National Army Soldier Patrick Maguire Jr


National Army Soldier Patrick Maguire Jr (aged about 25) of Brankill (Flood) near Belturbet, Co. Cavan (probably near Passage West)

Date of incident: 8 Aug. 1922

Sources: II, 15 Aug. 1922; CE, 17 Aug. 1922; List of FSS Cork Civil War Deaths; MSPC/2D371 (Military Archives); Borgonovo (2011), 147, fn. 28; Keane, 292-94, 416; http://www.irishmedals.ie/National-Army-Killed.php (accessed 30 June 2017).  


Note: Patrick Maguire Jr had joined the National Army at Belturbet, Co. Cavan, on 21 March 1922. While serving with the Old First Midland Division, Maguire died in action on 8 August 1922 of gunshot wounds in County Cork as soldiers of the National Army encountered resistance during their advance from Passage West towards the capture of Cork city. He was buried in the National Army Plot in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin on 14 August. Before joining the National Army, McGuire had worked on the family farm. See http://www.irishmedals.ie/National-Army-Killed.php (accessed 30 June 2017). The Cork Examiner of 17 August 1922 listed a ‘Terence Maguire’, said to have been a ‘native of Sligo’, among those ‘killed in Cork’ and buried on 14 August in Glasnevin, but this report seems to have involved confusion with Patrick Maguire Jr, a native of County Cavan.  

His father Patrick Maguire Sr was awarded a dependant’s gratuity of £60 under the 1923 Army Pensions Act in consideration of his son’s death. The exact place of this soldier’s death in County Cork was not specified in the pension records. He left a pregnant wife; their son was born shortly after the soldier’s death. His father’s application in May 1924 to the Army Pensions Board stated that his son Patrick Jr had been buried on 14 August 1922 in Dublin ‘in company with seven others killed in action in the same place. Some of my letters to him were got on his person after death, and I believe they are now in Portobello Barracks, Dublin.’ See Pension Application of Patrick Maguire Sr, 17 May 1924, MSPC/2D371 (Military Archives).

In 1911 Patrick Maguire Jr (then aged 14) was the second living child and eldest living son of the Brankill (Flood) farmer Patrick Maguire Sr and his wife Annie. Five of their six living children—three daughters and two sons—then resided with them. One child had left the family home; two others had apparently died in infancy.   

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