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Maxwell was born in Wolverhampton in 1885, the son of William and Emily Northall Weston. In 1901, they were living at Glendale Villa, Broad Lane, Upper Penn, Wolverhampton, along with Maxwell’s siblings Violette I., Vincent W., Maurice A., and Hilda N. Maxwell was working as an electrical engineer. He was at the same address in 1911, with his widowed mother and brother Vincent. He was working as an electrical switch gear inspector for Birmingham Corporation.

Maxwell enlisted as a Private in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (number 1014). In September 1916, he was wounded in action, receiving a gun shot wound in his rightarm. Eventually  in October 1918 he was discharged as being no longer physically fit for military service. He died at 1 Noel Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, on 12 November 1919. His address by then was 47 Richmond Road, Wolerhampton. The value of his effects was £145.