Harry Richard Thomas Willats, Aka DICK MONTAGUE – 52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks – Week 51, Part 2

Welcome back to the life of Harry Richard Thomas Willats, also known as our One Any Only

🎭Dick Montague🎭

Last week I told you all about his life as Harry, this week we travel back in time and see a snippet of his life as Dick Montague, through the tabloids.
It may be a little long winded due to the amount of coverage in the News papers so I’ll keep it as short as possible with only the basic information of the date and name of the Newspaper.
Firstly here’s a little recap into his life.

Harry Richard Thomas Willats, was born 4 march 1901 in islington and was a comedian. He was Known by the name

🎭Dick Montague🎭

His first Stage appearance was April 1904 at the, Mildmay Radical club, Skoke Newington.
His first professional London appearance was November 1913 at the Olympia theatre, Shoreditch.
Although starting a career with a comic song ‘Has anyone seen a poodle dog’ Dick  Montague has been props, stag carpenter, scenic artist, hotel manager, stage manager and touring manager, but invariably combining comedy part. He starred in over 30 revues, 35 pantomimes and variety and produced touring shows. Dick Montague retired from the stage but returned to touring revue in 1948 and remained with the business until his dying day.
He married three time, first marriage was to Dorothea Gertrude Davies, Aka Cora Craven. His second marriage was to Theodosia Brimelow and his third marriage was to, Pauli’s Ada Renton. He had one child, a son whom he called Brett Herbert Montague Willats. You can read more about Harry’s life here.

Let’s get back to the task at hand, Dick Montague life through the tabloids.
Dick was mentioned in the following newspaper –

Harry Richard Thomas Willats, Newspaper Article.

The Western Times – 11 Feb 1802

Sherfield Daily Telegraph - 16 December 1920 - At Boston

Sherfield Daily Telegraph – 16 December 1920 – At Boston

The Stage Newspaper - 26 Feb 1923

The Stage Newspaper – 26 Feb 1923

23 May 1931 - Bexhill-on-Sea Observer - Bexhill

23 May 1931 – Bexhill-on-Sea Observer – Bexhill

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28 May 1931 – The Stage – London, London, England

