Lieutenant Francis Maguire

Lt Maguire led the Forlorn Hope of 1st Battalion 4th Foot into the breaches of San Sebastian on 31st August 1813, his 21st birthday. He and his men had cleared the sea wall and approached the breach where he was killed. His men continued the assault. This painting of Maguire as he was hit by a defender's bullet is by J P Beadle and was hung in the Royal Academy for some years. It is now in the officer's mess. Lieutenant Maguire was born in the regiment and was regarded as a prominent character in it. He carried a silver beaker with him throughout the campaign, which survives to this day and is placed before the CO of the 1st Battalion of the present regiment, The Royal Lancasters, on dinner nights.

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