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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

James Steel FINLAY

Born 1877 in Stawell, Victoria, Australia [15] [30]
Son of John FINLAY and Agnes SUTHERLAND [15]
Contractor in Three Springs, Western Australia 1913-1915 [19] [50]
Mining Blacksmith in Sandstone, Western Australia in 1915 [30: item 3900847]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 20 December 1915 at the Blackboy Hill military camp [30: item 3900847]
Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 7½ inches tall, weighed 150 pounds and had blue eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion [30]
Gave his sister Miss Margaret FINLAY as his next of kin, her address being Stawell, Victoria, Australia [30]
After training at Blackboy Hill he was appointed on 7 January 1916 to the 4th Reinforcements of the Field Company Engineers [30]
Embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A67 Orsova on 11 March 1916 [18]
Disembarked in Alexandria, Egypt on 14 April 1916 and after further training proceeded to France on 7 June 1916 [30]
Sapper 6460 in the Australian Imperial Force's 13th Field Company Engineers in France during the First World War [30]
Invalided to England on 29 July 1918 and admitted to the Fulham Military Hospital, after his right leg was fractured in an accident [30]
Embarked from London, England on his return to Australia on the Orontes on 20 December 1918 [30]
Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 21 March 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
His name appears on the Three Springs Honour Board, which was unveiled on Tuesday 3 June 1919 [9: 6-Jun-1919] [10: 13-Jun-1919]
In 1923 was living in Bakers Hill, Western Australia [30]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'James Steel Finlay' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 22 August 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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