Churchill Medal - Let Us Go Forward Together

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Date:1970

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London Twenty-four carat gold on silver medal, 1970

Diameter 44mm

This is one of a set of four Churchill medals designed by David Cornell and minted by the medallist John Pinches. The medals celebrate the 25th Anniversary of peace in Europe after the Second World War. The obverse features a portrait of Churchill making a speech. He wears half moon spectacles, bow tie and flowers in his lapel, and stands infront of a microphone. To the bottom right is the name of the designer, 'Cornell'. The reverse features a rectangular plaque flanked by two Union Jacks on flagpoles and with a lion's head above. The inscription on the plaque is an exerpt from Churchill's first speech to the House of Commons, three days after being made Prime Minister, on 13 May 1940.

'You ask, what is our policy?' Churchill remarked, 'I can say: it is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us...You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory...for without victory there is no survival...I feel sure that our cause will not be suffered to fail among men. AT THIS TIME I FEEL ENTITLED TO CLAIM THE AID OF ALL, AND I SAY 'COME THEN, LET US GO FORWARD TOGETHER WITH OUR UNITED STRENGTH'.'

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Donor ref:LEAMG : M3379.1980.3 (66/16966)

Source: Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum

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