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Alfred Pericles Maxfield

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Alfred Pericles Maxfield (1877-1964), pioneer aviator and maker of the Maxfield-Garrard engine.[1]

1877 Born at sea and registered in Sydney, Australia, the son of Arthur Maxfield, toolmaker of Birmingham, and his wife Eleanor Goldschmidt

1909 Makes a flight to Castle Bromwich.[2]

1911 Living at 118 Great Lister Street, Birmingham: Alfred Pericles Maxfield (age 34 born at sea), Motor Cycle Manufacturer - Employer. With his wife Nellie Ethel Maxfield (age 32 born Leeds).[3]

1939. Mr. A. P. Maxfield, of 47 Amberley Grove, Wilton, Birmingham, who 30 years ago was the first Birmingham man to make and fly an aeroplane. Invents a 'skeleton lung' or respirator.[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. Birmingham Daily Gazette - Wednesday 19 October 1938
  2. Birmingham Daily Gazette - Tuesday 12 October 1909
  3. 1911 Census
  4. Birmingham Daily Gazette - Saturday 10 June 1939