Captain JOHN HORNSBY MAX (photo added)

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Rank Captain
Forenames JOHN HORNSBY
Surname MAX (photo added)
Initials J H
Place of Birth Unknown
Date of Birth Unknown
Date of Death Tuesday, 06 June 1944
Age 25
Nationality British
Residence or Entered Service From Unknown
Service Number 137383
Force British Army
Service/Corps/Regiment Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron 6 Airborne Division Headquarters
Military Honours and Awards
Place of Burial/Commemoration RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location IVA. H. 20.
Previous Place(s) of Burial Unknown
Epitaph
Family Details SON OF DAVID JOHN AND MARY ELIZABETH MAX, OF OLD STRATFORD, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE.

Additional Information

Captain JOHN HORNSBY MAX, General Staff Officer 3 (GSO3),1
before D-Day 6th June 1944, providing a lesson to his men about
the importance of not discussing their training to anyone outside of their unit.

 

 

From left to right:2
Captain JOHN HORNSBY MAX, General Staff Officer 3 (GSO 3), killed 6th June 1944.
Major Gerald A.C. 'Gerry' Lacoste, General Staff Officer 2 (GSO 2), injured 6th June 1944.
Captain FREDERICK CHARLES 'Freddy' SCHOLES, General Staff Officer 3 (GSO 3) killed 16th June 1944.
All served with the Intelligence Branch, 6th Airborne Division Headquarters.

 

 

Grangues Memorial dedicated to the 52 men
who lost their lives near here on 6th June 1944.3

 

 

 

7 Parachute Battalion veteran Ernest 'Ernie' Stringer

paying his respects to fallen comrades3

 

 

The Grangues Memorial is situated near where 2 Stirling Bombers,
EJ 116 AND EF 295 of No. 620 Squadron, Royal Air Force crashed on 6th June 1944.
The aircraft carried men from the 7 Parachute Battalion,
6 Armoured Airborne Reconnaissance Regiment,
591 Parachute Squadron and Headquarters of the Royal Engineers.
 
2 gliders also crashed nearby, carrying men from 6th Airborne Division Headquarters.
Among them was Captain JOHN HORNSBY MAX, General Staff Officer 3 (GSO 3).
 
The Memorial was unveiled and dedicated on the 50th anniversay of D-Day in 1994
Attending were 2 survivors of those crashes,
Lieutenant Johnnie Shinner, Royal Engineers
and the A.E. Pryce the rear-gunner of Stirling EF 295.4

 

 

References
1. Photograph from David Ward via Mark Hickman and Pegasus Archive.
2. Photograph from War History Online.
3. Photographs taken by Carl Shilleto on pilgrimage with 7 Parachute Battalion Veteran Ernest Stringer in June 2009.
4. Text from Merville Battery & The Dives Bridges, pp 224-227. Published by Pen & Sword Book Ltd 2011, by Carl Shilleto

 

Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph: Carl Shilleto
Cross marker photograph:  
Individual photograph: David Ward via Mark Hickman and Pegasus Archive
Additional photographs provided by: David Ward via Mark Hickman and Pegasus Archive, www.militaryphotos.netWar History Online and Carl Shilleto
Additional information provided by: David Ward via Mark Hickman and Pegasus Archive and Carl Shilleto

 

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What other people have said

France

Martine Josselin

Your sacrifice led to our freedom. Eternal gratitude.

On Thursday, February 6, 2014
puçol

juan muñoz gomez

RESPECT AND HONOR. RIP

On Wednesday, February 5, 2014