Perceval-Maxwell, Robert Patrick (No. 226390)

Perceval-Maxwell, Robert Patrick (Robin)

Captain

No. 226390, 10th (The Rangers) Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps attached 9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)       

Killed in action on Sunday 5 December 1943 (aged 20)

Buried:

Cassino War Cemetery, Italy (Grave XIX. J. 7)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Groomsport and District War Memorial

Groomsport Parish Church of Ireland Church

Inch Parish Church of Ireland Church

Eton College

BIOGRAPHY

Robert Patrick (Robin) Perceval-Maxwell was born on 9 December 1922 and his birth was registered in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.  He was the eldest son of Major John Robert (Jock) Perceval-Maxwell and Phoebe Laura (Phoebe) Perceval-Maxwell (nee Cherry) of Finnebrogue, Downpatrick.  Their marriage was registered in the second quarter of 1921 in St. George, Hanover Square, London, and they had six children:

Robert Patrick (born 9 December 1922)

Gavin Richard (born 1924)

Andrew John (born 8 February 1927)

Peter (born 1928, died in infancy)

Selina Imogen Elizabeth Lorraine (born December 1930)

Michael (born September 1933)

Major Jock Perceval-Maxwell was a member of the Senate of Northern Ireland from 1935 until 1945, he was Member of Parliament for Ards from 1945 until 1949 and he held the office of Deputy Lieutenant (DL) for County Down.

Two of Robin Perceval-Maxwell’s relatives were killed in action during the First World War:

Lieutenant Richard Nigel (Nigel) Perceval-Maxwell (born 1896) was 21 when he died on 30 March 1918.  A son of Stephen and Harriet Mabel Perceval-Maxwell (nee Richardson) of Ballydugan House, Downpatrick, he served with the 16th (The Queen’s) Lancers.  Lieutenant Nigel Perceval-Maxwell was buried in Moreuil Communal Cemetery Allied Extension, Somme, France.

Lieutenant Richard H. (Dick) Perceval-Maxwell was 20 when he died on 23 July 1918.  A son of Lieutenant Colonel Robert David and Mrs Perceval-Maxwell of Finnebrogue, Downpatrick, he served with the 3rd Battalion attached 10th Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).  Lieutenant Dick Perceval-Maxwell was buried in Buzancy Military Cemetery, Aisne, France.

Robin Perceval-Maxwell was educated at Eton College and, when he left in 1940, he was commissioned into the King’s Royal Rifle Corps.  He was killed in action on 5 December 1943 at Mount Camino during the Allied advance in Italy.  Captain Robert Patrick Perceval-Maxwell (No. 226390) was buried in  Cassino War Cemetery, Italy and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT,

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

It was reported in the 15 January 1944 edition of the County Down Spectator that a memorial service for Captain Robert Patrick Perceval-Maxwell had been held on 12 January 1944 in Inch Parish Church of Ireland Church.  There is an inscription on his memorial plaque in the Church:

Be thou faithful unto death and I will give you a crown of life

Captain Robert Patrick (Robin) Perceval-Maxwell was 20 when he died and he is commemorated on Groomsport and District War Memorial (the site for this memorial was donated by Miss Maxwell of Groomsport House and Colonel Robert David Perceval-Maxwell of Finnebrogue, Downpatrick); in Groomsport Parish Church of Ireland Church; in Inch Parish Church of Ireland Church and in Eton College.