MAGUIRE, Joseph, G.

Lance Corporal
Royal Army Medical Corps
Service numbers: 
Lance Corporal Joseph Maguire, R.A.M.C. attached to 47RM Commando, was seriously wounded in 1944 during operations in NW Europe [1]. Post war he was a member of the Commando Association residing Liverpool [2].
Professor (Capt)  John Forfar MC., 47RM Commando Medical Officer, later wrote:
"Before Lance Corporal Joseph McGuire, RAMC, had his left leg blown off when he entered a minefield to rescue a Marine who lay there wounded. It had been his intention to return to his trade as a butcher, but when he was finally invalided out his lack of mobility proved too much of a handicap to continue. Instead he became a sedentary caretaker.
Thirty years later when I wrote to him to ask him how life had treated him he made no reference to the loss of his leg and uttered no complaints or regrets. His letter seemed to contain a note of undeclared satisfaction that he had done his duty and ended, 'I am content'. He died shortly afterwards." [3].
[1] Army Casualty Lists / National Archives file WO417/77.
[2] Obituaries in Commando Association newsletter 68 issued March 1979.
[3] The book 47RM Commando 'From Omaha to the Scheldt', author Professor (Capt)  John Forfar MC. 47RM Cdo.
Surname spelt as Maguire in sources [1] and [2] above.

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