Captain George Lush Finlay

Ranks Held Captain, Lieutenant, Second Lieutenant
Birth Date 1891-10-12
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Albert Park
Death Date 1919-02-09
Death Place France: Nord Pas de Calais, Pas de Calais, Camiers
Final Rank Captain
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 5th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1918-11-07
Published in London Gazette in 1918-06-03

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.



Date of birth 12 October 1891
Date of enlistment 21 October 1914
Date of embarkation 16 July 1915
Date of embarkation 28 July 1916
Date of recommendation honour or award 04 March 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 08 March 1918
Date of death 09 February 1919