Alan John Pitts Crick

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Captain Alan John Pitts Crick, OBE
Life dates
14 May 1913 - 14 Oct 1995
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Unknown Location Intelligence Officer 1940 1941
Somerset Intelligence Officer 20 Oct 1940 23 Nov 1940

Minehead Modern School, Minehead, Somerset
Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith, London
Kings College London (modern languages), Masters in German,
Doctorate at Heidelberg University, Germany

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AYNZ 152/3
The Intelligence Corps
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20 Apr 1940

Enlisted in Army, 1939; 
Commissioned, 1940; 
Intelligence Officer, Auxiliary Units, General Headquarters Home Forces, 1940-1941; 
Instructor, German Interrogation Course, Cambridge, 1941; 
Posted to Middle East, 1941; Intelligence Officer, Headquarters 8 Army, Egypt and Libya, 1941-1942; 
General Staff Officer 3, General Headquarters Middle East, and Headquarters 10 Corps, Jun-Sep 1942; 
General Staff Officer 3, Headquarters 8 Army, 1942-1943; General Staff Officer 2, Instructor on War Intelligence Course, School of Military Intelligence, Matlock, Derbyshire, 1943-1944; 
Served in North West Europe, 1944-1945; 
Maj, General Staff Officer 2, Operational Intelligence, G2 Division, Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces (SHAEF), 1944-1945; 
General Staff Officer 2, Tactical Headquarters 21 Army Group and Headquarters British Army of the Rhine, 1945; 
Deputy Head of Political Intelligence Section, Headquarters British Army of the Rhine, 1945; 
Demobilised, Dec 1945

(1939) Lower Belgrave Street, Westminster, London
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Crick married Nora Atkins (WAAF) in 1941 in Chelsea. They had two children, Julia and Elizabeth. He died in Rye, East Sussex.

Prewar; Acting Vice Consul and Vice Consul, British Consulate General, Free City of Danzig, 1938-1939


Personal Assistant, Messrs Williams and Williams, Chester and London, 1946; 
Senior Research Officer, Joint Intelligence Bureau, 1946-1948; 
Joint Services Staff College, 1948; 
Deputy Assistant Director, Joint Intelligence Bureau, 1950-1953; British Joint Services Mission, Washington DC, USA, 1953-1956; 
Awarded OBE, 1956; 
Assistant Director, Joint Intelligence Bureau, 1957-1963; 
Imperial Defence College, 1960; 
Counsellor, British Embassy, Washington DC, USA, 1963-1965; 
Chairman, Joint Intelligence Staff, Cabinet Office, 1965-1968; 
Assistant Director (Economic Intelligence), Defence Intelligence Staff, Ministry of Defence, 1968-1973; 
Director of Economic Intelligence, Defence Intelligence Staff, Ministry of Defence, 1970-1973; 
Deputy Chief Adviser to Commercial Union Assurance Company Limited, 1973-1978; 

Publications: Die Persönlichkeit Johann Christian Günthers (Heinrich Fahrer, Heidelberg-Handschuhsheim, Germany, 1938); translation, with Douglas Scott and R F C Hull, of Existence and being by Martin Heidegger (Vision, London, 1949); translation, with E E Thomas, of Ostasien denkt anders (The mind of East Asia) by Lily Abegg (Thames, London, 1952); In the caves of the mind. Poems by Alan Crick (Privately published, Rye, Sussex, 1992).

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Crick Alan Obit Telegraph 1995