GUINNESS, Francis Benjamin Hart
(Service number 7/921)

First Rank Lieutenant Last Rank Second Lieutenant


Date 8 December 1891 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 14 December 1914 Age
Address at Enlistment Rhodes St. Waimate, New Zealand
Occupation Clerk, Guinness & Le Cren
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Edwin Roland Guinness (Father) care of Guinness and Le Cren, Timaru
Religion Anglican
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 4th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Date 17 April 1915
Transport Willochra or Knight Templar or Waitomo
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Battalion

Military Awards

Campaigns Egypt 1915, Balkans (Gallipoli) 1915
Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 25 August 1915 Age 24
Place of Death At sea, HMHS Glouchester Castle (ex Gallipoli)
Cause Died of wounds
Memorial or Cemetery Lone Pine Memorial, Lone Pine Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey.
Memorial Reference Memorial 71
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Timaru Boys High School War Memorial (Library); Waimataitai School War Memorial?; South Canterbury Savage Club Roll of Honour; Memorial plaque, St Mary's Church, Timaru

Biographical Notes

Francis was the son of Edwin Roland and Florence Annie Guinness of Timaru/

The 1909 Timaru Technical School roll book has an entry for Bing Hart Guinness whose occupation was given as “accountant”. His age was listed as 17.8 years and he was taking a course in book keeping.


Auckland War Memorial Cenotaph Database (Sept 2013);Timaru Technical School Rolls (SCRoll web submission from J James, Mountainview High School, 20 April 2015); Military personnel file via Archives New Zealand (March 2015); NZ Births, Deaths and Marriages at (April 2015)

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