Second Lieutenant George Lush Finlay

Birth Date 12 October 1891
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Albert Park
Death Date 09 February 1919
Death Place France: Nord Pas de Calais, Pas de Calais, Camiers
Final Rank Second Lieutenant
Units
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 7 November 1918 on page 2111 at position 54
London Gazette 3 June 1918 on page 6473 at position 36

George Lush Finlay was born on 12 October 1891 to William Seymour and Margaret Finlay at Albert Park, Victoria. He received his education at Hawthorn College and became a qualified accountant. On 12 May 1915 he became a commissioned officer in the Australian Imperial Force after training at the Officer's Training School, Broadmeadows. Finlay departed Australia for Alexandria with the 5th Battalion, 7th Reinforcements aboard HMAT Demosthenes on 16 July 1915. Finlay joined the battalion at Gallipoli but was hospitalised on 18 January 1916 with enteric fever and returned to Australia for three months aboard HS Nestor. Finlay departed Australia again on 28 July 1916 aboard HMAT Themistocles with 5th Battalion, 19th Reinforcements and re-joined his unit on the Somme during October 1916. It was at this time that he was also promoted to lieutenant. Finlay stayed with this unit when they moved to Ypres in 1917 and was awarded the Military Cross for his actions at Ypres on 3 June 1918. Between January and August 1918, Finlay was attached for duty to the 1st Division Headquarters and 2nd Australian Infantry Brigade. He returned to the 5th Battalion in October 1918 and was promoted to captain on 27 October 1918. Finlay became ill during January 1919and was admitted to the 20th General Hospital with influenza on 4 February 1919. George Lush Finlay did not recover from his illness and died on 9 February 1919 at 20th General Hospital in Camierts, France. He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.

Rolls

  • Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

    Rank
    Captain
    Unit
    5th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • Roll of Honour

    Rank
    Captain
    Fate
    Illness
    Date of Fate
    09 February 1919
    Service
    Australian Army
    Unit
    5th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Second Lieutenant
    Place of Embarkation
    Melbourne
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Demosthenes A64
    Date of Embarkation
    16 July 1915
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Second Lieutenant
    Place of Embarkation
    Melbourne
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Themistocles A32
    Date of Embarkation
    28 July 1916
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918

Honours & Awards

  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Military Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    5th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant
    London Gazette
    3 June 1918 on page 6473 at position 36
    Commonwealth Gazette
    7 November 1918 on page 2111 at position 54
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Military Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    08 March 1918
    Unit
    5th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Military Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    04 March 1918
    Unit
    5th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant

Timeline

Date of birth 1891-10-12
Date of embarkation 1915-07-16
Date of embarkation 1916-07-28
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-03-04
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-03-08
Date of death 1919-02-09

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