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Maurice Fanshaw


Maurice Fanshaw born 20th February 18883. Clifton College Sept 1896 to 1902. Head boy 1900-1901. Attended Queen's College, Oxford. Played rugby for Clifton and Devon, cricket for Oxfordshire.

Fanny Ruth married his father Reginald Fanshawe, professor of Greek and Latin at Bristol University. Sometime between 1886 and 1891 she died.

During the 1891 census the Fanshawe family lived at 11 Hanbury Road, Clifton. They were.

Name Relation Age Occupation Where born
Reginald Fanshawe Head 36 Professor of Latin and Greek Lanchester, Durham
Arene Fanshawe Dau 10 Scholar Clifton, Glos
Maurice Fanshawe Son 8 Clifton, Glos
Wilfred Fanshawe Son 7 Clifton, Glos
Gordon Fanshawe Son 5 Clifton, Glos
Francis C. Fanshawe Sister 45 Lanchester, Durham
Eliza Lock Serv 32 Cook Appledore, Devon
Agnes Boucher Serv 22 Nurse East Coker, Somerset


Above 11 Hanbury Road, Clifton.

During the 1901 census the Fanshawe family were living at 53 Canynge Road, Clifton. It faces Clifton Colleges Junior Rugby Ground "New Field". They were

Name Relation Age Occupation Where born
Clara B. Fanshawe Head 48 Scotland
Irene Fanshawe Dau 20 Student Clifton, Bristol
Maurice Fanshawe Son 18 Schoolboy Student Clifton, Bristol
Wilfred Fanshawe Son 17 Schoolboy Student Clifton, Bristol
Gordon Fanshawe Son 15 Schoolboy Student Clifton, Bristol
Lily Toogood Serv 26 Cook Clifton, Bristol
Nellie Horn Serv 25 Parlourmaid Scotland
Mary A. Stott Serv 20 Housemaid Scotland
Agnes F. M. Toogood Serv 18 Kitchenmaid Clifton, Bristol

Above 53 Canynge Road, Clifton.

Above left Maurice Fanshawe in the 1902 Clifton College Cricket XI. Above right his brother Wilfred from the same team photo.

On June 9th 1915 it was announced in The Times, Maurice Fanshawe's marriage to May only daughter of the Rev.W.K. and Mrs Stride, of the Parsonage, Boarshill would take place early in August very quietly owing to the war. The Fanshawe family were living at Boarshill, Oxford.

Fanshawe was involved in writing the following

Wheeler-Bennett, John Wheeler, Sir, and Maurice Fanshawe. Information on the World Court, 1918-1928. London: G. Allen & Unwin, 1929.
Fanshawe, Maurice. Reconstruction: Five Years of Work by the League of Nations . London: G. Allen & Unwin, 1925.
Fanshawe, Maurice. Survey of Four Years' Work by the League of Nations, 1920-1923 . London: League of Nations Union, 1923.
Fanshawe, Maurice. World Disarmament: A Handbook on the Reduction and Limitation of Armaments. London: League of Nations Union, 1931.
Fanshawe, Maurice, and Carlile Aylmer Macartney. What the League Has Done, 1920-1936 . 9th ed. London: League of Nations Union, 1933.

Director Reports and Intelligence, League of Nations 1922-1943.

The Times announced the death of Maurice Fanshawe on July 17 1956

FANSHAWE.- On July 15 1956, peacefully, so dearly beloved husband of MARY FANSHAWE, of 10, The Pryors, N.W.3, dearest father of Pat and Anthony and loving brother of Irene, aged 73 years. Cremation private, but flowers (cut bunches only please) may be sent to Leverton and Sons Ltd., 30, Heath Street, Hampstead, by 10am, Thursday. No mourning by special request. A memorial service which it is hoped his many friends may be able to attend will be held at Christ Church, Hampstead Square, On Saturday, July 21, at 2.30pm.

Above Christ Church, Hampstead.

Above where Maurice Fanshawe lived, The Pryors, Hampstead.

The Times on July 26 1956 published an obituary


A correspondent writes:- His many friends will have been saddened to read of Maurice Fanshawe's death, lately recorded in your columns. Between the wars he succeeded Mrs.Edgar Dugdale as head of the Intelligence Department of the League of Nations Union and of his study of international affairs he bought the qualities of a fine, scholarly mind. He was the author of a number of monographs on various aspects of the League of Nations activities and his work was held in high respect. In his general bearing, in the exercise of natural good manners and courtesy, in the care he took over matters of dress, Fanshawe gave the impression of being what in the best and fullest sense of the word he was, a gentleman - which is not to imply (why should it?) that pompousness formed any part of his make up. On the contrary he was a gay spirit and his gaiety was infectious. It was always a pleasure, as well as a reinforcement of one's belief in the fundamental virtues, to be in Maurice Fanshawe's company.

The Times published on August 2nd 1956 another obituary


Sir Cecil Kisch writes :-

On the basis of over 50 years friendship with the late Maurice Fanshawe at Clifton, Oxford, and in later life may I be allowed to supplement the remarks in your issue of July 26? Maurice was the eldest of three sons of the late Professor Fanshawe, who held the Chair of Latin and Greek at Bristol in the latter part of the last century. Brought up in a home inspired by the humanities and carefully tended by devoted parents these three boys all became scholars of their colleges at Oxford. The youngest, Gordon, who, gaining the Boden Sanscrit Scholorship, promised to develop into an orientalist, died prematurely when only 21. The second, Wilfred, entered the Indian Education Service, and became a principal of one of the chiefs' colleges in India, where he died at the age of 46. Maurice, the eldest of the brothers, was a commanding figure in the Clifton of 1900. He was Head of School for two years, a most notable achievement, which in 50 years 1870 to 1920 was only twice equalled.

The influence of Maurice exercised at Clifton rested in his character, to which your correspondent pays tribute. He enjoyed in exceptional measure the confidence of the headmaster, that stern discipilarian, the Rev.M.G.Glazebrook, later a canon of Ely, among whose most regarded pupils Maurice was certainly included.. Professor Fanshawe concerned himself not only with his sons' intellectual advancement but also with their athletic progress. I recall his venerable bearded figure giving cricket practice to his sons in their garden. Maurice was in the Clifton cricket XI and Rugby XV and also in the Gymn VIII. At Queen's, Oxford, he soon established himself as a leader of the college and was prominant in its activites. He played rugby football for Devon and cricket for Oxfordshire.

On leaving the university Maurice entered the Education Service of the Admiralty and during the 1914-18 War he workedon the Admiralty War Staff and later in the Political Intelligence Department of the Foreign Office. A distinguished career in the public service seemed to lie before him. Unfortunately at an early age he became a victim to deafness, which before long reached serious proportions. Maurice faced this calamity (for it was nothing less) with characteristic courage. He devoted all the strengh of his idealism and his great literally gifts to the work of the League of Nations and later the United Nations Association.

His friends will cherish his memory as a rare and engaging personality who always brought something individual and refreshing into their meetings. His reading was wide, his mind retentive, and his capacity for using these qualities remarkable. This is nowhere more clearly apparent than in the very long letters he used to write to his friends, who value them for their own lively contant, flavoured with wit and literary reminiscence, as well as for the testimony they bear to the writer's lovable qualities of heart and mind. They think to-day of Maurice's widow, son, and daughter and of his sister Irene, who alone survives from that brilliant family.

The announcement of his son, Charles Anthony Fanshawe's, engagement to Valerie Seymour, only child of Mrs. Edna Tupholme, of Omeath, Branksome Park, Dorset, was made in the Times on Sept 25th 1956