The last of the streets named after military leaders in 1904 was Gordon Street, named after one of Britain’s greatest generals, Charles Gordon. This Victorian hero is mainly remembered for his defence of Khartoum during a protracted siege which ultimately resulted in his death.
The naming of streets after “noted commanders” continued after World War Two when more subdivisions were created. When the first of these streets was created in 1949 it is hardly surprising that commanders and leaders from the war just ended should figure prominently. Churchill Avenue commemorates the inspirational British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill.
MONTGOMERY CRESCENT MONTGOMERY PLACE
Montgomery Place and later Montgomery Crescent recall the revered leader of the Eighth Army in North Africa, Viscount Montgomery.
When the Masterton Borough Council built a housing area off Montgomery Place in 1976 it was proposed to call it Anzac Place, but it was decided that it was more appropriate to name it after a battle more closely allied with Montgomery, and Alamein Court was chosen. Montgomery’s defeat of Rommel’s Afrika Korps at El Alamein proved to be the turning point of the war in North Africa.