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Winnie's fondness for feline marmalade.

Byline: Robert Sutcliffe

A LITTLE-known side to our great wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill was revealed this week.

Despite his often bellicose nature he had a gentle, even sentimental, side and this was displayed in his love for his marmalade cat, Jock.

It was given to him for his 88th birthday in 1962 and was named Jock after one of his private secretaries, Sir John 'Jock' Colville who gave him the pet.

Churchill was so fond of Jock it was said that he would not start meals until he was at the table.

Before his death he insisted there should always be a marmalade cat with a white bib and four white socks resident at his country estate, Chartwell, Kent, bequeathed to the National Trust. Now Chartwell has a new Jock - Jock VI, a seven-monthold rescue kitten.
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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 15, 2014
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