Wilfred F Moreton MBE (OH 1935-1942)
01/07/2006
Wilfred was the first of four children of the Reverend Canon & Mrs Moreton.

When Canon Moreton was appointed a residentiary canon at Hereford Cathedral, his family took up residence within the cathedral precinct.

Thus young Wilfred joined the school in 1938 as a pupil, later serving his country overseas as a Captain in India during W W II.

After the war he entered the teaching profession and, on qualifying joined Normanton Grammar School near Wakefield, where he remained for the rest of his career, latterly becoming Deputy Head. He was responsible for introducing rugby into the school, which brought successes for NGS at many local fixtures including winning the Schools Sevens Trophy one year.

Wilfred's main achievement in life however was bell-ringing, of which he was an accomplished teacher and brilliant conductor. He held the record for conducting multi-method peals on six, eight and ten tower bells as well as hand-bells. He went on to form a residential course for 240 ringers at the College for the Blind in Hereford and, even when he became seriously ill with MS, continued his work there with the utmost enthusiasm. For these achievements he was eventually awarded an MBE for services to bell-ringing.

A tremendous supporter of the OH Club Wilfred always made a point of keeping in touch with his former school after leaving Herefordshire. Despite his declining health in recent years he still showed a continued interest in OH matters, often submitting articles and news items for The Herefordian magazine.

Wilfred died aged 86 and leaves a wife and two children and one brother Michael P. Moreton ( OH 1942 - 1949 )

His younger sisters had sadly pre-deceased him. Following his death, and In a special tribute to WFM, ringers from across the country rang peals lasting up to three-and-a-half hours each at various locations, including York Minster and Durham Cathedral as well as his home town of Wakefield.
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