Cuthbert McGinity SJ 1882-1918
Cuthbert McGinity SJ 1882-1918

Cuthbert McGinity SJ

Fr Cuthbert McGinity was born in Liverpool in 1882 and educated at Stonyhurst.  He entered the novitiate in 1900 and served as a teacher at Stamford Hill.  He was ordained in 1916 following which went to France as an army chaplain.   He was mentioned in despatches for his services in 1917.   At the end of November 1917 he was sent to serve in north east Italy.  This was a gruelling campaign with poor supply lines and great hardships, including extreme cold.  Fr McGinity died as a result of exposure on 8th November 1918, four days after the Italian-Austrian armistice.  His story is told in letters from fellow officers:

“on the morning of October 24th we set out with the stretcher bearers of the ambulance in order to join our Brigade, preparatory to crossing the Piave.  The operations were cancelled and we had to spend the nights of 24th and 25th in the open.  On the night of 26th Fr McGinity was found to have a temperature of 101 degrees so we evacuated him immediately.  He arrived at the casualty clearing station on October 31st and died of influenza and pneumonia .. .  I am afraid the primary cause of his illness was the exposure necessitated by two nights spent in the open.  But his was typical of him as he always insisted on being as near as possible, especially when the Brigade was going into action, and there was any chance of casualties occurring.. …There is some consolation in knowing that he made the great sacrifice giving spiritual consolation to those Catholic souls which he loved so dearly.  He was a splendid priest, most zealous and hardworking, in every way a man of God.”