Obituary: Magnus Pyke

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The Independent Online
YOUR obituary of Magnus Pyke (by Simon Welfare, 22 October) makes no reference to his period of service with the Control Commission for Austria, writes W. F. Wright.

To us, who were struggling in 1945 to get food distributed to the citizens of Vienna, he was always a standby help, whether it was to advise how long after the birth of her child a woman should be considered a nursing mother - and thus entitled to continue the increased rations allocated to pregnant women - or to assist us in our too prevalent argument with the Russians as to what employments equalled heavy labour and again qualified for better rations.

Magnus was an amusing companion whether in official contacts or off-duty at the officers' club at the Kinsky Palace.