Lieutenant Francis Alymer Maxwell

Indian Staff Corps (Attached to Roberts' Light Horse)

31st March 1900
Lieutenant Francis Alymer Maxwell VC

    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 Cross records.

    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.


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