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      • Alex graduates with honours and in 1928 discovers that certain bacteria cannot grow in certain vegetable molds. In 1943 when Churchill becomes ill in the Near East, Alex’s invention, penicillin, is flown out to effect his cure. Thus once again Alexander Fleming saves the life of Winston Churchill.
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  2. Charming but Fanciful: The Fleming-Churchill Myth

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    His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death. The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman’s sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved. “I want to repay you,” said the nobleman. “You saved my son’s life.” “No, I can’t accept payment for what I did,” the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer’s own son came to the door of the family hovel. “Is that your son?” the nobleman asked. “Yes,” the farmer replied proudly. “I’ll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy and...

    For many years it was thought that the story originated in Worship Programs for Juniors, by Alice A. Bays and Elizabeth Jones Oakbery (1950). In a chapter entitled “The Power of Kindness,” Churchill is saved from drowning in a Scottish lake by Alexander Fleming himself. A few years later Churchill telephones Alex to say that his parents, in gratitude, will sponsor Alex’s medical school education. Alex graduates with honors and in 1928 discovers that certain bacteria cannot grow in certain vegetable molds. In 1943 when Churchill becomes ill, Fleming, through penicillin, saves his life again. In 2009 Mr. Ken Hirsch trumped this story with a Google Book Search. This traced it back to “Dr. Lifesaver,” by Arthur Keeney, in the December 1944 issue of Coronet. Fastidiously, Mr. Hirsch then identified the author. Arthur Gladstone Keeney (1892-1955) was a Florida and Washington D.C. newsman who served during World War II in the Office of War Information. “Since Keeney’s story was published o...

    Churchill’s official biographer, Sir Martin Gilbert, first noticed a flaw in the story: the ages of Churchill and Alexander Fleming. The latter was seven years younger than Churchill. Would he have been plowing a field at, say, age 7, when Churchill was 14? Hugh Fleming (1816-1888) was certainly able to save a drowning Churchill up to about age 14 (WSC was born in 1874). But there is no record of Churchill nearly drowning in Scotland at that or any other age. Nor, concluded Sir Martin, is there record of Lord Randolph paying for Alexander’s education. Another fundamental problem involves Churchill’s treatment in 1943. Dr. John Mather, an expert on WSC’s medical history, writes: “Churchill was treated for a very serious strain of pneumonia not with penicillin but with ‘M&B,’ a short name for a sulfadiazine produced by May and Baker Pharmaceuticals. Since the M&B was successful, it was probably a bacterial rather than a viral infection.” Sir Martin added: “The diaries of Lord Moran[Ch...

  3. Did Alexander Fleming's Father Save Winston Churchill from ...

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    So, Alexander Fleming’s father saved a young Winston Churchill from drowning in a bog. Or young Alexander Fleming himself saved a young Winston Churchill from drowning in a swimming hole. Or young...

  4. Sir Alexander Fleming Twice Saved Churchill's Life ...

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    Alex graduates with honors and in 1928 discovers that certain bacteria cannot grow in certain vegetable molds. In 1943 when Churchill becomes ill in the Near East, Alex’s invention, penicillin, is flown out to effect his cure. Thus once again Alexander Fleming saves the life of Winston Churchill.

  5. This is a nice story but this story is false and Sir Alexander Fleming said it himself that he did not save Sir Winston Churchill during World War II also. It is interesting to think that someone would have made up a story like that. The first time I read it, I thought it is for real. Until I verified it in the internet.

  6. Jan 11, 2020 · Is it true that Lord Ran­dolph Churchill financed the edu­ca­tion of Alexan­der Flem­ing, the dis­cov­er­er of peni­cillin, as a result of Flem­ing (or his father) res­cu­ing Churchill from drown­ing in a swamp when young Win­ston was a youth—and a Flem­ing dis­cov­ery, peni­cillin, saved Churchill’s life years lat­er in 1943? A friend of mine has sent me this email regard­ing it and I want­ed to ver­i­fy .

  7. Alexander Fleming Winston Churchill Connection | Winston ...

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    Nov 06, 2013 · The first myth includes the claim that for Winston Churchill, Fleming was some sort of hero. In this myth, a very young Winston was supposedly saved from being drowned in a lake by a farm boy named Alex, while in Scotland.

  8. Churchill, Fleming, and Penicillin - Professor Buzzkill ...

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    There are lots of versions of the story about young Alexander saving young Winston’s life, and then, half-a-century later, Sir Alexander saving Prime Minister Churchill’s life again. But they all have one thing in common – there’s no evidence that either of these life-saving events ever happened.

  9. Winston Churchill and Alexander Fleming - Dont Give Up World

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    Jan 02, 2016 · Inspirational story : Winston Churchill and Alexander Fleming by Kapish Kaushal January 2, 2016, 4:20 am 446 Views 0 Comments It is our responsibility to create and contribute something to the world that has given us so much.

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