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Obituary: Allan Maitland

Allan Maitland, pictured, former correspondent and editor, died on Saturday after suffering from lung cancer for five years. He was 80 one month ago.

After Cambridge University and military service in Cyprus and Egypt, Maitland joined Reuters as a trainee journalist in 1962. His first posting was to Brazil.

He was assigned to Saigon in 1969 to join the reporting team covering the Vietnam War. There he quickly found himself covering a Viet Cong attack on a South Vietnamese military base. Two years ago Maitland recounted his experiences for a multi-media project for the Imperial War Museum in London. Asked how he coped, he replied: “The adrenalin was up and one got on with it.”

After Vietnam Maitland reported the conflict in Cambodia and then the Portuguese revolution.

He retired in 1990, leaving as associate editor of the staff magazine Reuters World. ■