Narraway, Maxwell Moore

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Maxwell Moore Narraway
4 April 1913 – 27 May 1973
WO(I) M.M. Narraway, September 1941 (detail).jpg
Nickname Max
Place of death Ottawa, Ontario
Place of burial St. James Cemetery, Eganville Ontario
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Rank Captain
Awards CD
Captain Maxwell Moore Narraway (4 April 1913- 27 May 1973) was a Canadian soldier who served during the Second World War on Special Wireless duties and who continued to serve after the War.

Early Life

Born 4 April 1913 in Ontario to parents Clifford Brunswick Narraway (1885–1956) and Kathleen Ada Stork (1885–1964). He had two siblings, younger sisters Ellinor and Alison.


Narraway joined the Permanent Active Militia in July 1935 at the rank of Signalman. He was appointed to Lance-Corporal in March 1938.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, Narraway transferred to the Canadian Army (Active) Force and was promoted to Corporal. He rose through the ranks quickly being promoted to Sergeant in March 1940 and Staff Sergeant in August 1940. In September 1941 he was made Acting Sergeant-Major (Warrant Officer Class 1) of No. 1 Special Wireless Station at Ottawa. In February 1942 he was promoted Foreman of Signals (Warrant Officer Class 1).

In February 1943 he was commissioned in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals as a Second-Lieutenant and transferred to the Canadian Signal Training Centre. He remained there, being promoted Lieutenant in June 1943, until August 1943 when he joined No. 2 Special Wireless Station at Grande Prairie, Alberta. In August 1944, he joined No. 1 Canadian Special Wireless Group which was training in British Columbia prior to proceeding to Australia in February 1945. 1 CSWG served in Darwin, Northern Territories, until returning back to Canada in February 1946. He was attached to No. 9 District Depot from February until April 1946, presumably for post deployment leave prior to being assigned to the Directorate of Armament Development at National Defence Headquarters.

Choosing to remain in the military after the Second World War, he transferred to the Canadian Army (Regular) in October 1946 at the rank of Lieutenant and returning to Special Wireless duties as a member of No. 3 Special Wireless Station. From July 1947 he was stationed at Victoria Wireless Station, later redesignated Vancouver Wireless Station[1], where he remained until January 1953. Captain Narraway, having been promoted in August 1949, attended a course at the Royal Canadian School of Signals from January until March 1953.

In February 1956 he joined the Eastern Command Signal Regiment and then a member of New Brunswick Signal Squadron when it was formed from East Coast Signal Regiment in January 1957. From September 1957 until September 1958 he served in the United Nations Emergency Force with 56 Canadian Signal Squadron in Egypt. Upon his return, he served in the Branch of the Quartermaster-General at Army Headquarters. His final stint with Special Wireless was a tour at the Alert Wireless Station from July 1959 until August 1960. From then until July 1962 he served in Branch of the General Staff at Army Headquarters with the Directorate of Signals.

After a period of leave, Narraway retired in March 1963.

Personal Life

Max married Genevieve Costello (1915-1985) on 14 May 1941 at Ottawa and together they had two children, Kathleen and Elizabeth.

After retirement, he worked for a time as a Procurement Officer with the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources.

Maxwell Narraway died at Ottawa Ontario on 27 May 1973 and is buried at St. James Cemetery, Eganville Ontario.

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Notes and References

  1. November 1948