Sir Winston Churchill Funeral Documents

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2015-06-26 10:48:56

Sir Winston Churchill Funeral Documents are items of political memorabilia relating to the celebrated former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Background information

Winston Churchill was one of the most highly-regarded and influential British political leaders in history. After a distinguished military career he began his political life as a Conservative MP in Oldham and by 1911 was the First Lord of the Admiralty.

His reputation suffered in the aftermath of the First World War, causing him to lose his position, and it was not until the outbreak of the Second World War that he regained it. Soon after he succeeded Neville Chamberlain as Prime Minister, and led the country to victory during World War II.

His impassioned speeches and inspirational leadership have ensured his legacy remains today – a national poll in 2002 saw him voted the ‘Greatest Briton’ of all time.

Item description

This set of six documents relate to Churchill’s state funeral, which took place on January 30, 1965. The funeral was attended by the Queen herself, along with an unprecedented number of foreign heads of state from around the world.

The documents included in the collection are:

  • Ceremonial booklets
  • The order of service
  • The personal invitation
  • General instructions
  • A seat allocation note

The documents were originally sent to Mr F. H. Patrickson, who attended the funeral after working with Churchill to restore several paintings.

Ownership

This rare and unusual set of documents is offered for sale by Paul Fraser Collectibles, a company specialising in high-grade collectibles and historic memorabilia.

It is currently priced at £695.

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