A recent article on the Express web site describes a letter Churchill sent to the mayor of Scarborough, Christopher Colbourne Graham, after the shelling of the town by the German navy in December 1914. Then serving as First Lord of the Admiralty, he expressed his condolences and wrote of his admiration for the people of Scarborough. In the letter, which was only uncovered earlier this year, Churchill said that the German bombardment of the Yorkshire coast was an indication of the British naval successes, writing “nothing proves more plainly the effectiveness of British naval pressure, than the frenzy of hatred aroused against us in the breast of the enemy.” Writing three days after the attack on the city, he further remarked, “Whatever feats of arms the German navy may hereafter perform, the stigma of the baby-killers of Scarborough will brand its officers and men while sailors sail the seas.”

Also on the Express web site is another recent article, this one on Churchill and painting. The piece includes the interesting story of how he greeted his new bodyguard Sergeant Edmund Murray, who had served in the Foreign Legion and was an avid painter, by saying, “You have had a most interesting life. And I hear you even paint in oils.” Another Churchill quote on painting is also recalled in which he declares, “When I get to heaven I mean to spend a considerable portion of my first million years in painting, and so get to the bottom of the subject.”