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Maurice Harold Cuffe Firmin was born in 1888 and was the second son of Nicholas Charles Penny Firmin and Amelia Cuffe Firmin of Northwood, King’s Road, Richmond, Surrey. He was educated at St. Paul’s School in West London.

During his time at St. Paul’s School he was part of Wainwrights house soccer team that won the Football Cup in 1906. The team at this time was captained by who would later become known as Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery.

Initially serving as a Private soldier in the Royal Fusiliers (number 971) Firmin’s appointment to temporary Second Lieutenant in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment appeared in the London Gazette on 15th January 1915. His next entry relates to his promotion to Lieutenant on 6th July 1915, this being gazetted in October 1915 upon transfer from the 11th Reserve Battalion to the Regular Forces. This move was supposedly cancelled in November (London Gazette 11 Nov 15) however he was attached to the Regular Forces, 1st Battalion LNL, when he was killed in action on 26th February 1916 near Arras. He had been in France since 18th August 1915.

The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News reported his death on 18th March 1916.

A well-known Old Pauline and London and Westminster Bank Rugby player fell in action on the Western Front on February 26th in the person of Lt. M. H. C. Firmin. He was attached to the 1st Battalion Loyal North Lancs. Regiment. He played for the United Banks XV.

For his war service Maurice’s next of kin would receive his 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Allied Victory medal. They would also receive a memorial plaque and scroll bearing his name and in recognition of his sacrifice.

Lieutenant Firmin is remembered on the Arras Memorial. His papers are available at TNA reference WO 339/5773.

Rank: Lieutenant
Date of Death: 26/02/1916
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 11th Bn. attd. 1st Bn.

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