Clementine Hozier (as she was known at the time) lived on Abingdon Villas from 1903 until her marriage to Winston Churchill in 1908.
As Lady Clementine Churchill she took an active role on the homefront in both world wars. During the first she organised canteens for munitions workers on behalf of the Young Men’s Christian Association for which she was awarded a CBE in 1918.
During World War 2 Lady Churchill was again involved, this time as Chairman of the Red Cross Aid to Russia Fund, the President of the Young Women’s Christian Association War Time Appeal and the Chairman of Fulmer Chase Maternity Hospital for Wives of Junior Officers.
The Mayor, Cllr Maighread Condon-Simmonds said: “Lady Clementine Churchill did a huge amount during both world wars, not to mention having to deal with the pressure Sir Winston was under as Prime Minster in such a dark hour. She also worked hard as a crossbench peer in the House of Lords in later life. I am delighted we are able to recognise her and mark her early life in the Royal Borough.”
Joining the Mayor for the unveiling was Sir Winston and Lady Churchill’s grandson, The Rt Hon Sir Nicholas Soames MP; the three local ward Councillors, Victoria Borwick, Joanna Gardner and James Husband. Also in attendance were local resident group ESSA and David Charlesworth and Charles Mickleworth, the local residents who researched and proposed the idea to the ward Councillors.
The Mayor continued: “In this project, it is possible to see how local people can take a lead in bringing positive changes to the areas where they live”.
All photos by Justin Thomas, reproduced with permission