In 2022 WWII Veteran Roy Maxwell was in Normandy for the D Day commemorations with the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans. On 5 June the charity brought a group of WWII veterans to a service at Pegasus Museum and after the service Roy met Anthony Lang and his son and spent some time chatting together and having pictures taken.
Anthony Lang from Guildford said, “I have met Roy Maxwell many times during my Normandy trips for D Day and last year Roy had just turned 100. While speaking to him he noticed I had some WWII tattoos on my arm and was excited to see Piper Bill Millin tattooed above my wrist and was telling me that they knew one and other. When I promised Roy that I would have his portrait tattooed on to my arm he was completely taken back but it’s an absolute honour to wear him on my arm and tell his stories to everyone who will listen.”
Jane Daneshfar-Nia, Roy Maxwell’s daughter said “Dad was delighted that Anthony had taken the trouble to find him and so flattered that he’d gone to the lengths of having the tattoo done. Roy was very impressed with the tattoo and astounded at the likeness.”
Dick Goodwin, Vice President, Taxi Charity for Military Veterans said, “101 year old Roy Maxwell served with No4 Commando in June 1944, as part of the 1st Special Service Brigade landing on Sword beach on D Day. Our veterans always attract crowds of people who wish to speak with them whenever we escort them to the continent for commemoration services and we were delighted to receive a message from Anthony to say he wanted to share news of his tattoo with Roy.”
To find out more about the support the Taxi Charity offers to veterans or to donate visit www.taxicharity.org
About Roy Maxwell
Roy Maxwell was part of No4 Commando, who in June 1944, as part of the 1st Special Service Brigade, landed on Sword beach.
Roy was born in Rhyl, North Wales on 21.2.1922 and was brought up on his Grandfathers Farm. He married Tegwedd and they had a daughter Jane.
About the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans
The Taxi Charity is run by volunteer London black taxi drivers and has been supporting thousands of veterans since 1948. It is the only Forces charity that focuses on providing fun and entertainment and arranges free trips (for veterans from all conflicts) to the Netherlands and France, for acts of commemoration and days out to museums, concerts, or social events across the UK.
2023 is the charity’s 75th anniversary, a remarkable milestone for a small, niche charity peopled by enthusiastic volunteers.
The charity received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2021, an award approved by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the equivalent of the MBE for charities.
To fund and facilitate their work, the charity is reliant on donations, grants and sponsorship and launched a ‘75 for 75’ fundraising campaign to raise £75,000 in its anniversary year.