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Maxwell, Alan Haigh (1924-1944)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.


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Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.


Details: Alan Haigh Maxwell (1924-1944), born 16 January 1924, son of Sir Reginald Maitland Maxwell, GCIE, and Lady Mary Lyle Maxwell, of St. Mary Bourne, Hampshire. Brother of John Maitland Maxwell ARIBA (1917-1920).


Attended St Edmund's School, Hindhead, Surrey.


Attended Sherborne School (The Green) May 1937-July 1942; Upper 6th (Medical); School Prefect; Head of House; Ridout Science prize 1942; Prefect in charge of Agriculture (1941-42); PT Instructor with Badge; CSM in Junior Training Corps; editor of 'The Shirburnian'; member of The Duffers society.


WW2, Sub-Lieutenant, H.M.L.C.H. 185, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR). Killed on active service in L.C.H.185 off Normandy on 25 June 1944, aged 20.


Commemorated at:

Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, Panel 88, Column 1,-alan...


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; The Green roll of honour.


Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'Alan Hugh Maxwell [sic], Sub-Lieutenant, R.N.V.R., was killed in action in June 1944. At School his strong sense of duty, his loyalty and sound judgement made him an outstanding Head of his House and School Prefect. As Prefect in charge of Agriculture, he was responsible for much valuable work being done and made many friends among the local farmers. Yet, in spite of his many responsibilities, he found time to develop his considerable ability as an artist and his interest in railways and to read widely and with discrimination. He had originally planned to study medicine at Cambridge; but he felt strongly that he should take a more active part in the war and on leaving School, he joined the Navy through the 'Y' scheme. He soon made his mark and was posted as a Midshipman to Combined Operations. A broken wrist kept him for some months in a less active role that he would have wished, but enabled him to pay several visits to the School for which he had always hoped to do. He was lost when his ship struck a mine off the Normandy Beaches late in June 1944.'

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