Maxwell, John Harold (No. 1063559)

Maxwell, John Harold (Harold)

Aircraftman 1st Class

No. 1063559, 968 Balloon Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Died as the result of a road accident on Monday 15 September 1941 (aged 31)


Kircubbin Presbyterian Churchyard, Co. Down


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Kircubbin Presbyterian Church


John Harold Maxwell was born on 13 April 1910 in the townland of Ballygraffin and he was the youngest son of Thomas James Maxwell and Abigail Maxwell (nee Warnock) of Rosevale, Ballygraffin, Kircubbin, Co. Down.  Thomas James Maxwell was a farmer and he and Abigail Warnock were married on 25 February 1896 in Greyabbey Presbyterian Church.  They had at least eight children, many of whom were baptised in Kircubbin Presbyterian Church:

William (born 23 April 1897 in Ballygraffin)

Cassie Napier (born 20 April 1898 in Ballygraffin)

Elizabeth (born 17 February 1900 in Ballygraffin)

Thomas Warnock (born 6 March 1902 in Ballygraffin; died 10 January 1980)

Robert (born 16 June 1903 in Ballygraffin)

Hugh Samuel Mahood (born 5 August 1904 in Ballygraffin)

Hilda (born 24 March 1906 in Ballygraffin; died 2001)

John Harold (born 13 April 1910 in Ballygraffin)

John Harold Maxwell was 15 when his father, Thomas James Maxwell, died on 18 May 1925 (aged 58).  His mother Abigail died on 1 September 1946 (aged 79).

John Harold Maxwell attended Campbell College Belfast from 1924 until 1925, the year his father died.  He joined up after the outbreak of hostilities and, prior to that, he was employed by Messrs Riddels Ltd., (Hardware Merchants and Ironmongers), Donegall Place, Belfast.  He was fatally injured on 15 September 1941 when the lorry in which he was travelling with other airmen collided head-on with a tramcar on the Antrim Road.  The lorry was citybound and he died shortly after being admitted to the Royal Victoria Hospital.  At the inquest, a verdict was returned that death was due to haemorrhaging following a fracture of the ribs.

Aircraftman 1st Class John Harold Maxwell (No. 1063559) was buried in Kircubbin Presbyterian Churchyard on 18 September 1941 after his remains were borne there on a gun carriage from his home in Ballygraffin.  The funeral services were conducted by the Rev George Harpur Megaw BA whose brother, Second Lieutenant William Laurence Megaw was subsequently killed on 18 February 1943.

Aircraftman 1st Class John Harold Maxwell (No. 1063559) was 31 when he died, and he is commemorated in Kircubbin Presbyterian Church.