Topic: Cecil George Guinness (1894-1917)

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Cecil George Guinness worked as a warehouseman for Guinness Brothers at No. 1 The Strand in Tauranga. During World War I he was killed in action at Ypres in Belgium on 19 October 1917. Story by Debbie McCauley.

Cecil George Guinness was born in Dunedin on 20 June 1894. He was the son of Frank Hart and Jessie Barbara Guinness (nee Bannatyne) who married in New Zealand in 1877 (reg. 1877/660). His father died at the Douglas Hotel in Dunedin on 1 April 1895, a couple of months before Cecil's first birthday. Jessie remarried to John George Green (1856-1944) in 1897 (reg. 1897/1375).

In March 1908 the family moved to Wharf Street in Tauranga. Cecil's brothers John Arthur Daniel Guinness (1883-1962) and Sidney Oswald Guinness (1885-1969) purchased the Tauranga business belonging to Messrs Mann and Company. Tauranga's Guinness Brothers opened for business at No. 1 The Strand in 1908.

Cecil was employed as a warehouseman for Guinness Brothers.

Cecil was a volunteer fireman, hockey player, footballer and Kings College Old Boy.

He signed up to serve during World War I on 12 January 1916, becoming a Corporal with the Auckland Infantry Battalion.

Cecil was killed in action at Ypres in Belgium on 19 October 1917. He was aged 23. Cecil is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Cecil George Guinness (1894-1917)


Archives New Zealand: Military Personnel File.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Record.

Births, Deaths and Marriages Online (New Zealand).


A version of this article was archived in August 2016 at Perma CC

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Cecil George Guinness (1894-1917)

Note:Service Number: 11463
First Names:Cecil George
Last Name:Guinness
Date of Birth:20 June 1894
Place of Birth:Dunedin
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:19 October 1917
Place of death:Ypres, Belgium
Place of burial:Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Fathers name:Frank Hart Guinness
Fathers date of birth:1851
Fathers place of birth:Pandowl Bihar, India
Fathers date of death:1 April 1895
Fathers place of death:Douglas Hotel, Dunedin, New Zealand
Mothers name:Jessie Barbara Bannatyne
Mothers date of birth:1856
Mothers place of birth:Victoria, Australia
Mothers date of death:August 1932
Mothers place of death:Morrinsville, New Zealand
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)