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The Parish of the Good Samaritan Burnley

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Private Patrick Maguire

Service Number: 330991

16th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Died of Wounds 11th May 1918, aged 26




From the Burnley Express dated 9th June 1918: A SNIPER'S VICTIM.

"He was my Platoon runner and went everywhere with me", so writes his Officer concerning Private Patrick Maguire (26), 330991, Royal Warwick's, who was killed in action on May 10th, "a sniper shot him through the Head" the Officer continues "and he died 5 minutes later while unconscious. I was with him when he was carried down. I cannot say how much I sympathize with you in your loss, as he was my best man in the Platoon, and a magnificent type of soldier and man. His loss will be mourned by the whole Company. The only consolation is we are fighting for a good cause and we are all prepared to see it through. A better death we cannot hope for any one of us".  Private Maguire was a married man and resided at 19 Granville Street.  He leaves a widow and a child.  He has never seen the baby.  On the Special Reserve before the war he was in camp when hostilities opened, and on September 8th 1914 he was drafted on Active Service with the East Lancs.  In the Battle of the Somme in 1916 he was severely wounded, sustaining a fracture of the jaw.  Formerly he was employed by Messrs' Lupton and Place.  He attended St Mary's Roman Catholic Church.


Buried in Tannay British Cemetery, Thiennes, France: Plot 2.  Row B.  Grave 1

(The CGWC has his name as P McGuire not Maguire)