Gerald Maxfield


Submitted by Penny Maxfield

Gerald was Penny's Grandfather


I have been looking into my grandfathers time as a soldier in WW1. 

He was with the Sheffield City Battalion and his number was 12/182 and, according to the book by Gibson and Oldfield, Gerald was in ‘A’ Company.

Ihave also found, through Find My Past, a paragraph in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph dated 8 July 1916 regarding his injuries from 1 July 1916
and the fact that he was in hospital in Woolwich. I can send you this image too. Now looking at other sites online I see that a sports day was held
at Redmires on 29 April 1915 and I am wondering whether the photo below could have been taken then, as the chap behind my grandfather is in uniform. My uncle has said his father was a good sportsman and played football for his battalion. My uncle had also thought there were photos of his father taken whilst at Redmires - he didn’t have them and neither do I in any albums inherited from my father. My sister acquired a couple of albums from our late aunt and this is the only image that may just fit the bill. As you can tell the original image is very small, probably not much bigger than a 5p coin. Have also very recently stumbled across a couple of group photos online, one taken at Redmires (‘A’ Company) and the other at Larkhill (only two men identified and one was in ‘A’ Company), and wonder whether Gerald could be in either of those. Unfortunately he is wearing a hat in both images so we can’t see his hair(line) and also he is sitting down for both photographs - this could
have given us the best clue as seemingly he wasn’t a very tall man. I would assume Gerald was older than most other Private’s having been born in 1885.

Sheffield Daily Telegraph 8/7/16

Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.


Sheffield Daily Telegraph 8/7/16


Hugh Maxfield


Geralds Brother


He was born in 1890 and went out to Uganda in 1913; the passenger list says his occupation is an engineer. Anyway he ended up as a Lieutenant in the Military Labour Corps attached to the East Africa Rifles. Hugh died of Spanish flu in December 1918 and is buried in the Upanga Road Cemetery in Dar es Salaam.



Dar Es Salaam (Upanga Road) Cemetery

Ecclesall Church








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