Biography

Birth date: 1894
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Stroud
Death date: 1961
Death place: Australia: New South Wales, Chatswood
Final rank: Captain
Service number: 888 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 17th Australian Infantry Battalion

Cuthbert Clive Finlay was born at Stroud, New South Wales during 1894 to Doctor Sinclair and Ethel Finlay. He attended Sydney Grammar School and was a medical student at the University of Sydney at the outbreak of the First World War. Finlay was active in the University of Sydney Scouts and had reached the rank of sergeant.

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 3 March 1915 and was appointed acting corporal in 'C' Company, 17th Battalion. He was promoted to corporal 29 March 1915 and departed Australia with the 17th Battalion aboard HMAT Themistocles on 12 May 1915. Finlay, and the 17th Battalion, arrived at Gallipoli on 20 August 1915 where they remained until the evacuation in December.

Finlay was stationed at Quinn's Post and was promoted to second lieutenant in November 1915. After further training in Egypt, the battalion landed in France on 22 March 1916 and were engaged in the battle of Pozières between 25 July and 5 August 1916. Finlay received a gunshot wound to the arm on 27 July and was evacuated to the 27th Stationary Hospital. He returned to his unit on 12 August 1916 before being transferred to the 5th Training Battalion in November 1916. During April 1917, he was transferred again to a newly raised 61st Battalion.
During April 1917, he attended the Bombing School and left with qualifications as an instructor in bomb throwing. Finlay was promoted to the rank of captain on 22 June 1917 and returned to the 17th Battalion in November 1917.

Finlay returned to Australia aboard HMAT Ceramic and arrived in Sydney on14 March 1919. He was was discharged on 23 May 1919. Cuthbert Finlay returned to the University of Sydney to complete his medical studies and graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine in 1923 followed by a Master of Surgery in 1924.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Date of embarkation: 12 May 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Service Medal

  • Unit: 17th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Unit: 17th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 17th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 17th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Private Record

Finlay, Cuthbert Clive (Captain)

Collection relating to service of Captain Cuthbert Clive Finlay, 17 Battalion, Gallipoli, 1915. Collection includes extracts from a letter to the Australian War Memorial recalling an incident at Quinn's Post, Gallipoli, November 1915. Extracts made by the Australian War Memorial, 1929. Original... Maker: Finlay, Cuthbert Clive

1DRL/0284 (With records)

Photograph

H15199

CAPTAIN CUTHBERT CLIVE FINLAY, 17TH BATTALION, HOLDING A CIGARETTE BOX WHICH WAS THROWN BY THE TURKS INTO A TRENCH AT QUINN'S POST, GALLIPOLI, IN 1915-11. UNDERNEATH THE BOX WAS WRITTEN "PRENEZ AVEC PLAISIR NOTRE HEROS ENNEMIES. ENVOYEZ DU LAIT" (TAKE PLEASURE OUR HEROES' ENEMY. SEND MILK). (PRINT...

H15199

E02598

Group portrait of the Officers of the 17th Battalion. Back row, left to right: Lieutenant (Lt) Robert Cory Worthington; Lt William Leonard Flood MC; Lt Frederick William Tindale Croix de Guerre; Lt Eric Duncan Miller; Lt Frederick Henry Evan Harries; and Lt William Albert Robertson. Middle row: Lt...

E02598

Digitised Collection

Letter from Cuthbert Clive Finlay to Director, Australian War Memorial, 1929

Letter relating to the First World War service of 2nd Lieutenantl Cuthbert Clive Finlay, 17th Battalion. The letter was written by Cuthbert Finlay to the Director of the Australian War Memorial on 9 December 1929. In the letter Finlay recounts the unofficial truce held between Australian and...

RCDIG0000175

Timeline

Date of birth 1894
Date of embarkation 1915-05-12
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-08-20
Date of recommendation honour or award 1919-01-30
Date of recommendation honour or award 1919-02-21
Date of death 1961