David Montgomery, 2nd Viscount Montgomery of Alamein

David Bernard Montgomery, 2nd Viscount Montgomery of Alamein CMG CBE (18 August 1928 – 8 January 2020) was a British politician and businessman.

The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein

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Member of the House of Lords
In office
24 March 1976 – 11 November 1999
(as Hereditary Peer)
Preceded byBernard Montgomery
Succeeded byPosition Abolished due to House of Lords Act 1999
In office
28 June 2005 – 23 July 2015
(as Elected Hereditary Peer)
Preceded byThe Baroness Strange
Succeeded byThe Baron Trevethin
Personal details
Born(1928-08-18)18 August 1928
Died8 January 2020(2020-01-08) (aged 91)
Political partyConservative (first time)
Crossbencher (second time)
RelationsBernard Montgomery (father)
ProfessionPolitician, businessman

Early life and educationEdit

Montgomery was the son of the World War II field marshal, Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein.[1] 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 and great family friends, Major Thomas Reynolds and Mrs. Phyllis 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.[2] Montgomery gained an engineering degree at Trinity College, Cambridge.[1]


Montgomery entered business, working for Yardley and several other companies, building close links with Latin America. He 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[1] 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 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.

The 2nd Viscount (right) receiving the Canning Medal from William Hague in 2013

Personal lifeEdit

In 1953, Montgomery married Mary Connell, divorcing in 1967 after having a son and a daughter:[3]


  • Henry David Montgomery, 3rd Viscount Montgomery of Alamein (2 April 1954) he married Caroline Jane Odey on 21 June 1980. They have three daughters:
    • The Honorable Alexa Maud Montgomery (30 August 1984)
    • The Honorable Flora Veronica Montgomery (4 May 1988)
    • The Honorable Phoebe Matilda Montgomery (4 Febuary 1990)
  • The Honorable Arabella Clare Montgomery (born 21 November 1956) she married Sir Jeremy Stuart-Smith on 25 September 1982. They have five children:
    • Emma Stuart-Smith (6 October 1984)
    • Laura Stuart-Smith (1986-1987)
    • Edward Murray Stuart-Smith (6 May 1988)
    • Samuel Nicholas Stuart-Smith (6 December 1990)
    • Luke David Stuart-Smith (19 January 1993)

He then married Tessa Browning, daughter of Daphne du Maurier and Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick Browning, a close colleague of his father.[1] 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.[4]

He died on 8 January 2020 at the age of 91.[5]


Coat of arms of David Montgomery, 2nd Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
A Coronet of a Viscount
Issuant from a Crescent Argent an Arm embowed in Armour the hand grasping a broken Tilting Spear in bend sinister the Head pendent proper
Azure two Lions passant guardant between three Fleurs-de-lis two in chief and one in base and two Trefoils in fess all Or
Dexter: a Knight in Chain Armour and Surcoat resting his exterior hand on his sword; Sinister: a Soldier in Battle Dress all proper
Gardez Bien (Guard well)



  1. ^ a b c d 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.
  2. ^ Hamilton 1981, p561-2
  3. ^ Montgomery of Alamein, Viscount (UK, 1946) Archived 22 July 2012 at Archive.today – website Cracroft's Peerage
  4. ^ http://www.montgomeryflame.co.uk
  5. ^ Montgomery
  6. ^ 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.

External linksEdit

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Bernard Law Montgomery
Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
Succeeded by
Henry David Montgomery