Maud (Farrar) Montgomery mother to Field-Marshall Montgomery

Discussion in 'The Women of WW2' started by 7mark, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. 7mark

    7mark Active Member

    First half letter to Lady Montgomery from the field marshal, photographed in IWM, I'm afraid the last 4 pages were blurred

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  2. 7mark

    7mark Active Member

    Quick update, my grandmothers younger sister says my granny worked in the house as a live in cook when she was a teenager, so probably late 30's early 40's, she said Lady Montgomery was a very vocal singer and played the organ in the local church
     
  3. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce

    I have just purchased a second-hand 1958 copy of "The Memoirs of Field-Marshal The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein K.G.". It mentions briefly his childhood with his mother and his marriage. When I have had a quick read of it I will comment here if anyone is interested!

    Lesley
     
  4. Cee

    Cee Senior Member Patron

    I have just purchased a second-hand 1958 copy of "The Memoirs of Field-Marshal The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein K.G.". It mentions briefly his childhood with his mother and his marriage. When I have had a quick read of it I will comment here if anyone is interested!

    Lesley

    If anyone is interested it is available online as an ebook in various formats:

    THE MEMOIRS OF FIELD - MARSHAL THE VISCOUNT MONTGOMERY OF ALAMEIN , K,G

    Cheers
     
  5. CornwallPhil

    CornwallPhil Senior Member

    Maud Montgomery 1945.jpg
    Maud Montgomery in 1945

    Maud Montgomery home.jpg
    Her home in Moville.
     
  6. 7mark

    7mark Active Member

    I took a run down to Mauds home today, its in a very sad state, also visited her and her husbands final resting place, pictures below:

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  7. david.stringer

    david.stringer Junior Member

    My Grandmother Blamed Bernard Montgomery Mother for this very kind man's Inability to put his great achivements to oneside & develope his family ties after the war. I would like to add that the British Army did not provide the appropiate rehabilitation services after the 2nd wourld war. This is why he was became so cold even to those who loved him so much. David S.
     
  8. 7mark

    7mark Active Member

    Just updating photos i took back in 2012 of the Field Marshals mother and fathers grave and their house

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  9. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    You're not wrong there.
    I wonder who owns it now.

    As an aside, can anybody tell me whether Brian Montgomery's A Field Marshal in the Family is a good read?
    Is it exclusively about his family life or do we get much about his own military service?
     
  10. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    A pity about the house, but I am not very surprised. When I was in London I saw some magnificent houses in Belsize Park and nearby that were going to wrack and ruin. I guess the money to maintain and run big houses of that kind simply isn't there anymore.

    I haven't read Brian's book, but it must be interesting. From what I have heard, Monty's relationship with his son was a difficult one.
     
  11. CornwallPhil

    CornwallPhil Senior Member

    Sorry to see the house in such a state. I hope someone is able to do it up and put it to good use. Thanks for sharing the photos.
    Have attached a scan of the cover of Maud Montgomery's autobiographical booklet.
     

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  12. ww2ni

    ww2ni Senior Member

    I have something of a mystery which I suspect is directly linked to Montgomery at Moville.

    There is a GEORGE MONTGOMERY named on the War Memorial in Dungannon and it is interesting to see that he was a Private in the United States Army!

    It is surprising to see a US Soldier named on a UK War Memorial so I did some searching and found the following :-

    George Montgomery is named on U.S. Army records as being from the Irish Free State and he enlisted in the US Army at New York City on 31st January 1941 (Before Pearl Harbour).
    He served with 165 Infantry, 27 Infantry Division and died on Makin Island in the Pacific which is now part of the Gilbert Islands, on 21st November 1943.

    He had given his Occupation as Driver and the US Army have his death recorded as "Died non Battle" however I have seen a photograph of a Montgomery family headstone which refers to him being "Killed in Action" at Makin Island, USA"

    He is mentioned at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.

    Is George Montgomery named on a family Headstone in Moville??

    Do you know if he is a relative of Field Marshall Montgomery??

    Any help would be very much appreciated.

    Andy
     
  13. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    Don't make too much out of this, Churchill didn't go to Monty's funeral either.
     
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