Memories of Maxwell Cassidy

When Janet Mears of Australia started searching for information about her great-uncle Maxwell Cassidy, killed in a 1944 training accident in Canada, the results were astonishing. Not only did she discover that Max had been in love, she found the Canadian girl he left behind – alive and well, and eager to share her memories. That girl is my mother.
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Maxwell Cassidy of the Royal Australian Air Force was given a full military funeral in North Battleford, Saskatchewan after he died in a training accident in December 1944.

Maxwell Cassidy of the Royal Australian Air Force was given a full military funeral in North Battleford, Saskatchewan after he died in a training accident in December

After her Australian boyfriend Maxwell Cassidy was killed in a training accident, June Light wrote this letter of condolence to his family. To read the whole letter, visit my blog Wartime Wednesdays at www.elinorflorence.com/blog/maxwell-cassidy.

After her Australian boyfriend Maxwell Cassidy was killed in a training accident, June Light wrote this letter of condolence to his family. To read the whole letter, visit my blog Wartime Wednesdays at www.elinorflorence.com/blog/maxwell-cassidy.

Maxwell Cassidy of the Royal Australian Air Force was given a 21-gun salute in North Battleford, Saskatchewan after he died in a training accident in December 1944.

Maxwell Cassidy of the Royal Australian Air Force was given a salute in North Battleford, Saskatchewan after he died in a training accident in December

Maxwell Cassidy's parents had moved before this telegram was sent to their home in Launceston, Tasmania. Eight telegrams were sent before the terrible news reached his parents, Edwin and Mary Cassidy.

Maxwell Cassidy's parents had moved before this telegram was sent to their home in Launceston, Tasmania. Eight telegrams were sent before the terrible news reached his parents, Edwin and Mary Cassidy.

Maxwell Cassidy left behind to grieve his older sister Kathleen, shown here with her husband Leonard and her young son Darryl.

Maxwell Cassidy left behind to grieve his older sister Kathleen, shown here with her husband Leonard and her young son Darryl.

A letter written by Australian pilot Maxwell Cassidy's station commander after his death in a training accident says that Max's "personal charm and qualities were of the highest order."

A letter written by Australian pilot Maxwell Cassidy's station commander after his death in a training accident says that Max's "personal charm and qualities were of the highest order.

Australian flyer Maxwell Cassidy had plenty of charm and wit, as shown by this first page of a letter to his sister. To read the whole letter, visit Wartime Wednesdays at www.elinorflorence.com/blog/maxwell-cassidy.

Australian flyer Maxwell Cassidy had plenty of charm and wit, as shown by this first page of a letter to his sister. To read the whole letter, visit Wartime Wednesdays at www.elinorflorence.com/blog/maxwell-cassidy.

Maxwell Cassidy of the Royal Australian Air Force travelled to Canada to train as a pilot, but he was killed in an accident, and his body remains buried in North Battleford, Saskatchewan.

Maxwell Cassidy of the Royal Australian Air Force travelled to Canada to train as a pilot, but he was killed in an accident, and his body remains buried in North Battleford, Saskatchewan.

Maxwell Cassidy, shown here with his parents Edwin and Mary, before he left Tasmania to train as a pilot with the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada. Sadly, he was killed in 1944 when his Harvard crashed.

Maxwell Cassidy, shown here with his parents Edwin and Mary, before he left Tasmania to train as a pilot with the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Canada. Sadly, he was killed in 1944 when his Harvard crashed.

Maxwell Harold Cassidy of the Royal Australian Air Force, who was killed in a training accident in North Battleford, Saskatchewan in 1944.

Maxwell Harold Cassidy of the Royal Australian Air Force, who was killed in a training accident in North Battleford, Saskatchewan in

June Light, shown here at age 20, was a Canadian girl in love with her Australian pilot, when he was tragically killed in a training accident in 1944.

June Light, shown here at age was a Canadian girl in love with her Australian pilot, when he was tragically killed in a training accident in

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