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Private Owen McGuinness

2nd Battalion Highland Light Infantry
Service No: B / 9105

Owen McGuinness grave

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Son of Owen McGuinness

Born / Resided

Donagh, Co. Monaghan / 59d Calder St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 25/09/1915

Enlisted

Hamilton

Employed

Clydesdale Iron and Steel Works

Age

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Buried / Remembered

Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

A little west of the crossroads known to the army as 'Windy Corner' was a house used as a battalion headquarters and dressing station. The cemetery grew up beside this house. The original cemetery is now Plots I and II and Rows A to S of Plot III. It was begun by the 2nd Division in January 1915, and used extensively by the 4th (Guards) Brigade in and after February. It was closed at the end of May 1916, when it contained 681 graves. After the Armistice it was increased when more than 2,700 graves were brought in from the neighbouring battlefields. Guards Cemetery contains 3,445 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 2,198 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 36 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials commemorate six casualties buried in Indian Village North Cemetery, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire, and five Indian soldiers originally buried in the Guards Cemetery but afterwards cremated in accordance with the requirements of their faith.

Additional Information

Owen was Killed in Action on the opening day of the Battle of Loos. He was 1 of 78 men from the Memorial to pay the ultimate sacrifice on this disastrous 1st day of the Battle

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