‘An intellectual snob’: 1928–1940
In 1928, when he was seven, Montgomery started at Northwood preparatory school. This school had been founded in 1910 by Francis Terry, the third son of a Nottinghamshire clergyman. there were about 80 pupils, all but a handful of whom were day boys. The boarders lodged with Mr Terry and his wife, and those whose parents lived abroad often remained with the couple during the holidays. The boys came mostly from middle-class professional families, some of whom ran their own businesses. There were a few sons of traders. Because of the headmaster, the school was known locally as Terry’s.