Eddie, Lieutenant Maxwell Hardwicke
No 4 Sqn AFC
Maxwell Eddie came from Launceston, Tasmania. He was born on 1 July 1893 and was a Clerk when he joined the 6th Field Ambulance in Melbourne on 8 February 1915. He left Melbourne on HMAT A31 Ajana on 4 June and served at Gallipoli until the end of the campaign, when he was evacuated to Egypt before moving to France. In December 1916 he transferred to the 1st Divisional Supply Column in Egypt. He was moved to England for medical treatment in February 1917 and served with the Motor Transport Service there until he transferred to the AFC in October.
In March 1918 he graduated as a pilot and was commissioned before being posted to No 4 Sqn in July. He is mentioned in the Official History for his participation in the bombing of a dump at Bac St Mair on 15 August and an attack on Haubourdin aerodrome the next day.
He was killed in action at Brebières on 5 September 1918 when flying Sopwith Camel B778. He was last seen in combat with eight Fokker D.VIIs at 18.05 in an action where three other Camels were lost: Lt D C Carter in E7174 (KIA), 2Lt A H Lockley in D8136 (KIA) and Lt L T E Taplin DFC in E1407 (PoW). Vzfw Fritz Classen of Jasta 26 was credited with a victory over a Camel south east of Hénin-Lietard at 1905 (German time); it was the 7th of his eventual 11 victories.