Lieutenant Colonel Eustace Guinness

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St Alban the Martyr Garrison Church

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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
  • Boer War, Second (1899-1902)
About the memorial: Relocated from Woolwich Garrison, London to Larkhill, Wiltshire and erected on the Memorial Wall outside St Alban the Martyr Garrison Church. Lieut Colonel Eustace Guinness was the second son of Henry Guinness and Emmelina Brown of Burton Hall, Stillorgan, Dublin. He was born in Stillorgan on 14 Jun 1860. Educated at Cheltenham College. He was commissioned into the Royal Artillery from the Royal Military Academy Woolwich in Apr 1879. Promoted to Captain in Sep 1887 and to Major in May 1897. He married Isabel, second daughter of C L Bell of Woolsington Hall, Newcastle-on-Tyne. He deployed to South Africa from Newcastle-on-Tyne with the 84th Battery, Royal Field Artillery. He was mentioned in despatches, (London Gazette 10 Sep 1901). Made Brevet Lieutenant Colonel. He was killed in action at Brakenlaagte when the column commanded by Colonel Benson was attacked by a strong Boer force in mist and rain. His conduct was heroic, twenty-nine out of his thirty-two gunners fell around him where they stood. He was mortally wounded while endeavouring with his own hands to fire a round of case shot. He is also commemorated on an 84th Battery memorial in Primrose cemetery, Johannesburg; on the Royal Artillery Boer War memorial on the Mall, London; on the Eleanor Cross War Memorial at Cheltenham College; in Stillorgan, Ireland and in Newcastle upon Tyne.
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To the memory of Brevet Lieut Colonel Eustace Guinness, Commanding 84th Battery RFA. Served in South Africa 1899-1901. Killed in action at Bakenlaagte 30 Oct 1901 aged 41 years.

Eustace Guinness

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