Sir Winston Churchill’s last surviving child Lady Mary Soames dies aged 91

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Lady Soames (left) with Winston Churchill  (Picture: AP ) Lady Soames (left) with Winston Churchill (Picture: AP )

Lady Soames, the last surviving child of Sir Winston Churchill, has died.

Mary Soames, who was 91, died peacefully at home in west London yesterday evening surrounded by her family, after a short illness.

She was the youngest of the five children of the wartime prime minister and his wife Clementine.

One of her sons, the Conservative MP Nicholas Soames, said: ‘She was a truly remarkable and extraordinary woman, who led a very distinguished life.’

Mary Churchill worked for the Red Cross and the Women’s Voluntary Service from 1939 to 1941, and joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service with whom she served in London, Belgium and Germany in mixed anti-aircraft batteries, rising to the rank of Junior Commander (equivalent to Captain).

FILE - In this Friday, March 3, 2006 file photo, Lady Mary Soames, the youngest daughter of Sir Winston Churchill, listens to a speaker at a forum where she answered questions from students at the Westminster campus in Fulton, Mo. Mary Soames, the last surviving child of British leader Winston Churchill, has died. She was 91. Her son Nicholas Soames said Sunday, June 1, 2014 that she died the previous evening after a short illness. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, File) Lady Mary Soames, the youngest daughter of Sir Winston Churchill, listens to a speaker at a forum  (PIcture: AP)

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