No. 2768, ‘B’ Company, 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment
Killed in action on Saturday 9 September 1916 (aged 29)
Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, France (Grave XXIII. G. 4)
Family grave headstone in Ballyphilip Roman Catholic Graveyard Portaferry
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
Private Thomas Guiney (No. 2768) is commemorated on the family grave headstone in Ballyphilip Roman Catholic Graveyard Portaferry:
In loving memory of
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