Anzac Day: High Wycombe boy’s link to Sir Winston Churchill

Anzac Day: High Wycombe boy’s link to Sir Winston Churchill

DANIEL Botica has a family link to one of the world’s greatest wartime leaders, who is often called The British Bulldog for his grumpy reputation but affectionately known as Winnie.

Daniel’s great-great grandfather, Sergeant Herbert Horton, served as Sir Winston Churchill’s personal bodyguard.

The honour bestowed on the soldier came soon after he was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal for bravery during World War I.

Daniel (10), of High Wycombe, said he was proud of his family’s heritage.

“It’s special because you know it was an important job and it makes you feel proud,” he said.

“It’s very important to have this memory and to remember the Anzacs every year.”

His mother Helen said her great-grandfather also worked as a policeman and became a Metropolitan Police Inspector for Bristol and Bath. The Botica family treasure a London Gazette cutting about the tall and calm man with a gentle smile Helen remembers who called her “bonny lass”, the extract noting his “gallantry and devotion to duty”.

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