Loan of new silver items relating to Field Marshal Montgomery
The museum has been lucky to have a new loan of silver items relating to Field Marshal Montgomery and his time with the regiment.
The silver includes an impressive Grant tank that used to sit on Monty's dining room table. Monty used a Grant tank at the battle of El Alamein. The tank has a strong connection to Warwickshire. It was presented to Monty with a scroll inside giving him the Freedom of the town of Royal Leamington Spa. The wooden base is made from the timber of an oak framed building that was destroyed by enemy bombing in Coventry in 1940. The bronze metal was salvaged from the battlefield of El Alamein.
These silver objects are now on display for visitors to enjoy. They compliment the many other objects in the museum that tell the story of Monty, one of the regiments' famous sons.
Monty had a long connection with the Regiment. He was commissioned into the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in 1908 and went on to serve with them in the First World War where he was seriously wounded, promoted and awarded a medal - the Distinguished Service Order for gallant leadership. In the 1930's he became commanding officer of the 1st Battalion before becoming Colonel of the Regiment (1947 - 1963).
On loan from the Viscount Montgomery Will Trust.