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Frederick Arthur FINCH

Regimental number3086
Place of birthBalmain, Sydney, New South Wales
SchoolBirchgrove State School, Balmain, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationShip's fireman
AddressTennyson Road, Tennyson, Ryde, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 8.5"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs S Finch, Tennyson Road, Tennyson, Ryde, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 September 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3086A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death21.4
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 13), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Field of Mars Cemetery, Ryde, New South Wales ('He gave his life for his country'). Photo: Peter Dennis. Parents: William Henry and Susan FINCH, 'Aloha', Tennyson Road, Gladesville. Native of Balmain, New South Wales. 13
Family/military connectionsBrother
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to, and proceeded to 56th Bn from 5th Training Bn, Zeitoun, 16 February 1916; taken on strength of 56th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Detached to School of Instruction, 14 May 1916; rejoined unit from School of Instruction, Ferry Post, 26 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FINCH Frederick Arthur

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