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Montague Grahame-White

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April 1940.

Montague Reginald Grahame-White (1877-1961), racing driver,

1877 Born the son of John Reginald Grahame-White

1881 Living at The Towers, Hound, Hants; John White (age 33 born Southampton), living on Income from Houses. With his wife Ada B. White (age 26 born London) and their children Beatrice White (age 4 born Southampton), Montague White (age 3 born Hound, Hants), and Claud White (age 1 born Hound, Hants). Plus four servants. [1]

1891 Living at 63 Linden Gardens, Kensington: Ellen Chinnock (age 72 born Berkshire), a Widower. With her son-in-law John White (age 42 born Southampton), a Cement Manufacturer. With his wife Ada Beatrice White (age 32 born London) and their children Beatrice Ely G. White (age 14 born Southampton), Montague R. G. White (age 13 born Burlesdon, Hants), and Claude G. White (age 11 born Burlesdon, Hants). One servant.[2]

Married Annie Louise Morris-Watkins. 'Lieutenant and Commander MONTAGUE GRAHAME-WHITE, R.N.V.R., eldest son of the late John Grahame-White, of Bursledon Towers, Hants, and Mrs. Grahame-White, of Fairholme, Faygate, Sussex, was married on July 1st, at St. Mary's Church, Hook, Hants, to ANNIE LOUISE, daughter of the late Charles MORRIS-WATKINS, of the Bank of England.'

1898 Joined Daimler

1898 Taught to drive a car by Ben Burbidge.[3]

1904 'GRAHAM-WHITE, Montagu, A.C.G.B. & I., 119, Piccadilly, London, W.; c/o. King, Hamilton & Co., Calcutta. Cars: 7-h.p. and 40-h.p. Panhards, 90-h.p. Mors. Has driven approximately 50 miles per week since March, 1896. Hobby: Yachting. Owned the first and only 2-cylinder Bollee car which was ever imported into England. Joined the Daimler Company in 1898. Drove a Wolseley car in the 1902 Paris-Vienna race. Gave the late Count Zborowski some of his first lessons in motor driving at Coventry. Owned the first 4-cylinder petrol launch put on the Thames (1898)?. Owns the "MiLadye" — one of the fastest pleasure steam launches on the Thames, and has experimented extensively with petrol engines and triple-expansion steam-engined launches on the Thames. Is having built for the Cowes week a 45-ton, twin-screw launch, with two 6-cylinder, 90-h.p. engines. Was the first to introduce large cars into India at the Delhi Durbar, where he acted as A.D.C. to the Maharajah of Cooch Behar. Clubs: Royal Temple Yacht, Yacht (Bombay), Old Bedfordians', A.C.G.B.&I.'[4]

1918 Married Annie Louise Waters

1943 Theft of his sporting trophies from his home at Mill House, Marlowe. Later found buried in the garden.[5]

1944 Letter to The Times newspaper concerning 'Rule of the Road' addressed from the Guild of Master Motorists.[6]

1961 Obituary. Founder of the Automobile Club and of the Guild of Master Motorists. Former secretary of the Circle of 19th Century Motorists. A keen yachtsman and wrote 'At the Wheel, Ashore and Afloat'. [7]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 Census
  2. 1891 Census
  3. Hastings and St Leonards Observer - Saturday 30 April 1910
  4. Motoring Annual and Motorist’s Year Book 1904
  5. Nottingham Evening Post - Saturday 06 March 1943
  6. The Times, Friday, Oct 27, 1944
  7. The Times, Tuesday, Jul 25, 1961