Maxwell MID, Victor Edwin (No. 36004)

Maxwell, Victor Edwin (Victor)

Mentioned in Despatches and 2 Bars

Wing Commander

No. 36004, Royal Air Force

Died in service on Wednesday 23 February 1944 (aged 37)

Buried:

Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, England (Grave 21. C. 5)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family grave headstone in Deansgrange Cemetery, Blackrock, Dublin

BIOGRAPHY

Wing Commander Victor Edwin Maxwell’s death was reported in the 4 March 1944 edition of the County Down Spectator under the headline Bangor Family Bereaved.

Victor Edwin Maxwell was born on 18 August 1906 at 5 Victoria Avenue, Donnybrook, Dublin and he was the only son of Thomas Maxwell (a cashier and company secretary, born in Lurgan on 16 January 1870) and Margaret Mary Maxwell (nee Harris, born in 1879).  Their marriage was registered in the second quarter of 1903 in Epping, Essex and they lived in Verona, Sandycove, Co. Dublin.  They had at least three children:

Victor Edwin (born 18 August 1906 at 5 Victoria Avenue, Donnybrook, Dublin)

Ruth Lilian

Margaret (born 8 June 1911 at 89 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin)

Thomas Maxwell died on 8 June 1940 and his widow, Margaret Mary Maxwell, died on 12 October 1970.

Victor Edwin Maxwell was educated at the High School in Dublin and he joined the Royal Air Force in 1924.  Early in his career he spent four years in the Middle East.  In 1937 he was seconded as Flight Lieutenant to Southern Rhodesia to assist in the formation of an air unit for the Rhodesian Government.  On the outbreak of war, he was posted to Kenya and later to the Western Desert and Asmara in Eritrea.  He was Mentioned in Despatches (2 Bars) and had the Africa Star.

In 1939, in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, Victor Edwin Maxwell married Susan Dorothea Fox, daughter of Captain and Mrs Thornton Fox.  He returned to service in England in 1943 and the Maxwell family home was at 10 Hart Road, Harlow in Essex.  He was a keen sportsman and played rugby for the RAF in inter-Service matches and he also played for the Eastern Counties.  He was an expert marksman and had many successes at the National Shooting Centre, Bisley, Surrey.  On one occasion he gained top score for Ireland in an inter-Services shoot.

Wing Commander Victor Edwin Maxwell was 37 when he died in service on 23 February 1944, his death was registered in Westminster, London and he was buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS

THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE

FOR HIS FRIENDS

Victor Maxwell’s sister, Ruth Lilian Smyth, and his brother-in-law, Leslie Smyth, lived in Grove Park, Bangor and before that they lived at 30 Kimmage Road, Dublin.  The marriage of Ruth Lilian Maxwell and Leslie Smyth was registered in the second quarter of 1939 in Rathdown, Dun Laoghaire.

Victor Marshall’s sister, Margaret Maxwell, was serving with the ATS.

Wing Commander Victor Edwin Maxwell (No. 36004) is commemorated on the family grave headstone in Deansgrange Cemetery, Blackrock in Dublin.