Earl Roger aka E. Roger Montgomery was born 21 April 1894 in Hopkinton NH, son of Jerome & Eliza J. “Liza” (Dunbar) Montgomery. He had one sibling, William L. Montgomery. Earl Roger Montgomery grew up in the Contoocook section of Hopkinton and graduated from Hopkinton High School in 1910.
He was known as “Monty” when he attended New Hampshire College (now the University of New Hampshire). Earl was in the Class of 1914 receiving a degree in Arts & Science. According to his obituary, later he later took a special course in banking and commerce at the University of Pennsylvania.
In May of 1917 he joined the regular army and was placed in the Medical Department. The Boston Sunday Globe of June 23, 1918 states: “CONTOOCOOK NH June 22-The first young man from Hopkinton to give his life for his country was Earl Roger Montgomery, who was killed at North Charleston, S.C. by a dynamite explosion at an army camp. . .about three weeks ago he was sent to a new camp at North Charleston, where he had charge of making the site sanitary.”
His remains were returned to his native town, where he was buried with honors in his family’s plot in the Contoocook Village Cemetery. His name can be found below his parent’s names on the stone: “CORPL. EARL ROGER MONTGOMERY, VOL. U.S. ARMY, KILLED June 18, 1918. AE. 24 YRS.
The American Legion Post in Contoocook, the E. Roger Montgomery Post 81, is named after him. Earl Roger Montgomery’s name can be found inscribed upon the memorial tablets in Doric Hall of the New Hampshire State House, Concord. There is a WW1 monument in Hopkinton, New Hampshire at Hopkinton Road and Main Street, and Earl R. Montgomery’s name is also inscribed there.
[Editor’s Note: this story is part of an on-going series about heroic New Hampshire men and women of World War I. Look here for the entire listing].