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School teacher Maurice Tuffin and his WWII exploirts remembered

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

missed:   Maurice Tuffin, pictured left, in 1998.

missed: Maurice Tuffin, pictured left, in 1998.

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SCHOOLMASTER Maurice Tuffin's days in counter espionage as well as in the classroom were recalled before his burial in Stroud yesterday.

Mr Tuffin, 96, who taught at Maidenhill in Stonehouse for around a quarter of a century, lived in Amberley for almost 50 years, mourners at the village's Holy Trinity Parish Church were reminded.

The funeral for Mr Tuffin, who died on October 21, had taken place on Tuesday in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, where he'd moved to live, the congregation were told.

The worship, including communion, was therefore a celebration of his life, assistant minister the Rev Ann Morris said.

Born in Winchester in 1916, Mr Tuffin had memories of the First World War, his son Robert said.

He added: "He remembered the two minutes silence for the first Armistice Day."

The family moved to Bournemouth, where Mr Tuffin was educated and did well in English and French, when a pen pal in France "changed his life", said his son.

After exchange visits abroad Mr Tuffin read French with English at Bristol University, graduated in 1938 but then in 1939, at the outbreak of war, joined the military police.

His experience of French took him into intelligence, deep into enemy territory, and Mr Tuffin worked in counter espionage before he was demobbed in 1946.

A long marriage to Molly, who pre-deceased him, three children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild followed before Mr Tuffin taught briefly at Stroud High School and Sir Thomas Rich's in Gloucester before moving to the then newly-built Maidenhill.

Nicknamed after fictional detective Maigret, because of his French and the pipe he smoked, Mr Tuffin retired in the late 1970s.

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