Leo Aloysius (Mick) MCGUINNESS

MCGUINNESS, Leo Aloysius

Service Numbers: 727, 727C
Enlisted: 29 November 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Quirindi, New South Wales, Australia, December 1883
Home Town: Toronto, New South Wales
Schooling: Toronto Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Miner
Died: Killed in Action, France, 27 June 1918
Cemetery: La Kreule Military Cemetery, Hazebrouck
I. F. 15.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Toronto Public School Pupils HB
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World War 1 Service

29 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 727, 1st Machine Gun Company
21 Jun 1917: Involvement Private, 727, 1st Machine Gun Company
21 Jun 1917: Embarked Private, 727, 1st Machine Gun Company, HMAT Suevic, Melbourne
27 Jun 1918: Involvement Private, 727C, 2nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery

Awaiting memorialisation at Sandgate Cemetery.

104 years ago today, on the 27th June 1918, Private Leo (Mick) Aloysius McGuinness, 2nd Battalion (Reg No-727C), miner from Toronto, New South Wales, was Killed in Action, age 35?

Born at Quirindi, New South Wales about 1883 to Daniel (died 12.9.1915, of Gulliver Street, Hamilton Park, N.S.W.) and Teresa Bridget (Theresa, died 4.6.1919, of "Rosallen", Toronto, N.S.W.) McGuinness, Leo enlisted November 1916 with the 1st Australian Machine Gun Company at Newcastle, N.S.W.

Leo is resting at La Kreule Military Cemetery, Hazebrouck, France. Plot I Row F Grave 15.

Mr. McGuinness’s name has been inscribed on the Toronto Public School Roll of Honour, Toronto Soldiers' Memorial (photos, unveiled on the 30th September 1922, 115 names inscribed, 21 Fallen), Toronto Red Cross Honour Roll, Catherine Hill Bay Roll of Honour and the Catherine Hill Bay Honour Roll of Soldiers.

There is no headstone at parent’s curbed gravesite, therefore no memorial inscription to tell us of their son’s supreme sacrifice during The Great War, so July 2020 I placed a Memorial cross adorned with poppies in remembrance of Leo’s service and sacrifice for God, King & Country. CATHOLIC 1-08. 24.

Younger brother Charles Alphonsus (served as McGUINESS, Reg No-955, 36th Battalion, born 1888, died 1963, Sydney, N.S.W.) also served 1st A.I.F.

Older brother Denis L (served as McGUINESS, Reg No-2610, 33rd Battalion, born 1879, died 1957, Newcastle, N.S.W.) also served 1st A.I.F.

Older brother Daniel James (born 1873, died 1944, Toronto, N.S.W.) enlisted but did not serve.

Contact with descendants would be greatly appreciated.

Lest We Forget.