Maxwell, Charles (Charlie)
No. 7022229, 70th Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles
Died of disease on Saturday 3 June 1944 (aged 20)
Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery, Co. Down (Section 16 Grave 146)
Newtownards and District War Memorial
Charles (Charlie) Maxwell was a son of William John and Annie Maxwell (nee Smart) of 116 Greenwell Street, Newtownards. William John Maxwell served with the Royal Irish Rifles during the First World War and he and Annie Smart were married on 26 December 1921 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Mark’s).
Rifleman Charlie Maxwell (No. 7022229) was discharged from the Army on 18 May 1943 and he was 20 when he died of tuberculosis on 3 June 1944.
Charlie Maxwell’s brother Tommy served with the Royal Marines in Burma and Tommy was not able to get home for his brother’s funeral on 5 June 1944 to Movilla Cemetery.
One of the death notices in the 10 June 1944 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle was inserted by Peggy Skillen, Mrs Margaret Skillen, Bob and Sheila of Drumawhey, Newtownards.
The three death notices contained the following verses:
We cannot forget you, our loved one so dear,
Your memory will grow sweeter year after year;
You cannot return, so tears are in vain,
But in Heaven we’re hoping to meet you again.
It is sad but true, and we wonder why,
The best are always first to die.
Taken away in his early youth,
Taken from those he loved,
From serving his King on earth below
To serve his great King above.
I do not forget him, nor do I intend,
I think of him always, and will to the end,
I mourn him in sorrow and silence unseen,
And dwell on the memory of days that have been.
A loss so great, a shock severe,
To part with one we loved so dear;
Though great the loss, we’ll not complain,
But trust in Christ to meet again.
In subsequent years, Our Heroes – In Memoriam notices contained the verses:
We loved him, yes, no tongue can tell,
So deep, so dearly, and so well,
But God loved him too and thought it best
To take him Home with Him to rest.
The house is sad and lonely
Since our loved one went away;
When Jesus sent the message
He could no longer stay.
And he has joined the Heaven
Of a perfect place of love;
There we hope to meet our son
In our Father’s home above.
Rifleman Charlie Maxwell (No. 7022229) is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial and his parents placed an inscription on his CWGC headstone in Movilla Cemetery:
FOR EVER WITH THE LORD
BY HIS SORROWING FATHER,
MOTHER AND BROTHER
Rifleman Charlie Maxwell’s uncle Rifleman Charles Smart (No. 7019390) was lost at sea on 6 May 1943.
Charlie’s father, William John Maxwell, died on 12 April 1951 (aged 70) and his mother, Annie Maxwell, died on 31 May 1985.