Winston Churchill’s Stenographer Passes Away

Winston Churchill’s Stenographer Patrick Kinna has died at age 95. Kinna’s wartime duties included taking dictation from Winston Churchill while he bathed. He was also a witness to the encounter between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and a naked Winston Churchill at the White House during the 1941 Christmas season.

Kinna recalled that incident in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corp’s oral history archive.
“Churchill was in the bath and began dictating. He would submerge himself under the water every now and again and come up and carry on with the dictation. He was very absorbed in his work that morning and would not keep still for the valet to help dress him; he kept walking around the room speaking aloud. There was a rat-a-tat-tat on the door and Churchill swung the door open to President Roosevelt! Churchill simply said that he had nothing to hide from Mr. President!”

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