It's Movember - facial follicular festivities at Churchill

13th November 2013 in Archives Centre, News and Events

Army camp, Blenheim, 1911. Reference: Randolph Churchill Papers, RDCH 9/1/2.

As part of Movember, the Churchill Alumni and Development Office has put together a Pinterest board of moustachioed characters including some photographs I found in the Archive’s collections. The facial follicular festivities may be viewed on the board below.

My favourite image, showing a particularly lush crop of ‘taches is this snapshot of the Duke of Marlborough, Victor Viscount Churchill, Winston and Jack Churchill at an army camp at Blenheim in 1911. It has a notable absence of Winston whiskers. Perhaps he was acting in response to the following incident. Briefly sporting a moustache during the Boer war, Churchill was told by a young woman to whom he had newly been introduced:

"There are two things I don’t like about you … your moustache and … your new political party", to which he replied, "Pray do not disturb yourself, you are not likely to come into contact with either."

- Churchill by Himself’, Richard M. Langworth

Gemma Cook

 

Army camp, Blenheim, 1911. Reference: Randolph Churchill Papers, RDCH 9/1/2.

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