Other names: Montague
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetStreatham, SurreyWillesden, MiddlesexBrent, MiddlesexFrance & Flanders
Story: Montague Smith was born on 6 Jul 1889 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptised on 21 Nov 1889 at Holy Trinity Church the son of Harry and Mary Smith. He lived his early life at 7 Mustons Lane, Shaftesbury, one of eleven children in the family. He enlisted on 15 Jul 1907 and joined the 9th Lancers of Cavalry of the Line (Service No. 246) and later the 21st Lancers and served in South Africa. He was discharged to reserves on 14 Jul 1914 only to be almost immediately embodied on 15 Aug 1914 as a Shoeing Smith Corporal. (Service No. 41347). He transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) and joined the 2nd Machine Gun Squadron of the Royal Tank Corps on 27 Jun1916 and served in France. He was discharged on 14 Jul 1919 having completed the terms of his engagement. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. He had married Eva Annie Wooders at St. Anselem Church, Streatham, Surrey, on 9 Aug 1917. One child only is recorded. The 1939 Register shows him living at 86a Drayton Park, Willesden, Middlesex, working as a Bus Conductor. He died on 21 Nov 1966 in the Brent, Middlesex, Registry area.