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Date of Birth
Date of Death
24 Aug 1916
War time / or Pre War occupation
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World War I Address
Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
Gunner Montague George Fountain, 132456, Royal Field Artillery, was killed in action on the Somme on August 24th, 1916, less than a fortnight after arriving in France.
He was aged 32 and had joined the R.F.A. at Biscot Camp in March 1916. He was billeted there for some time, and after four months training was drafted to France.
Gunner Fountain was born in Markyate in 1884, a son of William and Emily Fountain. In 1901 he was living with relatives in Wellington Street, Luton, and in 1904 he married Kate Mardle (Mardell in some records) and they had three children - Ivy (born 1905), Harold (born 1909) and Elsie (born 1915).
Prior to enlistment Montague was employed as a shop assistant by Webdale's in Wellington Street. The family was living at 52 St Saviour's Crescent, Luton.