Other names: Montague George Teck
Locations in this story: Stalbridge, DorsetMesopotamiaBasra War Cemetery, Basra, IraqAshley Avenue, Weston Bath, Bath, SomersetSt. Peter's Church, ShaftesburyHoly Trinity Church, ShaftesburyShaftesbury, DorsetDagshai, IndiaDorchester
Story: Montague George Teck Durston was born in 1893 in Stalbridge, Dorset, and baptised there on 6th August, 1893. He was the son of Henry (Harry) Meredith Durston, a station master, and Elizabeth Annie Durston (nee Tite). The spelling of the surname varies between "Derston" and "Durston" in official documents. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a bank clerk and living at 8 Ashley Avenue, Weston Bath, Bath, Somerset. He enlisted in Dorchester as a Private in the 1st/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 2382). He gave 15 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, as his residence on enlistment. He served in India (during which time he joined the Freemasons in Dagshai, India, on 2 Jun 1915) and was then posted on to Mesopotamia where he died on 23rd May 1916 and was buried at Basra War Cemetery, Basra, Iraq (grave id. IV.R.2). He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.