Moreton born in Oakham, Rutland, and was educated at St Edward's School, Oxford and Trinity College, Oxford. He served in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War, and was awarded the Military Cross in 1944, following the Battle of Kohima.
Moreton joined the Diplomatic Service in 1946. After postings to Kenya (1953–55) and Nigeria (1961–64), he served as Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Vietnam from 1969 to 1971. He was then the High Commissioner to Malta from 1972 to 1974, and between 1975 and 1977, served in the United States, first as Deputy Permanent Representative in the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York, and then as Minister in Washington, the deputy to the Ambassador.
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