2nd Lieutenant Matthew Montgomery

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Matthew Montgomery

Matthew Montgomery was born on the 24th June 1883 in Eaglesham, Renfrewshire. He was the son of Robert and Helen Montgomery of Crumyards, Neilston, Renfrewshire.

By the time of the 1901 Census, Matthew was employed as a ‘Pupil Teacher’. Pupil Teachers were boys or girls of at least 13 years of age, who were indentured and paid to teach younger children throughout the school day and received their own lessons from the school teacher before or after school hours. These lessons were intended to prepare them for progression to teacher training college.

Matthew subsequently enrolled for a two-year course of teacher training at the Glasgow Church of Scotland Training College, forerunner of the Glasgow Provincial Training College (later known as Jordanhill College of Education, now the University of Strathclyde). He completed this in July 1906, and went on to graduate MA from the University of Glasgow in 1908. Matthew became an assistant master at Neilston Primary School, where he taught from 1907-1916, and lived with his wife, Edith Winifred, at 2 Millview Terrace, Neilston.

During the war, Matthew served with the 6th battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and the 6th battalion Seaforth Highlanders, before being commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant with the 5th Seaforth Highlanders. He was killed, aged 35, on the 20th July 1918, the first day of the Battle of the Tardenois, one of the Battles of the Marne. Second Lieutenant Matthew Montgomery is buried in the St Imoges Churchyard cemetery, some 10 miles south of Reims in northern France. He is commemorated on a bronze plaque in Neilston Primary School, erected to him by his many friends within the local community, and on the Glasgow Provincial Training College war memorial, located in the David Stow Building on the former Jordanhill Campus. 2nd Lieutenant Montgomery is also featured on The Scottish War Memorials Project forum website.


2nd Lieutenant Matthew Montgomery
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 5th Seaforth Highlanders
Degree: MA
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 20th July 1918
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/1152
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/192


View Commonwealth War Graves Commission record

2nd Lieutenant Montgomery is also featured on The Scottish Military Research Group website, and includes images of his memorial plaque, which depicts his image.

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