Guiney, Thomas (No. 2768)

Guiney, Thomas

Private

No. 2768, ‘B’ Company, 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment

Killed in action on Saturday 9 September 1916 (aged 29)

Buried:

Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, France (Grave XXIII. G. 4)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family grave headstone in Ballyphilip Roman Catholic Graveyard Portaferry

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt Guinea.

Thomas Guiney was born on 16 February 1887 in the townland of Ballyphilip, Portaferry and he was a son of Thomas and Eliza Jane Guiney (nee Cord) who were married on 31 March 1877.

The Guiney family lived in Big Back Lane, Portaferry.

Thomas Guiney worked as a labourer and then as a sailor; Eliza Jane Guiney worked as a seamstress and they had four children:

Elizabeth (Eliza) Jane (born 23 July 1878 in Portaferry; died 10 February 1914)

Mary Catherine (born 22 March 1881 in Portaferry)

Thomas (born 16 February 1887 in Portaferry)

Annie (born 2 August 1893 in Portaferry)

Their mother, Eliza Jane, died on 2 August 1922 (aged 64).

Thomas Guiney Junior lived in Portaferry and he worked as a labourer.  He was a member of the Irish National Volunteers before he enlisted in Newtownards.  Private Thomas Guiney served with the 6th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment in 47th Brigade of the 16th (Irish) Division and he was 29 when he was killed in action on 9 September 1916 at Guinchy.

Private Thomas Guiney (No. 2768) was buried in Delville Wood Cemetery, France and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

O SACRED HEART OF JESUS

HAVE MERCY ON HIS SOUL

R.I.P.

Private Thomas Guiney (No. 2768) is commemorated on the family grave headstone in Ballyphilip Roman Catholic Graveyard Portaferry:

In loving memory of

Catherine Guiney

Died 16 March 1957

Her father Thomas

Died 10 September 1910

Her sister Elizabeth McGraddy

Died 10 February 1914

Her brother-in-law Joseph McGraddy

Died 27 September 1915

Her brother Thomas

Killed in France 9 September 1916

Her mother Jane

Died 2 August 1922

REST IN PEACE