Maurice was transferred to the hospital ship Gascon, then evacuated to Egypt. Both his eyes were excised and his right forearm was amputated. His left knee needed surgery, his face was pitted with shrapnel and he had lost teeth from his upper jaw. Not yet 22, he was totally blinded and permanently incapacitated.
Army chaplain, Rev. George Rowe, visited Maurice in hospital and wrote to Maurice’s father: “No complaint passes his lips… he has put a cheerful courage on, and he especially requested me to tell his mother that his heart is strong and he is happy in his Saviour's love and presence.”
Bessie Crowther, 22 years his senior, was a Church Missionary Society medical missionary volunteering in the hospital. Her constant dedicated attention nursed Maurice back to health. Maurice was optimistic, writing poetry and learning to read Braille. He developed a deep bond with Bessie. Discharged from hospital in September 1915, Maurice married Bessie in the military barracks just outside Alexandria. His friends carried him down the aisle on a chair.