Hounslow And District History Society Meeting

Cllr Robert Oulds on his book about Montgomery

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Montgomery and the First War on Terror is the subject of the meeting of the Hounslow and District History Society at the United Reformed Church Hall, Chapel Road, Hounslow on Tuesday 29 th October 2013 at 8pm.

The lecturer is Councillor Robert Oulds, whose grandfather fought in the Second World War with Field Marshal Montgomery at El Alamein. He has written another book, apart from the one with the same title as the talk, Knife Edge and the Battle of the Bulge. Councillor Oulds (Chiswick Homefields) is the Standard Bearer and Treasurer of the Chiswick Branch of the Royal British Legion.

Cllr Oulds

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, having spent part of his childhood in Grove Park, Chiswick married the widowed artist Betty Carver in St. Nicholas Church. In WWII, Churchill appointed Montgomery as the general of the Eighth Army in Egypt. The Battle of El Alamein was the first of his many victories. A popular hero, in 1945 he was awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Brentford and Chiswick in the former Chiswick Empire.

Councillor Oulds will explain how Montgomery’s experiences in guerrilla warfare have lessons for us today and his hidden role in the Battle of the Bulge. He will cover aspects of Montgomery’s life, ranging from the personal to aspects previously overlooked by military historians.

Many people may be unaware of Viscount Montgomery’s connections with the Borough of which Councillor Oulds would like to see him granted the freedom. The lecture will reveal fascinating insights. Everyone is welcome.

October 23, 2013