History"in any year of University study waspresented to John Logan of York University by Chapter president PatCassels. Douglas McLeod then sharedsome personal' remembrances fromhis association with Inspector TommyThompson, Sir Winston's longtimebodyguard.Among those in attendance wereMrs. Mary Alexander, Mr. GarnetBarber, Mrs. Pat Cassels, Mr. & Mrs.David Currie, Mr. & Mrs. Robert S.Gillan, Mr. Glynne Jenkins, Mr. JohnLogan, Miss Lisa Logan, Mr. DouglasJ. McLeod, Mr. Murray W. Milne, Mr.Edward R. Moorhouse, Mr. WilliamSempie, Mrs. Betty Shand, Mr. GeorgeE. Temple, Mr. Bernard Webber, Mr.Ian G. Weir.Commencing 1987, the TorontoChapter will honour a student fromthe University of Toronto as well asYork University.Toronto area members are cordiallyinvited to future events, for which see"Coming Events" this issue.
Pat Cassels, Pres.
"THE FIRTH OF FORTH" PRINTS
NEWPORT. RHODE ISLAND, AUGUST 15 — The
America's Cup Gallery has beenauthorized to offer limited editionprints of Sir Winston's only knownnaval painting, "Firth of Forth,"lithographed from the original ownedby Edwina Sandys. Depicting WorldWar I warships, this work is alive withcolor and impressionistic drama —typically Churchill, but a unique sub- ject. The prints measure 2214 x24".For further information contact theGallery at 411 Thames St., NewportRI 02840 USA.
ANOTHER WINSTON
MARLOW. BUCKS. ENGLAND, JUNE 1 Mr.
John Evans, a member of the Society,appears as Sir Winston circa 1938-50on stage, television and at privatefunctions. John is available to ICSevents planners and other functions,and may be contacted at 1 HighfieldPark, Marlow, Bucks. SL7 2DD,telephone (062 84) 2914.
TO DAVID FROM WINSTON
LONDON,AUGUST
i
An auction disposed
of a remarkable collection of Churchillautograph letters, including one writ-ten from imprisonment in the BoerWar and several personal letters toLloyd George at unprecendentedprices. The WSC-DLG letters includedeverything from requests for ameeting to important letters on the1908 strike, 1909 budget estimates,the 1911 Agadir Crisis, a 7-page thesison wartime food supply, and a letterfrom the trenches on 10 April 1916.Advance estimates were as high as£3500 for some letters, and we areadvised that realised prices werehigher than that. We would appreciatemore information, and hope that theletters reached a responsible archive.
CHURCHILL'S BRITAIN 1987
We have now confirmed the dates of the ICS tour of London and Scotland:we begin at noon on Thursday 3September at the Waldorf Hotel inLondon, and finish Monday morning14 September at Loch Lomond.(Coach runs to either Prestwick air-port or central London from the finishpoint are included.) Deposits of $200per person (refundable if cancelledbefore 31 May) may be sent payable toSpecialist Tours, PO Box 385, Con-toocook, NH 03229 USA.Register now to avoid the rush. Afull itinerary is available and will alsoappear next issue. See page 17 formore details.

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