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2nd Lt. Eric Mavor .     British Army 6th (City Of Glasgow) Btn. Highland Light Infantry   from Glasgow

Eric Mavor

Pte. John Howard Mawdsley .     British Army 8th Btn. Shropshire Light Infantry   from Dawley, Salop

(d.27th Dec 1916)

John Howard Mawdesley served with the 8th Battalion, Shropshire Light Infantry during WW1 and died on the 27th December 1916, aged 32. He is commemorated on the Doiran Memorial near the Doiran Military Cemetery in Greece.

He was the son of William Henry Mawdsley, of Oakengates, Salop and husband of Alice Morris (formerly Mawdsley), of 16, Frame Lane, Doseley, Dawley, Salop.

S Flynn

Brig. Francis Aylmer Maxwell VC, CSI, DSO MID..     British Army 27th Inf. Bde, General Staff Commanding 9th (Scottish) Division (d.21st Sep 1917)

Brigadier Francis Maxwell (Late 18th King George's Own Lancers)served with General Staff Commanding 27th Infantry Brigade, 9th Division during WW1 and was killed in action on the 21st September 1917, aged 46. He was buried in the Ypres Reservoir Cemetery. Son of Thomas Maxwell, M.D., and Violet Sophia Maxwell, he was the husband of Charlotte Alice Hamilton Maxwell. The award CSI is Companion of the Star of India.

An extract taken from the London Gazette, dated 8th March, 1901, records the following:- Lieutenant Maxwell was one of three Officers not belonging to Q Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, specially mentioned by Lord Roberts as having shown the greatest gallantry, and disregard of danger, in carrying out the self-imposed duty of saving the guns of that Battery during the affair at Korn Spruit on 31st March 1900. This Officer went out on five different occasions and assisted to bring in two guns and three limbers, one of which he, Captain Humphreys, and some Gunners, dragged in by hand. He also went out with Captain Humphreys and Lieutenant Stirling to try to get the last gun in, and remained there till the attempt was abandoned. During a previous Campaign (the Chitral Expedition of 1895) Lieutenant Maxwell displayed gallantry in the removal of the body of Lieutenant-Colonel F D Battye, Corps of Guides, under fire, for which, though recommended, he received no reward.

S Flynn

Gerald Constable Maxwell MC, DFC, AFC..     Royal Flying Corps 56th Sqd.   from Fairlie House, Inverness.

Sig.Boy. john maxwell .     Royal Navy HMS Amphion   from Edinburgh

(d.6th Aug 1914)

My uncle John Maxwell was a signal boy on HMS Amphion. He was only 17 years of age when he was killed on 6th August 1914 only two days after the start of WW1.He was the first fatality from Edinburgh He had been one of the first Boy Scouts in Edinburgh.His father Robert Maxwell was the church officer of St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh and condolences were given at a service in St Giles Cathedral.His name is recorded in a book of remembrance in the War Memorial Building in Edinburgh Castle and also on the Naval War Memorial in Plymouth. His sister was my mother Agnes Tulloch (nee Maxwell) and I was named after him.

John M. Tulloch

Sgt. Alfred Edward May MM..     British Army 7th Btn. Wiltshire Regiment   from Stantonbury

Emmanuel May

Rfn. Ernest George May .     British Army 5th (London Rifle Brigade) Btn. London Regiment   from St John's Wood, London

(d.16th or 19th Aug 1917)

Ernest George May served with the 5th City of London Battalion (London Rifle Brigade), the London Regiment and died on either the 16th or 19th August 1917.

Adrian Evans

Sjt. George Albert May .     Australian Imperial Force. 41st Btn.   from Cairns, Nth QLD

Tess Martin

Pte. Jeffrey May .     British Army 22nd. Battalion Durham Light Infantry (d.28th May 1918)

He was my grandmother's cousin.

Jeffrey was born in 1899 and was killed in action in 1918. It appears that he was bought up by his grandparents, John and Julia (née Drake). There is some question about the identity of Jeffrey's father, but he was probably john and Julia's son, Lancelot May. Jeffrey's British Army records indicate that he was a slight lad. He enlisted in September 1917 and was killed in France on 28 May 1918. He served with the 22nd Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry. His name is listed on the Soissons Memorial by CWGC. If there are further details about this young soldier, please let me know . . . Lest we forget . . . Thank you.

