Winston Churchill is a celebrated war hero who served in the Sudanese revolt and in the Anglo-Boer War, famous for his daring escape from prison in the latter. He has publicly condemned the conduct of some important British leaders, notably Lord Kitchener's desecration of the Mahdi's tomb after the crushing of the Sudanese revolt.
Appearances and Mentions
- Winston Churchill wakes up in a hotel room with no recollection of the events of the previous night, and is a suspect for the murder of his friend Reginald Mayfair. He convinces Murdoch (and a reluctant Inspector Brackenreid, who initially admires him but is put off by his blunt and arrogant behavior) to help them reconstruct his activities; in the end, the evidence seems to point out that he had in fact killed Mayfair after a heated argument, only for Dr. Grace to exonerate him based on the nature of the wound. Churchill then guesses that Mayfair had been killed for his involvement in Kitchener's actions, and goes to challenge the culprit; he is almost killed himself, until Brackenreid tell the man that Churchill had condemned his friend's action and had spent words of praise for the Mahdi in his book, convincing the killer to spare him.
Throughout the episode, there were multiple references to the future events and developments that would famously involve Churchill:
- When he and Murdoch meet a bulldog in the street, he expressed his fondness for them, and says that given his gluttony he might end up looking like one himself;
- When Murdoch suggests that these events might find a place in his memoirs, Churchill admits that this wasn't "his finest hour" (echoing the famous quote about the Battle of Britain);
- When he signs Brackenreid's autograph book, he says that he's not sure if his signature is worthy being near the Prime Minister's, to which Brackenreid reassures him quipping that he might be Prime Minister one day.
- Battle of Omdurman (2 September 1898) included the British light cavalry charge of 400 Lancers against 3,000 Dervishes. Winston Churchill was present at the battle and he rode with the 21st Lancers. He published his account of the battle in 1899 as "The River War: An Account of the Reconquest of the Sudan".
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