Obituary – Sir John Moreton, KCMG, KCVO, MC
Sir John Moreton died in October 2012, aged 94. He fought with the Royal Artillery at Kohima where he won a Military Cross, and attended the annual Kohima Remembrance Service regularly until about six years ago.
On leaving the Army in 1945 Sir John first went into teaching, but in 1948 joined the Colonial Office, later transferring to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he remained until he retired. During a long and distinguished career as a diplomat he was appointed Ambassador to Vietnam and High Commissioner to Malta, while his last two appointments were in America, as Deputy Permanent Representative to the UK Mission to the United Nations and then Deputy to the Ambassador to the United States.
His decorations testify the success of a career spent in the service of his sovereign. He was clearly a shrewd and capable diplomat for whom loyalty and devotion to his country were second nature. He leaves a widow and three daughters.
I first had the privilege of meeting Sir John several years ago at a Kohima Reunion in York. He became firm friends with both me and my wife, and subsequently stayed with us on two occasions for the annual service which commemorates Kohima and the veterans of the battle.
He was always a delightful guest, courteous to a tee, beautifully mannered and fascinating to listen to if you could get him to talk about his experience of the world and the part he had played in keeping it secure during a long life as a soldier and a diplomat. It will always remain an enormous privilege to have known him, albeit only towards the end of his life. There will doubtless be countless others who will regret the passing of such a fine man.
Sir John left instructions that in lieu of flowers at his funeral, donations should be made to the Kohima Educational Trust. Many cheques have been received.
Major General (Retd) Murray Naylor
Chairman, KET 2003 - 2009
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