Corporal Frederick Victor Montgomery


Frederick Victor Montgomery was born on 4 January 1890 at 60 Hanover Street, Belfast, the last of ten children of baker Hugh Montgomery and his wife Margaret (nee Hunter). In August 1907 he enlisted in the Royal Navy (No.366241), but was invalided out just five weeks later. By the time of the 1911 Census he was living at 19 Atlantic Avenue, Belfast, with his parents, three siblings, a brother-in-law and a niece, and working as a stockbroker's clerk. They moved to nearby 92 Gainsborough Drive soon after.

Montgomery enlisted in the North Irish Horse at Belfast on 25 August 1914 (No.1038). He stated that he worked in civilian life as a fitter.

Soon after, however, it was discovered that he was unwell, and on 28 September 1914 he was discharged as physically unfit for service at home or abroad (paragraph 154, Special Reserve Regulations). His military conduct was recorded as 'very good'.

Montgomery enlisted again, in the Royal Navy, on 29 December 1914 (No.202867). This time he stated that he was a motor mechanic. He served overseas from 8 July to 27 October 1915 before taking up a posting in the Royal Naval Air Service.

Montgomery remained with the RNAS in the UK, working as an air mechanic, until 1 April 1918, when the service was absorbed into the newly-formed Royal Air Force. There he was given the rank of corporal mechanic. On 22 February 1919 he was transferred to the RAF's G Reserve, and on 30 April 1920 he was discharged.

On 27 August 1921 Montgomery married Kathleen Davidson at Ekenhead Presbyterian Church, Belfast.

On 20 April 1939 he re-enlisted in Class E Reserve of the Royal Air Force and was given the rank of corporal.

Montgomery died at 6 Skegoneil Drive, Belfast, on 26 January 1943. He was buried in the City Cemetery.