Chiswick’s greatest wartime claim to fame

The biggest name to come from Chiswick, who played a major role in World War Two was Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, (1887-1976), later Viscount Montgomery of Alamein.

According to the late Chiswick historian Gill Clegg, he spent part of his childhood at 19 Bolton Road, Grove Park. He obtained a commission in the regular army before the outbreak of World War I. At the age of 40 he married the widowed artist Betty Carver, who lived on Chiswick Mall, in St Nicholas Church. Betty was the sister of the future Second World War commander, Major General Sir Percy Hobart.

Following their marriage, Montgomery was posted to India, where their son David was born and where Betty died from a mysterious illness.

During World War II Winston Churchill appointed Montgomery the general commanding the Eighth Army in Egypt. The Battle of Alamein was the first of his many victories. He was promoted to the rank of Field Marshall and became a popular hero. Like Madonna or Prince, Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO, PC, DL, was so well known, he went by just the one name: Monty.

Painting above: Reginald Henry Lewis (1894–1973), Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum

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See also: Lotte Moore, Memoir of a World War II Childhood