Maxwell, William Gardner

He was the third and youngest son of James and Mabel Maxwell of 27 Kensington Gate, London. He was born at Kingfield near Carlisle and came to Winchester from Summerfields, Oxford: his last year he was a House Prefect. His brother George also came to the school (E 1895-1900).

He passed out of Sandhurst in 1909 and was gazetted to the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders. He served with his regiment in India and Egypt, and at the outbreak of war was appointed Adjutant of the 8th (Service) Battalion, which he helped to raise; and went to France with it in April 1915. He was wounded at Loos in the following September and received the M.C for his courage in that battle. In June 1916, he was appointed to the staff, as a Brigade Major, and the following year was promoted Brevet Major. After passing through the senior staff course at Cambridge he was selected in February 1918 for a posting in the Military Operations Branch of the Imperial General Staff. In September of that year he returned to France as G.S.O., second grade, to the Third Corps and served with them until the end of the war.

He died in hospital at Le Treport on December 11th 1918, of pneumonia following on influenza. He was four times mentioned in Despatches and after his death was awarded the Cross of the Legion of Honour.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Maxwell
  • Forenames or initials: William Gardner
  • House: E
  • Years in School: 1902-1907
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: Gordon Highlanders
  • Date of Birth: 6th August 1889
  • Date of Death: 11th December 1918
  • How Died: Died from pneumonia
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C2
  • Decoration: M.C., Cross of the Legion of Honour