The four grandsons of Arthur and Olivia Guinness – Frank Guinness, William Guinness, Michael Burke, and Arthur Burke – came Down Under to find a better world. In general terms it can be said that they succeeded, and left behind them the hostilities and bitterness of the old world. Their descendants, however, were eventually to find that somehow those old conflicts were replaced with new ones – the First and Second World Wars. Three of those cousins had family who paid the ultimate price and it seemed appropriate to honour them on this site. They are listed in order of their date of death.

Francis Benjamin Hart Guinness, 2nd Lieutenant, third son of Edwin Rowland and Florence Annie Guinness, of Timaru, grandson of Frank and Catherine Guinness. Went to Gallipoli with the Canterbury Mounted Rifles. In the afternoon of 21 August 1915 he was part of a frontal attack against Turkish forces holding Hill 60.

Hubert John Burke, Lance-Corporal, son of Michael Burke jnr and Edythe Ridley, of Upper Moutere, grandson of Michael and Maria Burke. Served in France with the 2nd Battalion, Canterbury Regiment.  In battle at Armentiere on 29 May 1916 he suffered leg injuries from which he died two days later, aged 23. Buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery. 

Arthur Grattan Guinness, 2nd Lieutenant, second son of Edwin and Florence Guinness, Timaru, grandson of Frank and Catherine Guinness. Served with NZ Rifle Brigade. Killed in action at the Battle of Passchendaele, Belgium, 12 October 1917. No known grave. Is commemorated on the Memorial Wall at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium.

Cecil George Guinness, Private, youngest son of Frank and Jessie Guinness, Dunedin, grandson of Frank and Catherine Guinness. Served with Auckland Battalion. Killed in action at the Battle of Passchendaele, Belgium, 19 October 1917, aged 23. No known grave. Is commemorated on the Memorial Wall at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium.

Michael Ian Adamson, Lance-Corporal, fourth son of Marianne and Henry Adamson, grandson of Michael and Maria Burke, of Christchurch. Served with 2nd Battalion, Canterbury Regiment. Suffered head wounds in battle on 29 March 1918, at Etaples, France, and died the following day. Aged 23. Buried in Etaples Cemetery.
 

Frank Vernon Adamson, third son of Marianne and Henry Adamson, grandson of Michael and Maria Burke.  Served in the NZ Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion. Wounded in July 1916 and recovered. Killed in action 31 October 1918, Le Cateau, France.  Buried in Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
 

Evelyn John Guinness, younger son of Evelyn and Lucy Guinness, grandson of Edward and Emma Guinness and great grandson of Rev William and Harriette Day Guinness. Served with the Australian Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Killed in a motor vehicle accident in Melbourne on 6 August 1942, aged 30 (“Argus” 8 August 1942).

Philip Humphrey Adamson, Sapper, fifth son of Marianne and Henry Adamson, grandson of Michael and Maria Burke. Served with Royal NZ Engineers. Died after accidentally falling from balcony at his quarters in Alexandria, Egypt, 3 October 1942, aged 32.  Buried in Hadra War Memorial Cemetery, Alexandria.

 

Cecil Warren Guinness, eldest son of Sidney and May Guinness, Tauranga, great grandson of Frank & Catherine Guinness, served with NZ Machine Gun Battalion. Killed after allied air attack on Acquila railyard in Italy while he was a passenger in train going to POW camp, 8 December 1943 aged 24.  Buried at Ancona War Cemetery.
 

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