Biography

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: Captain
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 5th Australian Infantry Battalion

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 and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Captain
  • Date of Death: 09 February 1919
  • Unit: 5th Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Date of embarkation: 16 July 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Date of embarkation: 28 July 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

  • Rank: Captain
  • Unit: 5th Australian Infantry Battalion

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Unit: 5th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Unit: 5th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Military Cross

  • Unit: 5th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Photograph

P10480.002

Studio portrait of Second Lieutenant (2nd Lt) Brian More O'Sullivan (left) and 2nd Lt George Lush Finlay, 7th Reinforcements, 5th Battalion taken on the day of their embarkation. Both men embarked from Melbourne on HMAT Demosthenes on 16 July 1915. 2nd Lt O'Sullivan, a medical student from...

P10480.002

E01815

Locre, Belgium. 21 February 1918. Group portrait of the NCOs of the 5th Battalion. Left to right, back row: Corporal J. C. Skinner (standing slightly forward); Cpl B. Frank; Cpl M. D. Philliponi; Cpl C. Chapman; Cpl G. Booley; Cpl A. C. Scott; Cpl Finlay; Cpl L. A. Hill; Cpl G. Muir; unidentified;...

E01815

Private Record

Finlay, George Lush (Captain), MC

Collection relating to service of Captain George Lush Finlay MC, 5 Battalion, Gallipoli and France, 1915-1918. Collection includes diaries written during service at Gallipoli, return to Australia due to illness, return to France and final illness. Maker: Finlay, George Lush

1DRL/0285 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Diary for George Lush Finlay, 1915-1918

Diary relating to the First World War service of Captain George Lush Finlay MC, 5th Battalion. The diary was written by George Finlay between 10 June 1915 and 1 August 1918. The diary describes his journey to Egypt, time at Gallipoli, evacuation due to enteric fever, his brief return to...

RCDIG0000245

Diary for George Lush Finlay, 1918-1919

Diary relating to the First World War service of Captain George Lush Finlay MC, 5th Battalion. The diary was written by George Finlay between 23 November 1918 to 19 January 1919. The diary covers the end of the war and records an emotional farewell to men returning to Australia.

RCDIG0000246

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