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Arms of the viscounts Montgomery of Alamein, as displayed on the 1st Viscount's Order of the Garter stall plate in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
The 1st Viscount's Garter banner on display in St Mary's, Warwick.

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, of Hindhead in the County of Surrey, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.

HistoryEdit

The viscountcy was created in 1946 for the military commander Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery,[1] commemorating his crucial victory in the Second Battle of El Alamein (23 October–3 November 1942) in the Egyptian town of that name, which sealed the fate of Rommel's famed Afrika Korps.

As of 2011, the title is held by his son, David Montgomery, the second Viscount, who succeeded in 1976. He lost his seat in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999. However, Lord Montgomery returned to the House of Lords in 2005 in an election of cross-bench hereditary peers, replacing the deceased Baroness Strange. He retired his seat on 23 July 2015, triggering a by-election.

Viscounts Montgomery (1946)Edit

The heir apparent is the present holder's son the Hon. Henry David Montgomery (b. 1954).

GenealogyEdit

Gallery of title holdersEdit

ArmsEdit

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

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NotesEdit

  1. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 37461, page 864, 8 February 1946
  2. ^ Full Monty, vol.1: Montgomery of Alamein, 1887-1942, Hamilton, N: London,Allen Lane, 2001 ISBN 0-7139-9334-0
  3. ^ the Peerage,com
  4. ^ Montgomery of Alamein, Viscount (UK, 1946) - website Cracroft's Peerage

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