He was the only son of William George Daffarn of Valewood, Haslemere. He was a member of Debating Society and rowed in the Junior Sculls 1903-04, reaching the semi-final in 1904 and in the winning Junior IVs in 1904. He went up to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1906 and became president of the College Boat Club. From the University he entered the Army (16th Lancers) and resigning his commission two years later, took service with the British South Africa Company as an Assistant Native Commissioner.
On the outbreak of war he joined the 2nd Mobile Column detailed to operate in North-Eastern Rhodesia against German East Africa. He fell in action with a bullet wound to the neck near Abercorn (now part of Zambia) on April 24th 1915.
- Surname: Daffarn
- Forenames or initials: Maurice
- House: F
- Years in School: 1901-1906
- Rank: Lieutenant
- Regiment: South African Forces
- Date of Birth: 16th February 1888
- Date of Death: 24th April 1915
- How Died: Killed in action
- Location in War Cloister: Outer B6
- Decoration: NA
- Burial Site: NDOLA (KANSENSHI) CEMETERY: Grave 2.A.21