Virgil MAGUIRE

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MAGUIRE, Virgil

Service Number: 13630
Enlisted: 6 October 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 6th Field Ambulance
Born: Parramatta, New South Wales, 6 March 1894
Home Town: Wynnum, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Wynnum & Dutton Park State Schools
Occupation: Telegraph/phone mechanic
Died: Killed in Action, Ypres, Belgium, 27 September 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Postmaster-General's Dept Qld. WWI
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World War 1 Service

6 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, SN 13630, Brisbane, Queensland
29 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 13630, Army Medical Corps (AIF), Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
29 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, SN 13630, Army Medical Corps (AIF), HMAT Kanowna, Sydney
27 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 13630, 6th Field Ambulance, Third Ypres

Virgil and William died together

This is a strange but poignant story.
My cousin, Pte William Walter Etheredge (1895 - 1917) was serving in the 6th Field Ambulance. He would have known Vigil Maguire well, because they were stretcher - bearers in the same unit. On the 27th September 1917, approximately 200 yards from Clapham Corner, near Ypres, they were both killed on the same day, at the same place and by the same 9.2 shell. They are both buried in Belgium Battery Corner Cemetery.
Walter and Virgil - your sacrifice is not forgotten. Thank you.

Charles Harker

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Biography

"Private Virgil Maguire, Aged 23, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. H.R. Maguire, of Wynnum South and Atherton, reported killed in action. He had been a stretcher-bearer for two years. Pte. Maguire was the holder of St. John's Ambulance and Royal Life Saving Certificates. He won the "Courier" medal, presented by the Hon. E.J. Stevens, M.L.C., for a Life Saving Competition. He was also the holder of a bronze medallion (1912); a member of the Dutton Park State School Swimming Club; a member of the Wynnum Australian Football and Cricket Clubs; and a general favourite with the boys in sporting circles." - from the Queenslander 17 Nov 1917 (nla.gov.au)

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