John Churchill

John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill (1906 - 1996)

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Lt Col John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming "Fighting Jack" Churchill
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Lt Col John Churchill was a Prisoner of War during World War II.



A World War II soldier who captured 42 German troops armed only with a Scottish sword has been ranked as one of the world’s greatest adventurers.[1]

Churchill is known for his daring exploits, including making the last recorded bow and arrow kill in wartime, saving 500 people in Jerusalem from certain death and capturing German soldiers with the use of his Claybeg sword.[2]

He was awarded the Military Cross (M.C.).[3] He gained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Seaforth Highlanders.[4] He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.)[5][6]

John Churchill was born in Hong Kong [7] or Ceylon[8] or Surrey, England.[9]

John Churchill was an extremely colourful and unusual person as can be seen in his Wikipedia entry[10]. It is my understanding that when he was captured in Jugoslavia by the Germans, they thought they had captured Churchill's son, also Jack Churchill. In later life, he was invited back by Tito to Jugoslavia to celebrate his involvement in the freeing of his country.[11]

I [12], met him when staying with my Cousin (and Godmother) Lady Alison Anderson in the late 1960s when he came across for the evening with his wife, Cousin Rosamund. I remember him and Uncle Toby (Sir Austin Anderson) admiring very well made and working model ships - a certain boyish charm from two distinguished and elderly gentlemen.

His father, Alex Churchill was Director of Public Works in Hong Kong and Ceylon.[13]


[S466] Notices, The Telegraph, London, UK, 13 March 1996. Hereinafter cited as The Telegraph.


  1. The Scotsman
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  11. Michael Thompson
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On 17 Aug 2017 at 07:12 GMT Stephne Churchill wrote:

On 16 Aug 2017 at 13:46 GMT Stephne Churchill wrote:

There is some good data about him here. Apparently he was actually born in Ceylon?

Father - Alec Fleming Churchill G-Father - John Fleming Churchill

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