Private Anthony George Maynard


Anthony George Maynard was born on 27 October (or 7 November) 1898 in Chatham, Kent, the child of Maud Maynard. At the time of the 1901 Census he and his mother were living as boarders at 19 East Street, Gillingham, Kent, at the home of shipwright George McLean. Ten years later he was living as a boarder at the Kent County Industrial School for Boys in Kingsnorth, Ashword, where he was a student and "part-time musician".

On 26 October 1914 at Maidstone, Maynard enlisted in the 7th Dragoon Guards (No.10733). He gave his occupation as musician and his next of kin as his mother, who was living at 15 Manor Street, Old Brompton, Chatham.

He trained at the 4th Reserve Regiment of Cavalry at Tidworth from 3 November. This regiment was absorbed into the newly formed 4th Reserve Cavalry Regiment on 12 February 1917.

On 26 July 1917 Maynard was transferred to the North Irish Horse (regimental number between 2495 and 2508 – later Corps of Hussars number 71872). In late January 1918 he embarked for Egypt with a draft of North Irish Horsemen from the regimental reserve camp at Antrim. There he was attached to the 1/1st Staffordshire Yeomanry (Queen's Own Royal Regiment), serving with that regiment in the Palestine campaign. Medical records show that he was shipped from Haifa to Alexandria on 16 October 1918 suffering from 'PNYD' – pyrexia not yet diagnosed.

Maynard returned to the UK on 5 February 1919. On 24 May that year he re-enlisted, in the 11th Hussars (No.535123), embarking for Egypt on 11 July. He remained there with the regiment until 30 September 1921, when he embarked for India.

Maynard returned home on 27 November 1924, where he was posted to Section B of the Army Reserve. On completion of his twelve years' service, on 25 October 1926, he was discharged, his military character recorded as 'fair'.

At the time of the 1939 Register Maynard was living at 53 Gallywall Road, Bermondsey, Southwark, with his wife Janet, and working as a cold air store labourer.