Unit: Imperial Camel Corps
Commemorated: Damascus War Cemetery, thumb Syria
Henry Robert Maynard was the only son of Mr. & Mrs. H. R. Maynard of Stanhope Villas, illness Horncastle. He was born at East Witton, Yorkshire. He was 31 years of age when he died. When war broke out, he was in sole charge of his Father’s branch business, The Pharmacy, at Woodhall Spa. He was an active member of the Red Cross. Three months after war broke out, he volunteered, so he could “do his bit”. He joined the East Riding Yorkshire Yeomanry transferring shortly thereafter to the Imperial Camel Corps. His sister served as a VAD in a local hospital in Norfolk.
Henry’s sense of duty led him to enlist in the East Riding of Yorkshire Imperial Yeomanry, shortly after the outbreak of War. A territorial yeomanry regiment, they acquitted themselves well as Cavalry carrying the sword and rifle in the long bucket and were engaged in the Western Desert and Palestine. In early 1916, forty East Riding Yeomen volunteered for service in The Imperial Camel Corps, and were engaged in most actions of that brigade, including a period in Arabia. Henry was one of those forty and he became a member of No. 10 Company, Imperial Camel Corps.
After the fall of Baghdad in late 1917, operations for Mesopotamia involved little serious combat. The main operations in the Middle East for 1918 were in Palestine, although initially the commander Allenby’s operations were limited severely by calls upon his resources from the Western Front. During this time of limited activity, the Arab Guerrillas remained a constant drain upon the Turks, tying up huge numbers of troops.
The Arab forces were assisted by small detachments of British specialists and were inspired by Col. T. E. Lawrence. For the early part of 1918, the Imperial Camel Corps was loaned by Allenby to Lawrence and, in his book “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom”, Lawrence writes of The Imperial Camel Corps “They were like healthy looking schoolboys in their shirts and shorts”.
Henry died whilst on the Amman raid,at the end of March 1918, led by Lawrence. In that raid, the Imperial Camel Corps lost 8 officers and other ranks. In addition Henry’s company commander Capt. Joe Lyall MC was also wounded.