David Montgomery, 2nd Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
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The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
|Member of the House of Lords|
24 March 1976 – 11 November 1999
(as Hereditary Peer)
|Preceded by||Bernard Montgomery|
|Succeeded by||Position Abolished due to House of Lords Act 1999|
28 June 2005 – 23 July 2015
(as Elected Hereditary Peer)
|Preceded by||The Baroness Strange|
|Succeeded by||The Baron Trevethin|
|Born||18 August 1928|
|Political party||Conservative (first time)|
Crossbencher (second time)
|Relations||Bernard Montgomery (father)|
Early life and education
Montgomery is the son of the World War II field marshal, Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein. David attended Winchester College from May 1942 onwards, and his father, posted abroad from the middle of the year, arranged for his time in school holidays to be divided between his prep school headmaster Mr Reynolds and Jocelyn, wife of David's half-brother John Carver (one of two sons from David's mother's previous marriage), as well as strict instructions that "on no account" was the boy to visit his aged grandmother, whom Bernard detested, in County Donegal. Montgomery gained an engineering degree at Trinity College, Cambridge.
Montgomery entered business, working for Yardley and several other companies, building close links with Latin America. He has served as a patron and chairman of various Anglo-Latin American organisations, including the Anglo-Argentine Society, Canning House and the Hispanic and Luso Brazilian Council. He succeeded in the viscountcy following his father's death in 1976 and originally sat as a Conservative in the House of Lords until 1999, when he and most other hereditary peers were removed from the House under the House of Lords Act 1999. He was returned to the Lords as a crossbencher in an election of hereditary cross-bench peers in 2005, following the death of Baroness Strange.
He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1975 and a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 2000. He has also received decorations from Germany, Belgium, Spain, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia. He co-wrote The Lonely Leader: Monty 1944–45 with Alistair Horne about his father in 1994 which documented his own early life as well as his father's.
In 1953, Montgomery married Mary Connell, divorcing in 1967 after having a son and a daughter:
- The Hon. Henry David Montgomery (born 2 April 1954), heir apparent to the viscountcy
- The Hon. Arabella Clare Montgomery (born 21 November 1956)
He then married Tessa Browning, daughter of Daphne du Maurier and Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick Browning, a close colleague of his father. Viscount Montgomery became Patron of Freedom Flame UK, in May 2014 in recognition of the lighting of a Torch of Unity at the D Day stone, Southsea by his father Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, on 13 September 1948.
- Peter W. Hammond, ed. (1998). The Complete Peerage or a History of the House of Lords and All its Members From the Earliest Times, Volume XIV: Addenda & Corrigenda. Stroud, Gloucestershire, U.K.: Sutton Publishing. p. 775.
- Hamilton 1981, p561-2
- Montgomery of Alamein, Viscount (UK, 1946) Archived 22 July 2012 at Archive.today – website Cracroft's Peerage
- Montgomery of Alamein, Viscount (UK, 1946) – website Cracroft's Peerage
- Hamilton, Nigel (1981). Monty: The Making of a General. London, UK: Hamish Hamilton Ltd. ISBN 0-241-10583-8.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
Bernard Law Montgomery
| Viscount Montgomery of Alamein