Cpl Herbert Frederick Maxim MM

[From The Luton News: Thursday, April 3rd, 1919]

Among the Military Medals gazetted this week is one to WR/250750 Cpl Herbert Frederick Maxim, 111th Railway Construction Company, Royal Engineers, of Chiltern Green.

The Military Medal is awarded to him for distinguished service on August 8th, 1918, in assisting to unload an ammunition train which was on fire.

The Company to which Cpl Maxim was attached were then on the Bethune front and, to the personal knowledge of a member of the Luton News staff, he rendered invaluable service to the Army in that area in maintaining communications in a very critical time when railways were being shelled and bombed day and night.


Suffolk-born Cpl Maxim enlisted in the RE Railway Troops in November 1914. He had previously been employed as a railway platelayer. He died in East Hyde in 1932 at the age of 46.