James McGuire VC (1827 – 22 December 1862) was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. The V.C. was later forfeited.


He was about 30 years old, and a sergeant in the 1st Bengal European Fusiliers (later The Royal Munster Fusiliers), Bengal Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place on 14 September 1857 at Delhi, India for which he together with Drummer Miles Ryan were awarded the VC:

Further information

One of eight men whose VCs were forfeited. McGuire's VC was forfeited after he was convicted of stealing a cow. He died in Derry, Ireland, 22 December 1862.

The medal

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the National Army Museum ''(Chelsea, England)''.


Listed in order of publication year * ''The Register of the Victoria Cross'' (1981, 1988 and 1997) * * ''Ireland's VCs'' (Dept of Economic Development 1995) * ''Monuments to Courage'' (David Harvey, 1999) * ''Irish Winners of the Victoria Cross'' (Richard Doherty & David Truesdale, 2000)

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Location of grave and VC medal
''(Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland)''

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