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Maurice Crighton was born in
Influenced by books that portrayed the
Maurice won a scholarship to Cambridge university but before he could take it up he was called up for national service, became an army education officer, and was posted to Germany. In his own words “The commanding officer summoned me to his office and told me he didn’t believe in education for the troops, so I could have an office with my name on the door, but there would be no classes. I spent nine months cycling round the countryside and learning German”.
When he eventually got to
Later Maurice moved to
Maurice’s last job was Principal of
Maurice joined the Labour Party, and then in 2003 returned to the Communist Party. His main commitment during his last few years, until his final illness put an end to it, was to lead the Redhill & Reigate Stop the War Coalition. He showed great ability at working harmoniously among peace activists with differing political standpoints. Maurice died in 2009.
Sourced from the brief memoir that Maurice wrote for his own funeral and from David’s personal knowledge