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St Peter's 13-18

Brian McGuire

B McGuireDate of Birth: 24/04/1893

At St Peter's: 1906-1907

At Sedbergh: 1907-1912

Home: Cullingworth

Date of Death: 14/09/1914

Regiment: Royal Dublin Fusiliers (2nd Lieutenant)

Cemetery: Vauxbuin French National Cemetery

Brian McGuire's obituary was printed in the same issue of The Sedberghian as that of Jonathan Knowles, who was the first Sedbergh old boy to be claimed by the Great War. McGuire fell three weeks later during the first Battle of the Marne.

He entered Sedbergh's School House in 1907 and records demonstrate that he participated in all sorts of activities here. As a keen speaker he addressed the Sedgwick Society on more than one occasion, played roles in Mock Parliaments and took part in debates with such motions as 'Life in the town is preferable to that in the country', 'The worthlessness of polar expeditions', 'Roller skating is the limit', 'Commercialism is the curse of the age' and 'State control of the railways is desirable'.

He was the secretary of the Navy League, in which position he won the Lower School Book Prize and the Navy League Essay Prize. He was a Corporal in the OTC, he played in the forwards for the 2nd XV and he was on the 2nd XI.

The Sedberghian provided the following account of his schooldays: 'From the start this large-limbed, warm-hearted, impulsive Irishman was a noticeable figure: he made up his mind to get as much as he could out of the life and training here, and largely owing to his own energy, frequently plodding round Black Force when opportunity offered, he was able to run with credit in the Three Mile, and became a formidable member of the 2nd XV.'

He moved to Sandhurst in 1913, passing out the following January. He re-visited Sedbergh in the Easter and reportedly spoke highly of his experiences at Sandhurst and of his desire to help the School's OTC. He received a Commission into the 1st Royal Dublin Fusiliers in April 1914, four months before the beginning of the war. His obituary continued: 'gigantic and formidable must he have looked in full uniform and busby. We feel sure, without being told, that his cheerfulness enlivened the trenches, and his impetuous energy and dash inspirited the march and the charge.'

He was killed instantly by a fragment of shell near Soissons on 14 September 1914, at the age of 20.

He is buried at Vauxbuin French National Cemetery.

(Thanks to Sedbergh School Archives for sharing this information)