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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: William Edward Montague

Author: William Edward Montague (1838–1905)

Biography: William Edward Montague was born on 20 January 1838 in Gloucester. His early life cannot be traced but he joined the army in 1860 and served in the 94th Regiment of Foot (later the Conaught Rangers) as a captain, major, and colonel before retiring in 1887 as a major-general. He saw action in the Zulu War (1879) and the first Anglo-Boer War (1880–1881) where he led the defense of Standerton. While still stationed in England, he wrote a well-received novel Claude Meadowleigh: Artist (1874). Later, he wrote a memoir of his military service Campaigning in South Africa (1880). In 1865, he married Alice Lumsden Mitchell and the couple had two daughters. He died on 5 June 1905 in Ilfracombe.

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References: Army and Navy Gazette (10 June 1905); British Census (1871, 1891); Probate

Fiction Titles:

  1. Claude Meadowleigh: Artist.  3 vol.  London: Hurst and Blackett, 1874.