52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 5

robert-jpgRobert Maxfield.  This is my grandfather in law (Chris’ grandfather).

Robert Maxfield was born on 7th August 1920 at 5 Ribston Street, Hulme, Chorlton cum Hardy, Lancashire, England to Albert E Maxfield and Sarah E Maxfield (maiden name Steele).

In November 1939, Robert joined the army. Robert infact gave his age as 20, however at the time he was 19.  Looking online, this seems to be that at the time, all men between 20 and 23 were required to register to serve in one of the armed forces.  He was assigned to the 5th border regiment.

In April 1940, Robert finished his training and was posted to Lile, France.  His regiment fell under the control of the 126th infantry brigade.  Robert fought in the Battle for Dunkirk and was evacuated in June 1940.

During the next few years, he was transferred to 126th brigade, 30th border regiment, 30th Manchester Regiment, 21st Independent Para Company.  Robert was discharged from the military on Jan 1947 for being unfit for duty. He did get a exemplary rating from the military.

I have not gone through all the records as of yet and will write a full page about his military history in the near future. However, I have been told that Robert fought in the battle of Arman where he was shot in the head and leg.

Robert married in Isle of Wight (his wife is still living and I am unable to give out her name).

In 1975, Robert Maxfield passed away at his home address from Carcinoma of the Bronchus. He was surrounded by his wife, sons and daughter-in-laws.  His occupation at the time was electrical service mechanic.

Until next time.


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