Friday, 18 August 2017

Scout leader whose cooking was legendary

FRED MORTON was born in 1927 and lived virtually all his life in Henley.

He was one of seven children, of whom his brother Victor and sisters Gertie and Sheila survive. The other three were Margaret, Gerald and Stella.

His parents Wallace and Clara Morton lived in Greys Road. Fred attended Henley National School in Deanfield Avenue, where The Henley College’s Deanfield campus now stands.He was conscripted into the army in 1945 and was briefly in the Welsh Fusiliers before transferring to the Army Catering Corps.

He served during the British occupation of post-war Germany from 1945 to 1949 and rose to the rank of staff sergeant. He ran a number of cook houses around the occupied zone that fed British troops. During this time he had a relationship with a German woman but she died of cancer. He was heartbroken and chose to remain single for the rest of his life.

Mr Morton left the army in about 1952 and moved to Crisp Road in Henley, where he would live until his death.He joined the 1st Henley scouts soon after meeting its leader Jimmy Collins and founder Capt Phil Sutton. He was appointed its new leader when Mr Collins died a few years later.

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