James Henry MAXWELL
Rank: Able Seaman
Number: J/18683
Unit: HMS Indefatigable ROYAL NAVY
Date of Death: 31 May 1916
Age: 19
Cemetery: Plymouth Naval Memorial

John Maxwell and Elizabeth Ellen Hurst married in the early winter of 1895 at St Peter’s Church, Ashton under Lyne. The following year, on 5 August, James was born in Stalybridge. At some point, the family moved to the Stockport area and lived at 3 Watson Square on Middle Hillgate.

Nothing is known of James’ early life, except that he joined the Navy as a boy sailor in 1912. He died when his ship sunk during the Battle of Jutland.

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