McGusty, George Ross

He was the son of George Alfred McGusty of 35 Leeson Park, Dublin and before entering Mr. Beloe’s House was with Mr. E.F. Johns at Winton House. He was the best pianist of his time at Winchester; he played three times in concerts as well as at a number of recitals. In 1911, he went to Oriel College, Oxford, and became deeply interested in the study of theology; he was also a keen supporter of the Oxford Bermondsey Mission, and frequently visited the clubs during his vacations.

In August 1914, he joined the Inns of Courts O.T.C. and in the following November obtained a commission in the 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, proceeding to France in October 1915 with the Ulster Division. He died of wounds at Abbeville on June 14th 1916.

A brass plaque in his memory was erected in the north aisle of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. It reads: To the Glory of God and in proud and loving memory of GEORGE ROSS McGUSTY, Lieutenant 8th Battn Royal Irish Rifles Only child of George & Louisa McGusty, of this City Born the 12th July 1893 He died the 14th June 1916 At Abbeville in France From wounds received in action On the Somme battlefield. “Faithful Unto Death”.

His parents retired to Cheltenham, where they lie in the cemetery; their joint tombstone also records their son: George Alfred McGUSTY, K.C, Of the Irish Bar, 21 June 1930, 65 Lieut George Ross McGUSTY, son, 8th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, who died 14 June 1916, 22 of wounds received in action, He rests in the Military Cemetery at Abbeville, France Louisa Mary, widow & mother of above, 21 April 1948, 85

War: World War 1

  • Surname: McGusty
  • Forenames or initials: George Ross
  • House: K
  • Years in School: 1907-1911
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Irish Rifles
  • Date of Birth: 12th July 1893
  • Date of Death: 14th June 1916
  • How Died: Died of wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E2
  • Decoration: NA