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Churchill Lights a Stogie

Churchill Lights a Stogie

British Embassy to the U.S., 3100 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. Washington DC. Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield, was at this time the U.K. Ambassador to the U.S. That dates this photo sometime between 1953 and 1956. The good ambassador, of course, stands to Winston Churchill's right. Churchill served his second stint as Prime Minister from 1951-55; he made four trips to the U.S. during this period. Ewart Russell basks in the sun in the rear center (to the right of the microphone). View full size.

He worked there.

What's more curious is why there's a kid in front of the podium.

Ewart Russell

Could you tell us how Ewart Russell, who I gather from your link to the other photo is your grandfather, happened to be present at this occasion?

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