Pillar of community dies, aged 89

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A former Government Under-Secretary who served on Woughton Parish Council for more than 40 years has died after a short illness. He was 89.

Peter Hall CB was honoured by the Queen for his legal services to the Inland Revenue, and was also granted the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of his work.

A former Rishworth student and Cambridge scholar, he joined the Forces in 1942 and trained at Bletchley Park before ending up in the Intelligence Corps on secondment to the Australian army.

Acting as a Japanese interpreter of intercepted radio signals, he was mentioned in despatches and was an acting Major by the age of 22.

Mr Hall continued to work until he was 75 as Clerk to the City Commissioners , a tax tribunal.

In his spare time he was passionate about the countryside and was an active member of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

He was former chairman and treasurer of Woughton Parish Council as well as president of Woughton Allotments Association, having been instrumental in securing the land for the allotments.

He was also president of the Milton Keynes Village Cricket Club, where he played cricket until he was almost 60.

Mr Hall chaired the Woughton Welfare Trust, which provided small grants to those in pressing need.

He loved his garden, knew the Latin names of many flowers, and took immense pleasure in bird life and the natural landscape, say his family.

Predeceased by his wife Stella, Mr Hall had six children, 19 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

His son, Simon Hall MBE, said: “He was great fun with all ages and will be much missed.”

The funeral and burial took place on Monday at St Mary’s Church at Woughton on the Green.

> A memorial service will be held at St Mary’s Church on Saturday, January 30, 2014, at 2.30pm.