Sgt Maxwell Alexander Francis “Max” Kirkman (Ret’d)
We regret to advise of the death of Sergeant Maxwell Alexander Francis “Max” Kirkman (Ret’d) on 23 April 2007 in the Hardisty, AB Health Centre at the age of 91 years.
Max was born in Nevis, AB. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Engineers on 23 September 1939 and trained in Edmonton and Toronto until his unit shipped out to England in June 1940. In 1944, he deployed to Northwest Europe and fought through France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany with 2nd Canadian Corps Troops Engineers until war’s end. One of the more demanding jobs of his unit was building the Blackfriars Bridge over the Rhine River. Blackfriars was the longest floating Bailey bridge ever built to that date. When the war ended, Max was hospitalized in England for a time before returning to Canada. He was discharged in October 1946 and returned home to Lougheed, AB. Max was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion in British Columbia and the C.J. Kinross V.C., Branch #180 in Lougheed.
A full Legion Memorial Service will be held on 27 April at 2:00 PM. from the Lougheed Community Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.