20 May 1932 - Leamington Spa Courier - Leamington

20 May 1932 – Leamington Spa Courier – Leamington

30 December 1932 - The Era - London, London

30 December 1932 – The Era – London.

06 January 1933 – Bournemouth Graphic

14 January 1933 - Portsmouth Evening News

14 January 1933 – Portsmouth Evening News

11 January 1934 - The Stage - London

11 January 1934 – The Stage – London

03 July 1935 - Eastbourne Gazette - Eastbourne

03 July 1935 – Eastbourne Gazette – Eastbourne

31 July 1935 - Eastbourne Gazette - Eastbourne

31 July 1935 – Eastbourne Gazette – Eastbourne

03 August 1935 - Bexhill-on-Sea Observer - Bexhill

03 August 1935 – Bexhill-on-Sea Observer – Bexhill

07 August 1935 – Eastbourne Gazette – Eastbourne

14 August 1935 - Eastbourne Gazette - Eastbourne, Sussex, England

14 August 1935 – Eastbourne Gazette – Eastbourne, Sussex, England

21 August 1935 - Eastbourne Gazette - Eastbourne

21 August 1935 – Eastbourne Gazette – Eastbourne

11 September 1935 - Eastbourne Gazette

11 September 1935 – Eastbourne Gazette

31 October 1935 - The Stage - London

31 October 1935 – The Stage – London

2 January 1936 - The Stage - London, London

2 January 1936 – The Stage – London, London

08 May 1936 - Liverpool Echo - Liverpool, Lancashire

08 May 1936 – Liverpool Echo – Liverpool, Lancashire

31 January 1939 - Birmingham Mail - Birmingham

31 January 1939 – Birmingham Mail – Birmingham

03 March 1939 - Liverpool Echo - Liverpool, Lancashire

03 March 1939 – Liverpool Echo – Liverpool, Lancashire

10 March 1939 - Liverpool Evening Express

10 March 1939 – Liverpool Evening Express

15 March 1939 Hull Daily Mail - Hull, Yorkshire

15 March 1939 Hull Daily Mail – Hull, Yorkshire

18 March 1939 - Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough

18 March 1939 – Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough

18 March 1939 - Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail

18 March 1939 – Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail

11, 12 & 13 April 1939 - Manchester Evening News

11, 12 & 13 April 1939 – Manchester Evening News

18 April 1939 - Birmingham Mail - Birmingham, Warwickshire, England

18 April 1939 – Birmingham Mail – Birmingham, Warwickshire, England

18 April 1939 - Birmingham Daily Gazette - Birmingham

18 April 1939 – Birmingham Daily Gazette – Birmingham

18 May 1939 - Torbay Express and South Devon Echo - Torquay, Devon, England

18 May 1939 – Torbay Express and South Devon Echo – Torquay, Devon, England

26 May 1939 - Western Morning News - Plymouth

26 May 1939 – Western Morning News – Plymouth

04 July 1939 - Manchester Evening News - Manchester

04 July 1939 – Manchester Evening News – Manchester

05 July 1939 - Manchester Evening News

05 July 1939 – Manchester Evening News

06 July 1939 - The Stage - London

06 July 1939 – The Stage – London

18 July 1939 - Nottingham Journal - Nottingham

18 July 1939 – Nottingham Journal – Nottingham

18 July 1939 - Nottingham Evening Post - Nottingham

18 July 1939 – Nottingham Evening Post – Nottingham

20 July 1939 - Nottingham Journal

20 July 1939 – Nottingham Journal

25 August 1939 - Market Harborough Advertiser

25 August 1939 – Market Harborough Advertiser

31 August 1939 - Leicester Daily Mercury

31 August 1939 – Leicester Daily Mercury

30 September 1939 - Western Mail - Cardiff, Glamorgan

30 September 1939 – Western Mail – Cardiff, Glamorgan

17 October 1939 - Portsmouth Evening News

17 October 1939 – Portsmouth Evening News

17 October 1939 - Portsmouth Evening News 2

17 October 1939 – Portsmouth Evening News

26 October 1939 - Evening Despatch - Birmingham

26 October 1939 – Evening Despatch – Birmingham

31 October 1939 - Staffordshire Sentinel - Stoke

31 October 1939 – Staffordshire Sentinel – Stoke

10 November 1939 - Liverpool Echo - Liverpool

10 November 1939 – Liverpool Echo – Liverpool

16 November 1939 - Liverpool Evening Express

16th & 17th November 1939 – Liverpool Evening Express

3rd, 5th, 8th and 9th February 1940 - Sports Argus - Birmingham

3rd, 5th, 8th and 9th February 1940 – Sports Argus, Birmingham Daily Gazette, Evening Despatch and Birmingham Daily Gazette.

14 March 1940 - Liverpool Daily Post

14 March 1940 – Liverpool Daily Post

16 March 1940 - Liverpool Echo & Liverpool Evening Express - Liverpool

16 March 1940 – Liverpool Echo & Liverpool Evening Express – Liverpool

21 December 1940 - Chester Chronicle - Chester

21 December 1940 – Chester Chronicle – Chester

21 December 1940 - Cheshire Observer - Chester, Cheshire, England

21 December 1940 – Cheshire Observer – Chester, Cheshire, England

27 March 1941 - Lancashire Evening Post

27 March 1941 – Lancashire Evening Post

16 May 1941 - Liverpool Echo - Liverpool, Lancashire

16 May 1941 – Liverpool Echo – Liverpool, Lancashire

20 May 1941 - Liverpool Echo - Liverpool

20 May 1941 – Liverpool Echo – Liverpool

25 June 1941 - Gloucestershire Echo - Cheltenham

25 June 1941 – Gloucestershire Echo – Cheltenham

13 September 1941 - Sunderland Daily Echo

13 September 1941 – Sunderland Daily Echo

21 February 1942 - Liverpool Evening Express

21 February 1942 – Liverpool Evening Express

21 February 1942 - Liverpool Evening Express 2

21 February 1942 – Liverpool Evening Express

27 February 1942 - Liverpool Daily Post

27 February 1942 – Liverpool Daily Post

20 April 1942 - Evening Despatch - Birmingham

20 April 1942 – Evening Despatch – Birmingham

21 April 1942 - Evening Despatch - Birmingham

21 April 1942 – Evening Despatch – Birmingham

25 July 1942 - Burnley Express - Burnley, Lancashire

25 July 1942 – Burnley Express – Burnley, Lancashire

07 October 1943 - The Stage - London

07 October 1943 – The Stage – London

04 December 1943 - Lincolnshire Standard

04 December 1943 – Lincolnshire Standard

08 July 1944 - Burnley Express - Burnley, Lancashire, England

08 July 1944 – Burnley Express – Burnley, Lancashire, England

12 July 1944 - Burnley Express - Burnley, Lancashire

12 July 1944 – Burnley Express – Burnley, Lancashire

 

Dick, took a few years break away from the Music halls and became management at, The Peacock Hotel, Market Harborough, around 1944, leaving in November 1947 and returned to the stage.

I think we should take a little break also and commence tomorrow with the rest of Harrys life through the tabloids. Hopefully see you back here than,

Too-da-loo for now.

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