Francis Benjamin Hart Guinness

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.

According to official records he was wounded in the charge, died three days later on the hospital ship “Gloucester Castle” and was buried at sea. According to a letter to his parents from his brother Jack, however, he successfully reached the bottom of a ravine but in the charge up the hill was cut down by machine gun fire. Aged 24. No known grave and is listed on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli.

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