|Object type||Black & white - Film copy negative|
|Date made||May 1917 - April 1918|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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Studio portrait of Second Lieutenant (2 Lt) (later Lieutenant) Alexander Finnie, 4th Squadron, ...
Studio portrait of Second Lieutenant (2 Lt) (later Lieutenant) Alexander Finnie, 4th Squadron, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), of Botany NSW. A sheet metal worker before enlisting on 21 August 1914, he embarked from Sydney as a Sapper with the 1 Field Company Engineers on HMAT Afric on 18 October 1914. He was evacuated from Gallipoli with gas poisoning on 18 August 1915. He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 22 January 1916, to Second Corporal on 9 March 1916, and to Temporary Corporal on 23 July 1916, this rank becoming permanent on 9 August 1916. On 30 April 1917 he transferred to the AFC, and having graduated as a pilot was promoted to Second Lieutenant on 6 November 1917, then to Lieutenant on 6 February 1918. He was killed in action near Estaires on 22 May 1918, when his plane collided with another 4th Squadron plane while shooting down balloons behind the German lines. He was 25 years old.