Handwritten poem by Winston Churchill
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'Rare' handwritten Churchill manuscript to be auctioned

The only poem known to have been written by Winston Churchill as an adult is to be auctioned in London.

The 40-line work, Our Modern Watchwords, is thought to have been written in 1899 or 1900 when he served abroad in the army, in his mid-20s.

The poem, written on Army notepaper in blue crayon, consists of four 10-line stanzas, each ending with the name of a distant outpost of the British empire.

Francesca Spikernell, a specialist at Bonham's said it was ''incredibly rare'' to have a manuscript like this on the market.

  • 10 Apr 2013
  • From the section UK