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Name: William James Maxwell Rank: Leading Aircraftman Service No: R/195303 Service: Royal Canadian Air Force No. 1 Naval Air Gunners School, RCAF Yarmouth, NS Date of Birth: March 21, 1921 Place of Birth: Ravarnett, Ireland Date of Enlistment: October 15, 1942 Place of Enlistment: Montreal, Quebec Address At Enlistment: 51 White St., New York City, US Age at Enlistment: 21 Height: 5 feet, 11 inches Weight: 140 lbs. Complexion: Fair Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown Trade: Clerk Marital Status: Single at Enlistment; Married Religion: Espiscopalion Next of Kin: Mrs. Susan Maxwell (Mother) Donacloney, Co. Down, Northern Ireland Charlotte Marie (Lilienthal) Maxwell (Wife) Date of Death: July 25, 1943 Age At Death: 22 Cemetery: Mountain Cemetery, Yarmouth, NS Grave Reference: Lot 1. Sec. A.K. Grave 5. Commemorated on Page 118 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 17 William Maxwell was the son of William James Maxwell and Susan [Redpath] Maxwell, of Donacloney, Co. Down, Northern Ireland and husband of Charlotte Maxwell, of Long Island, New York, US. He was employed with Wm. Liddel and Co., Upper Queen St, Belfast, Ireland from 1935 to 1939 when he transferred to the Company in New York where he worked from 1939 to 1942 when he enlisted with the RCAF. He was married on May 29, 1943 in Elmhurst, New York. He completed initial training at Lachine and was assigned to #1NAGS, Yarmouth on January , 1943. On July 25, 1943 while boating at Lake Milo Yarmouth, he was thrown from a canoe and drowned. Sources and Information: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Veterans Affairs Canada
William James Maxwell
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