Maurice Petherick (5 October 1894 – 4 August 1985)  was a British Conservative Party politician who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Penryn & Falmouth from 1931 to 1945, and as Financial Secretary to the War Office, briefly, in 1945.
During the Great War, he was a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Devon Yeomanry[clarification needed] 1914 but was invalided out in 1915. He served in Foreign Office, 1916–17; he was recommissioned Royal Scots Greys, 1917 and served in France, 1918. In October 1939, he was recommissioned to the General List Army, as a Captain and promoted to Temporary Major.
He was one of the MPs, who, in 1945, opposed the Yalta agreement, because of the treatment of Poland. He was Financial Secretary to the War Office from 26 May 1945 to 4 August 1945, in the "Caretaker Government".
- 1932: Captain Culverin. London: Ernest Benn (novel)
- 1943: Victoire: a novel. London: Macmillan
- 1951: Restoration Rogues; with plates, including portraits. London: Hollis & Carter (On Thomas Blood, William Bedloe, Ralph Montagu, Thomas Dangerfield, Edward Fitzharris and Barbara Villiers.)
- Who was Who; Vol.4, 1941-1950: a companion to "Who's who" containing the biographies of those who died during the decade 1941-1950. London: A. & C. Black, 1980
- In the 1861 census, Maurice Petherick's paternal grand parents family were described as of 49, High Cross Street, St. Austell - "George Petherick, Head, M, 30, Bank Manager, St Austell Cornwall, Emily Petherick, Wife, 32, St Blazey Cornwall, Margaret Petherick, Dau, U, 3, St Austell Cornwall, George T. Petherick, Son, U, 1. In the 1871 census, the children are shown was "George T Petherick, Son, U, 10,Scholar, St Austell Cornwall, Alice Petherick, Dau, U, 6, Scholar, St Austell Cornwall, Florence Petherick, Dau, U, 2, St Austell Cornwall. Source: Cornwall Online Census project. George T Petherick was Maurice Petherick's father.
- The Times, Tuesday, 16 April 1929; pg. 11; Issue 45178; col D:"Election candidates": he is described as of Gledhow gardens, SW, a director of George Neame & Co, standing in the place of Mr George Pilcher, who is not seeking re-election.
- On 29 May 1929, Sir Tudor Walters won the election for Penryn & Falmouth. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
- In 1931, he stood against E. D. Simon (Liberal) and A. L. Rowse (Labour)- The Times, Wednesday, 28 October 1931; pg. 8; Issue 45965; col A: "Declarations To-Day Candidates And Parties".
- The Times, Thursday, 15 October 1931; p.8; Issue 45954; col A: The West Country Situation At Penryn And Falmouth, Mr. E. D. Simon's Offer FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.
- In 1935, he stood against Sir Ronald Wilberforce Allen (Liberal) and A. L. Rowse (Labour)- The Times, Monday, 28 October 1935; pg. 8; Issue 47206; col A: "The General Election: "The Times" List Of Candidates."
- Obituary in The Times, 9 August 1985, Page 12, column g,Letter 7 September 1968, page 9 Column c.
- "A special collection of camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons, but also a magnificent view of St Austell Bay and access to the beach. This three-acre garden was first developed by Maurice Petherick some 40 years ago. It contains a special collection of camellias, also many azaleas and rhododendrons. The grounds have access to the beach and from the main lawn there is a magnificent view of St Austell Bay. On spring days cherry blossoms stand out sharply against the blue of the sea. There is also a nursery garden with Victorian greenhouses." Garden Arena website.
- Edward Fitzharris (1648?-1681): an Irish Catholic, who advocated the deposition of Charles II in favour of James, Duke of York in 1681 (DNB)
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Maurice Petherick
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Sir Tudor Walters
| Member of Parliament for Penryn and Falmouth
1931 – 1945