Indian Mutiny Medal to Drummer D. McGuire, 29th Regiment.
Indian Mutiny Medal, no clasp to Drummer D. McGuire, 29th Regiment. Daniel McGuire was born in Waterford, County Waterford, Ireland, and attested for service with the British Army at Edinburgh on 21st August 1841 when agedc 14, joining as a Private (No.1575) the 29th Worcestershire Regiment of Foot. McGuire went on to serve for 21 years, of which 17 years and 1 month was spent overseas, being sent for garrison duty in Mauritius in 1842, and then on to India, where he was present during the First Sikh War in the Sutlej Campaign of 1845 to 1846, being present in action at the battle of Ferozeshuhur from 21st to 22nd December 1845, and then battle of Sobraon on 10th February 1846, where his regiment suffered 186 casualties out of 552 men present, followed by the Second Sikh War in the Punjab Campaign of 1848 to 1849, where he was present in action at the battle of Chilianwala on 13th January 1849, and the battle of Goojerat on 21st February 1849. Ten days later the regiment was with the force which occupied Lahore thus ending the war. McGuire then saw service during the Indian Mutiny, his regiment having been in fact garrisoned in Burma for most of the mutiny, however some 326 men were used to keep open the Grand Trunk Road during the mutiny, and McGuire was one of these men who formed the detachment given this task, as a result of which he received the medal. During his career, McGuire had originally been promoted to Drummer back on 1st April 1842, but reverted to Private on 14th October 1843, and was then appointed to Drummer again on 8th May 1844. Promoted to Corporal on 1st March 1851, he was then tried by Regimental Court Martial on 2nd July 1851, being convicted of drunkenness, and sentenced to be reduced to the ranks and to thirty days imprisonment. Once again appointed to Drummer on 22nd July 1851, he then once again tried by Regimental Court Martial and sentence to forty days imprisonment for drunkenness on 17th May 1854, though his sentence was remitted on 7th June 1854, and he then continued as a Drummer for the remainder of his career. His pension records also state that he served as a Trumpeter for 10 years of his service, and was discharged on 31st October 1865. Good very fine