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203952   Lieutenant George Alexander Maginnis
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 02/03/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 10/05/1911
Died: 18/07/1944 (Killed in Action)
Age: 33
Summary      
George Alexander Maginnis was the son of Edward and Matilda Maginnis. He was born about on 10th May 1911 in Aughnacloy. George attended the Royal School, Armagh. He played rugby for Ulster. George Maginnis was commissioned on 6 September 1941. Lieutenant George Alexander Maginnis was serving with the 1st (Airborne) Battalion of the Royal Ulster Rifles when he was killed in action when he was hit by shrapnel and died almost immediately. George was the uncle of Ken Maginnis, the Northern Irish politician.
Lieutenant George Alexander Maginnis
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George Alexander Maginnis was the oldest son of Edward and Matilda Maginnis. Edward Maginnis and Matilda Tillie Orr were married on 25th September 1907 in the district of Dungannon.
George Alexander Maginnis was born on 10th May 1911. He was the second of at least five children, all born in Aughnacloy.
The 1911 census lists the family at house 85 in Main Street, Aughnacloy. Edward Maginnis was a merchant tailor. The census records the family as having two children. The second child presumably being the new born and as yet unnamed George.
George attended the Royal School, Armagh
He played rugby for Ulster.
George Maginnis was commissioned on 6 September 1941.
Lieutenant George Alexander Maginnis was serving with the 1st (Airborne) Battalion of the Royal Ulster Rifles when he was killed in action.
At 9am on the morning of 18th July 1944, at Le Mesnil, Breville, Lieutenant Maginnis was standing at door of B Company H.Q. when a mortar bomb landed in yard of the farm. Lieutenant Maginnis was hit by shrapnel and died almost immediately.
Lieutenant George Alexander Maginnis was interred in Ranville Cemetery on the following day. He was 33 years old.
The CWGC record Lieutenant G A Maginnis as the son of Edward and Matilda Maginnis, of Aughnacloy, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
George Alexander Maginnis was the uncle of Ken Maginnis. Kenneth Wiggins Maginnis, Baron Maginnis of Drumglass (born 21 January 1938), is a Northern Irish Ulster Unionist Party politician who sits as a Life Peer in the House of Lords. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Fermanagh and South Tyrone from 1983 to 2001.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Main Street, Aughnacloy Aughnacloy Census listing at 85 Main Street 54.415127 -6.976860
References and Links
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1 1911 Census lists Maginnis family Lists family at house 85 in Main Street, Aughnacloy Urban, Tyrone
2 Parachute Regiment Details of Lieutenant George Maginnis
3 Photo, 1st Batt., Royal Ulster Rifles Annotated photo of Lieutenant George Alexander Maginnis
4 ROH, 1st Batt., Royal Ulster Rifles Lists Lieutenant George Alexander Maginnis
5 War diary, Royal Ulster Rifles Brief details of Lieutenant Maginnis' death
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Maginnis' family gravestone can be purchased here
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Lieutenant George Maginnis' gravestone can be purchased here
8 Wartime NI - WW2 Brief details of Lieutenant George Maginnis
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2020