L/Cpl John McGuire 2SAS and 'Baobab'

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  1. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    I have discovered that L/Cpl John McGuire, Pioneer Corps and 2SAS, died on 20 February 1944 and is buried in Bari War Cemetery, to where he was transferred from Bari Civil Cemetery (concentration form).

    Operation Maple (Thistledown & Driftwood)
    Is he the same Corporal McGuire, mentioned on this forum in the thread Operation Maple (Thistledown and Driftwood) regarding the Baobab operation? I don't have a full list of the members of Baobab though know that two of them were Laws and Dowell. Were the other two Miller and McGuire?:

    The dories left the destroyer at 23.50 hours and reached the beach where Lieutenant LAWS was standing at 00.15 hours. Lieutenant LAWS led the demolition party to the bridge and the defence party to the positions which he had selected. The laying of the charges occupied about half an hour. The charge was laid in one strip across the bridge under both tracks from where the ballas t was removed. By the time this was completed the Italians in the Carabinieri barracks had succeeded in opening the door from which they debouched and challenged. Corporal McGUIRE replied in Italian that a working party was repairing the line and they remained quiet for a few minutes. Meanwhile the main party had been drawn to the dories and Lieutenant MILLER was preparing to set off the charges, which had a ten minute delay, when the Italians opened fire. He completed his task, jumped over the bridge, and returned to the dory. The boats then put out to sea and for the first 400 yards the Italians fired in their direction. The fire appeared to be coming from on the bridge and in its neighbourhood. The light of a torch directed downward could be seen as though a search was being made of the bridge. Twelve minutes after Lieutenant MILLER had left the bridge a violent explosion occurred at 01.12 hours; it resembled the petals of an orange coloured flower opening, while fragments of incandescent material were thrown through the air. It is reasonable to assume that a considerable proportion of the Carabinieri were amounts this debris as they were last seen on the bridge. Blue flashes came from the overhead electric power lines which must have also been damaged.

    Does anyone have any information about his death?

    Vitellino

    Edited:
    Also ini Bari War Cemetery is Guardsman Maurice Joseph Reynolds, Irish Guards, and 2 SAS. See Conc Form. Any info. on Guardsman Reynolds would also be appreciated. Thanks




     

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    UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
    Name: Maurice Reynolds
    Given Initials: M J
    Rank: Guardsman
    Death Date: 11 Dec 1943
    Number: 2718228
    Birth Place: Eire
    Residence: Eire
    Regiment at Enlistment: Irish Guards
    Branch at Enlistment: Foot Guards
    Theatre of War: North Africa
    Regiment at Death: Irish Guards
    Branch at Death: Foot Guards

    UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921 and 1939-1947
    Name: Maurice Joseph Reynolds
    Age: 30
    Birth Date: abt 1913
    Death Date: 11 Dec 1943
    Cemetery: Bari War Cemetery It. 4.
    Burial Country: Italy
    Regimental Number: 2718228
    Region or Memorial: Italy

    Ireland, Civil Registration Births Index, 1864-1958
    Name: Maurice Joseph Reynolds
    Date of Registration: Apr-May-Jun 1913
    Registration district: Granard
    Birth Country: Ireland
    Volume: 3
    Page: 137
    FHL Film Number: 101075

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  4. Tricky Dicky

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    Lance Corporal
    MCGUIRE, JOHN
    Service Number 3314921
    Died 20/02/1944
    Aged 22
    Pioneer Corps
    and 2nd
    Special Air Service Regiment, A.A.C.
    Son of William and Elizabeth McGuire, of Glasgow.
    Casualty

    Looking at the above perhaps some of our Scottish members could help out - there may be news articles etc

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