Elizabeth Carver

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Elizabeth Carver (née Hobart; died 19 October 1937) was the wife of Bernard Montgomery, who later became Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein.

Early life and marriage

Hobart was the daughter of Robert Thompson Hobart of Tunbridge Wells and the Indian Civil Service . Her brother was Percy Hobart KBE who joined the British Army as an engineer and subsequently rose to the rank of Major-General.

She married Oswald Carver in 1911. Carver had rowed in the 1908 Boat Race for Cambridge and won bronze medal rowing at the 1908 Summer Olympics. The family lived at The Hollies in Marple where Carver was in business in the cotton trade. Carver died of wounds at Gallipoli in June 1915. Elizabeth Carver married Major Montgomery in 1927.


In 1937, Elizabeth was bitten by an insect while on holiday in Burnham-on-Sea. The bite became infected and she died on 19 October from septicaemia following an amputation. The loss devastated the then Brigadier Montgomery, but he insisted on throwing himself back into his work immediately after the funeral.


Elizabeth had two sons by her first marriage. John Hobart Carver was the father of Martin Carver, professor of archaeology at the University of York. Richard Oswald Hobart Carver made an epic escape as a prisoner of war during the second world war. Her son by her second marriage, David Montgomery, 2nd Viscount......
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