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Regimental number4234
Place of birthWexford, Ireland
Other NamesFINLAY
ReligionChurch of England
AddressAgent, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Savings Bank Department, Broadmeadows, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 9"
Weight169.5 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Robert Finley, 381 Eva Street, London, Ontario, Canada
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date22 December 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 May 1919
Discharge date19 September 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front.

Embarked Melbourne on HMAT 'Wiltshire', 7 March 1916; transferred to 5th Divisional Ammunition Column, Canal Zone, 16 April 1916, and taken on strength, Ferry Post East, 17 April 1916; posted to No 1 Section, 16 May 1916, and mustered as driver.

Embarked Alexandria on HMT 'Kinsfauncastle' to join British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 29 June 1916.

Admitted to hospital 'in the field', 5 November 1916 (influenza); transferred to New Zealand Division Rest Station, 10 November 1916; discharged, 18 November 1916; returned to 5th Divisional Ammunition Column, 21 November 1916.

Proceeded to United Kingdom on leave, 20 September 1917; rejoined unit, 4 October 1917. Temporarily attached to 18th Australian Army Service Corps, 12 January 1918; returned to unit, 22 January 1918. Proceeded to United Kingdom on leave, 19 November 1918; rejoined unit, 11 December 1918. Moved out to Australian Divisional Base Depot, Havre, 9 April 1919; marched into Australian Divisional Base Depot, Weymouth, for return to Australia, 10 April 1919.

Found guilty, 7 May 1919, of being absent without leave, 11.59 pm, 28 April, to 9.40 pm, 1 May 1919; forfeited total of 9 days' pay.

Embarked Liverpool on 'Durham' for return to Australia, 22 May 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 21 July 1919. Discharged, 19 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FINLEY John

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