WWII Hero Gay, Says UK Biographer
Blade, March 2, 2001
By Will O'Bryan
BRITAIN World War II hero Field Marshal Bernard
"Monty" Montgomery was a repressed homosexual, according to a soon
to be published book, The Full Monty, written by his official biographer and
longtime friend, Nigel Hamilton, the Guardian newspaper reported.
"These were quasi love affairs," Hamilton told the Guardian
regarding his perception of Montgomerys sexual orientation. "He became
really passionately involved with these young men and then, more and more,
boys, who he would call my sons. They were nothing of the kind, of course, but
in his own personality he would frame them in this way. I myself have more
than 100 very loving letters from him. My relationship with him wasnt
sexual, in the sense that it wasnt acted upon, but I had been through
enough years at British boarding schools to know what kind of enormous
affection and feeling he had for me. And I wasnt alone. This was a
consistent pattern in Montys life."
Ironically, perhaps, Montgomery, while serving in the House of Lords,
argued in favor of maintaining laws against "buggery," during a 1967
Hamilton told the Guardian that Montgomerys fierce opposition to
legalizing sex between men suggested "the law had been an essential
crutch in his struggle with his own homosexual feelings."