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Hugh McGuire, Legion d'Honneur

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  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "World War Two hero Hugh Maguire, from County Fermanagh, will be buried on Thursday.
    The 98-year-old was the last known surviving member of the Royal Ulster Rifles who took part in the D-Day landings.
    He received the Legion d'Honneur, France's highest honour for bravery, in 2015, and the UK gallantry medal.
    Years after capturing a notorious Nazi SS officer, the pair ended up working for the same Scottish coal company.
    The captured soldier was Anton Gecas, a platoon commander with the 12th police battalion, which killed tens of thousands of Jewish civilians during the Second World War.
    Mr Gecas would go on to work for the National Coal Board in Scotland as an engineer, at the same time as Hugh Maguire.
    Mr Maguire grew up in Drumboughlin, Maguiresbridge, County Fermanagh, but lived in Armadale, Scotland, for most of his life after returning from war.
    He died peacefully on 29 August.
    A piper and bugler from the Royal Irish Regiment will play at his funeral on Thursday morning."
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