Magrath DSO, Meyrick Myles

Magrath, Meyrick Myles

Distinguished Service Order

Major

291st Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery

Killed in action on Friday 2 August 1918 (aged 29)

Buried:

Montigny Communal Cemetery, France (Grave C. 13)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

Meyrick Myles (sometimes Myler) Magrath was born on 24 May 1889 in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India and he was the only son of Lieutenant Colonel Charles William Stanford Magrath (Royal Army Medical Corps) and Laura Katherine Magrath who at one time lived in Ivy House, Ballycastle, Co Antrim.

Meyrick Myles Magrath was educated at Wellington College and he got his first commission from the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich on 18 December 1908.  He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 18 December 1911 and then Captain on 18 December 1914.  He was slightly wounded in November 1914

Major Meyrick Myles Magrath was 29 when he was killed in action on 2 August 1918, some four months after the birth of his son Meyrick James Magrath.  The Magrath family lived at Dorking House, Cosham, Hants.

There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

OH GRAVE WHERE IS THY VICTORY

In the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Debt of Honour Website it is recorded that Major Meyrick Myles Magrath was the husband of Rose Austin Worsley (formerly Magrath), of Breamore House, Ballywalter, Co Down.

Major Magrath’s father died on 19 May 1924.