Ruth Jones

Pte. John T. May .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Gateshead

John May was wounded in August 1916


A/CQSM John Oliver Knight May .     British Army 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Pte. Martin May .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Gateshead

(d.1st July 1916)

Martin May is named on the Thiepval Memorial


Spr. James Richard Mayell .     Royal Engineers 222nd (Tottenham) Field Company   from Walthamstow

(d.20th May 1917)

James Richard Mayell was my grandmothers first husband. Her name, prior to her marriage was May Hurlock. They married on Christmas day in 1913 and in March 1915, their son, Bernard James Mayell was born. Sadly, the child died in a tragic accident a year later and then James Richard Mayell was killed in action on 20th of May 1917.

My grandmother went on to emigrate to Canada and married and had a life in Canada. She never spoke about this time in her life. I do not have any photos of her husband or child and would love to connect with anyone in the Mayell family who may be able to provide more information.

Linda Mannix

Pte. J. Mayers .     British Army 1st/13th Btn. Royal Fusiliers   from Dengland

(d.16th Jun 1917)

Pte. J. Mayers served with the Royal Fusiliers 1st/13th Btn. He was executed for desertion on 16th June 1917 and is buried in Achicourt Road, in Achicourt, France.

s flynn

Pte. Ernest Mayes .     British Army 12th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment

Shipley Family of Patriots. Four Brothers and Two Sisters’ Husbands

Four sons and two wives by marriage of Mr and Mrs J Mayes of Shipley is a record of patriotic service of which all concerned may well feel proud. Of the four sons one has paid the supreme penalty. Appended are particulars:

  • Pte. William Henry Mayes, West Yorks, Born 1886 Bradford is the eldest son. He joined up shortly after the outbreak of war, and after having been wounded and suffering from shell shock he was again at the front.
  • Pte. Ernest Mayes, West Yorks, Born 1888, Reg. No. 38206, 12th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales) Received the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, was killed in action 13/12/1917. Remembered with honour at Mory Abbey Military Cemetery, Mory, France. He had been in the army about two years. He was married and was previously in the employ of Messers Parkinson of Shipley.
  • Pte. Albert Mayes of the West Yorks, born 1891, three years service in the Army and has been once wounded. Had quite a colourful time, served in the army with one or two absences for which he forfeited pay.
  • Pte. Norman Mayes the youngest son, born 1899, Bradford. Joined the West Yorks and afterwards transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. He was in the army about three years.
  • Pte. J Armitage (regiment un-known) of Bolton Woods served twelve months including Palestine. He was previously in the employ of Messrs. Fattorini and Sons, Bradford and is the son-in law of Mr and Mrs Mayes.
  • Pte. J W Yarker, West Yorks, another son-in law,was in Kings Own Light Infantry, received the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Was promoted to Lance Corporal but requested to be reduced back to private. He was gassed twice and received a bullet wound to the leg. John William Yarker was in the reserve army from 1913 which was officially disembodied in 1920. There are two absences on his war record.


Lt.Col. Leslie Cecil Maygar VC..     Australian Imperial Force 4th Light Horse Regiment   from Australia

Leslie Cecil Maygar was born near Kilmore, Victoria, on 27 May 1868. He was farming at Euroa when he volunteered for service with the Victorian Mounted Rifles and served in the South African War. It was during this conflict that Maygar was awarded the Victoria Cross for the rescue of a fellow soldier under heavy fire. After the war he returned to farming and once again volunteered for military service when the First World War broke out, enlisting with the Australian Imperial Force on 20 August 1914. Maygar departed Melbourne with the 4th Light Horse Regiment aboard HMAT Wiltshire on 19 October 1914.

Whilst serving on Gallipoli in 1915 Maygar was promoted to the rank of major and in October that year was appointed to command the 8th Light Horse Regiment. In December 1915 he began to document his experiences in a series of letters home, recalling in great detail the evacuation from Gallipoli, which he deemed "a marvellous piece of military strategy probably never equalled in all the annals of history." Maygar was in command of the last party to withdraw from the trenches at ANZAC Cove.

Rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel, Maygar distinguished himself as a fine leader and horseman in the desert campaigns of Sinai and Palestine, during which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. Maygar continued to document his experiences, in particular the extensive preparations for the second battle of Gaza in April 1917. He died on 1 November 1917 from wounds sustained at the battle of Beersheba the day before. Leslie Maygar is buried at the Beersheba War Cemetery in Israel.

s flynn

Lt.Col. Leslie Cecil Maygar VC, DSO, VD..     Australian Imperial Force 8th Btn. Australian Light Horse   from Australia

(d.1st Nov 1917)

Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Cecil Maygar served with the 8th Battalion, Australian Light Horse during WW1 and was killed in action on the 1st November 1917 age 43. He is buried in Beersheba War Cemetery in Israel. he was the son of the late Edwin Wills Maygar and Helen Maygar. Native of Dean Station, Kilmore, Victoria, Australia.

An extract from the London Gazette, dated 11th Feb., 1902, records the following:

At Geelhoutboom, on the 23rd November 1901, Lieutenant Maygar galloped out and ordered the men of a detached post, which was being outflanked, to retire. The horse of one of them being shot under him, when the enemy were within 200 yards, Lieutenant Maygar dismounted and lifted him on to his own horse, which bolted into boggy ground, causing both of them to dismount. On extricating the horse and finding that it could not carry both, Lieutenant Maygar again put the man on its back and told him to gallop for cover at once, he himself proceeding on foot. All this took place under a very heavy fire."

He had received a V.C. during the Second Boer War in 1901

S Flynn

Lt.Col. Leslie Cecil Maygar VC, DSO, VD,.     Australian Army 8th Btn. Australian Light Horse   from Victoria, Australia

(d.1st Nov 1917)

Leslie Maygar was the son of Edwin Wills Maygar and Helen Maygar, and a native of Dean Station, Kilmore, Victoria, Australia. He received the V.C. during the Second Boer War 1901. An extract from the London Gazette, dated 11th Feb., 1902, records the following:- "At Geelhoutboom, on the 23rd November 1901, Lieutenant Maygar galloped out and ordered the men of a detached post, which was being outflanked, to retire. The horse of one of them being shot under him, when the enemy were within 200 yards, Lieutenant Maygar dismounted and lifted him on to his own horse, which bolted into boggy ground, causing both of them to dismount. On extricating the horse and finding that it could not carry both, Lieutenant Maygar again put the man on its back and told him to gallop for cover at once, he himself proceeding on foot. All this took place under a very heavy fire."

He was killed in action on the 1st November 1917, aged 42 and is buried in the Beersheba War Cemetery in Israel

s flynn

Rflmn. Ernest Edwin Mayhew .     8th Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps (d.12th Oct 1917)

Ted Mayhew served with the 8th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps.

Tamsin Loftus

Pte. R. Mayhew .     Army Durham Light Infantry

Pte. Ernest Arthur Mayman .     British Army 1st Btn. B Coy. East Yorkshire Regiment


Rfmn. James Frederick Maynard .     British Army 7th Btn. Rifle Brigade   from Kensington, London

(d.6th Dec 1916)

James Maynard enlisted at Camberwell and served with the 7th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. We have no a Army records as they appear to have been among the 'burnt records'. He is laid to rest in Lijssenhoek Military cemetery, killed in action on 6th December 1917. You will also find him listed on the War memorial at Waterloo station in London as he was employed by the London & South Western Railway Company as a bridge painter before enlistment. James was my Great Grandad, He died aged 26 years leaving a young wife also aged 26 and two young children, my Nan aged four years old and her younger brother aged 18 months. According to the medal cards he was awarded the Victory Medal but we have no further information or photographs.

Leigh Gray

Pte. Thomas Walter Maynard .     British Army 1st Btn. London Regiment   from Godstone, Surrey

(d.3rd May 1917)

All I know is that Thomas Maynard was only 19 years old when he died, he has no grave. Wish I could find out more.

Angela Tugwell

Sig. Joseph M. Mayne .     British Army 412 Bty. Royal Field Artillery   from Co. Durham

Aycliffe Village Local History Society

Pte. Thomas Mayrick .     Army 14th btn. Royal Warwickshire Regt   from Bidford-on-Avon.

(d.28th Sep 1916)

Pte Thomas Mayrick died of wounds at Netley on the 28th Sept 1916, he was 22 years old. He was buried at St Lawrence's Church, Bidford-on-Avon.

