The heroic episode of saving the guns at
Korn Spruit, on March 31, 1900, has already been described in
the record of
Major Phipps-Hornby, but with the names of those mentioned
therein the list of heroes on that occasion does not end.
Lieutenant Maxwell, though not belonging to the famous " Q "
Battery, was present also at the affair, and was specially
mentioned by Lord Roberts, for " the greatest gallantry and
disregard of danger." On five different occasions he went out to
face the blizzard of lead " and assisted in bringing in two guns
and three limbers, one of which he, Captain Humphreys, and some
gunners, dragged in by hand." And in their company he again went
out to endeavour to bring in the last gun, remaining there
exposed to shot and shell, till the attempt had to be abandoned.
The notification in the Gazette recording the act for which
Lieutenant Maxwell was awarded the Cross, makes reference to the
gallantry displayed by him during the Chitral Campaign, 1895,
when he removed the body of Lieut.- Colonel F. D. Battye of the
Guides under a very heavy fire from the enemy, " for which,
though recommended, he received no reward." This official
statement of an act of gallantry in a previous campaign,
included in the notification of that for which the Cross is
awarded in a later one, has not occurred before in the Victoria
Born on September 7, 1871, Lieutenant Maxwell in 1891 became
2nd Lieutenant 2nd Battalion Royal Sussex -Regiment (107th), from
which, as Lieutenant, he entered the Indian Staff Corps,
December, 1903 ; was promoted, for his distinguished services,
Brevet-Major in 1902, and appointed A.D.C. to Lord Kitchener.
For services on the Indian Frontier, he was decorated with the
D.S.O. and holds the Frontier medal and clasps, to which he has
now added both the South African medals with many clasps. Was
decorated with the Victoria Cross by H.R.H. the Duke of York, at
Pietermaritzburg, August 14, 1901.