Maguire, Albert Michael

Date of birth:
December 30th, 1922
Service number:
7949696 (NCO)/323517 (Officer)
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Albert Maguire was educated at Hutton Grammar School and Trinity Hall Cambridge. He served in Africa (MM) and Italy (MC) and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on June 18th, 1944.
He was transferred to the Inns of Court Regiment in 1946 and became a member of the War Crimes investigation Unit 1946. He was called to the bar in 1949.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Trooper
Unit:
Royal Armoured Corps (Preston)
Awarded on:
April 22nd, 1943
Action:
Citation:
"On 1st March Trooper Maguire and Corporal Cox were sent out to report enemy movements in the area 3248 and 3348(TUNISIA, sheet 4) They took their carrier as far as was judged safe and then went forward on foot to an O.P.

Enemy tanks were seen and a report was sent back by wireless from the carrier to H.R.Q.
Artillery fire was brought to bear and Trooper Maguire and Corporal Cox returned again to their O.P where they corrected the fire at intervals for a period of approximately 2 hours. As a result two Mk VI's were destroyed and several others already disabled were heavily damaged. In order to send in their reports they took it in turns to traverse the 300 yards back to the carrier under considerable M.G. and small arms fire.
Their O.P. was frequently under heavy mortar fire and their conduct throughout was exemplary and inspiring."
Military Medal (MM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Unit:
North Irish Horse, Royal Armoured Corps (Preston) (North Irish Horse, Royal Armoured Corps (Preston))
Awarded on:
December 13th, 1945
Military Cross (MC)
Action:
Citation:
On 9/10 Apr. at the SENIO river, Lieut. Maguire was the first troop of tanks across the river and his bold action ensuring the holding of the bridgehead. The next day April 10th troops led the break-out; by skilled manoeuvre he drove off four enemies S.Ps and assisted the infantry in the capturing of many prisoners. On the night of the 12 April he played a conspicuous part in a 6,000 yards night advance and on the following morning (12 Arp) his troop unaccompanied by infantry went right along the banks of SANTERNO shooting up many posts. He reached the RENO- SENTO junction thus clearing the way for the GRUPPO CREMONA.
This officer has shown consistent dash and eagerness to engage the enemy. Throughout winter he took part in four very successful troop actions and was wounded whilst carrying out a dismounted patrol. He inspired his troop with the greatest confidence and fighting spirit and has carried out the most difficult and dangerous tasks with unfailing success."
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
With "1st ARMY" clasp.
Africa Star

Sources

  • - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 35987 published on the 20 April 1943
    - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36621 published on the 21 July 1944
    - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37386 published on the 11 December 1945
    - Dixons Medals