Date of birth: 27th June 1905
Parents: Arthur and Emily Reader (nee Gray Bedford)
Address: 122 Emscote Road
Occupation: Shop Assistant at a Gent's Outfitters
Montague Reader was born on 27th June 1905 in Kettlebrook, Tamworth, Staffordshire. His parents were Arthur and Emily and he had a sister, Georgina, who was born in 1896. The family were still living at this address at the time of the 1911 census when his father was a pottery worker. He was working for George Skeys Co. which was a major employer in Tamworth at the time and was taken over by Doulton’s in 1936.
Georgina married Eric Webb and in 1939, Arthur, Emily and Montague were living with them at 122 Emscote Road. Montague is shown as a Shop Assistant and his father is a Midland Red Bus Cleaner. There was one other person living at the address but the record is redacted.
A memorial service for Montague was held at All Saints Church. He left his estate of £172 9s 7d to his father so Montague was probably single.
His father died in 1952 and his mother followed one year later in 1953. They were still living in Warwick at the time of their deaths.
Rank & Number: Private, 10550721
Regiment/Service: Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Date of death: 12th June 1941
Cause of death/Battle: Killed by enemy action on the South Coast
Commemorated/Buried: Buried in Portsdown (Christ Church) Military Cemetery, Hampshire. Row N Grave 192
Commemorated locally at: All Saints Church, Emscote
Montague was only seven weeks into his military training when he was killed by enemy action on the South Coast, where he was stationed.
He is buried in Portsdown (Christ Church) Military Cemetery, Hampshire.
- Unlocking Warwick Research Group
- Warwick Advertiser excerpts courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office