Henry Vollam Morton blue plaque in Ashton-under-Lyne
Henry Vollam Morton (1892-1979) International Journalist and Travel Writer born in Ashton-under-Lyne. Morton's work captured the spirit of England and other great countries from the 1920's to the 1960's and provided a great literary contribution throughout those five decades. He reported the discovery of the Tutankhamun tomb in 1923 and the historic meeting between Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt in 1941. He has travelled 'around like a magpie, picking up bright things that pleased him' and recorded them for our pleasure.
Henry Canova Vollam Morton FRSL (known as H. V. Morton), (26 July 1892 – 18 June 1979) was a journalist and pioneering travel writer from Lancashire, England. He was best known for his prolific and popular books on London, Britain and the Holy Land. He first achieved fame in 1923 when, while working for the Daily Express, he scooped the official Times correspondent during the coverage of the opening of the Tomb of Tutankhamon by Howard Carter in Egypt.Morton was born at Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, the son of Joseph Morton, editor of the Birmingham Mail, and Margaret Maclean Ewart. He was educated at King Edward's School in Birmingham. In the late 1940s he emigrated to South Africa, settling near Cape Town in Somerset West, and became a South African citizen.