Pte. J. McAdam .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


Sgt. Wilson McAdam .     British Army 9th Btn. Royal Irish Fusiliers   from Tandragee, Co. Armagh

My great Uncle, Wilson McAdam, Sergeant 14553 (also spelled McCadam) was born in 1891 in Portadown he lived at Tandragee, County Armagh and was a Member of Clonmakate Company, Armagh Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. Member of Loyal Orange Lodge 110. He worked in the linen trade at Thomas Sinton’s mill. He enlisted September 1914 and went to France with 36th (Ulster) Division in October 1915. ‘C’ Company. He was evacuated sick to hospital in England in mid-1916. He may have rejoined his company in France. He did not take part in the attack at Hamel on 1 July 1916. He transferred to the Class Z Reserve 6 March 1919. 1914-15 Star. His discharge date is common for those who saw through the War and left Mouscron (where the Battalion spent Christmas 1918) in February 1919.

On Saturday 8 August 1914 the Ulster Volunteer Force held a shooting competition at the rifle range in Tandragee demesne with teams from the Clare, Laurelvale, Tandragee and Scarva Companies participating. Wilson McAdam was a member of the winning team from the Tandragee Company and also won the medal for the overall highest individual score. He served in France from 4 October 1915. On the 15th August 1914 the Tandragee Company held a shooting match at the rifle range in the demesne. Nine teams took part including 1 from Clare, 2 from Laurelvale, 4 from Tandragee and 2 from Scarva, with each team consisting of 8 men. Medals were awarded for the best team score, the runners up and the highest individual score. A team from Tandragee won the event, with the individual scores as follows – Wilson McAdam 60; D McCullough 49; George Jackson 46; W J Meredith 46; A Vennard 41; G Stronge 40; W Gamble 39; and W J Teggart 21. Wilson McAdam (Tandragee) won the highest overall individual score with 60 out of 70; W J Newman (Tandragee) was second on 57; and W Lunn (Scarva) third on 56. Mr T H White, Orangehill, presented the prizes.

Helene Kennedy

Cpt. Lewis Alexander McAfee .     British Army 8th Batallion Rifle Brigade   from West Kirby, Cheshire

(d.30th July 1915)

Although born in Northern Ireland, Lewis McAfee and his family moved to Edinburgh round about 1890. He was educated here and studied medicine at Cambridge before going onto further studies at the London Hospital in 1914. At this time, his parents moved to Cheshire. Lewis enlisted into the 8th Service Battalion, The Rifle Brigade, being commissioned later in 1914. In May 1915 he arrived in France, being part of "A" Coy.

As far as can be ascertained,on the 29th July the 8th Battalion moved from Ypres to relieve the 7th Battalion in the trenches of Hooge. Lewis had by this time been promoted to Captain following the death of Captain C.F Ballentine, Commander of "A" Coy who took a direct hit from a gas shell on July 2nd.

In the early hours of the 30th July, the Germans attacked, using flame-throwers for the first time. Captain Lewis Mcafee was not seen again and is listed as 'missing in action'. 134 men of his Battalion were killed or wounded and 132 were missing, presumed to have been engulfed in the horrific flames from the new German weapon. Perhaps he died alongside Private Richard Gribbin of the same Brigade whose details are also given on this website? His body was never found but his name remains for all to see on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial and also at the Grange Hill War Memorial in the Wirral, Cheshire.

Kate Forwood

Gnr. Daniel McAllister .     Royal Field Artillery A Battery 277th Brigade   from Kilmarnock, Scotland

(d.21 Aug 1917)

My uncle, Gunner Dan McAllister, died during the last Battle of Ypres. I have been told he died of gas poisoning, but I do now know for certain. He is buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No. 3 in Belgium

John McAllister

Gnr. Daniel McAllister .     British Army 277th Bde. A Battery Royal Field Artillery   from Kilmarnock, Scotland

(d.21st Aug 1917)

My uncle, Daniel McAllister, served with the Royal Field Artillery from 1916 through to his death in 1917. He died of exposure to a German Gas attack on his position just south of Ypres. He probably died within a few days, but not instantly. He is buried an Brandhoek New Militry Cemetery No 2.

John McAllister

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