(Service number 12/3637)

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Date 9 January 1878 Place of Birth Christchurch, N Z

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Engine driver
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs J. FINLAYSON (mother), Tinwald, Ashburton
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 9th Reinforcements, Auckland Infantry Battalion, A Company
Date 8 January 1916
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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No information

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 6 September 1925 Age 47 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Raetihi Cemetery
Memorial Reference Row 4, Plot 31
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Donald Finlayson was the son of Alexander Finlayson. He was educated at Orari Bridge and Woodbury schools among others. His brother Robert also served in World War I, and brother Kenneth Cross Finlayson was killed in action in 1916 in France.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [11 January 2018]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [30 December 2017]; Raetihi Cemetery headstone transcription (South Canterbury Branch NZSG cemetery records [Jan 2018]

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Teresa Scott, SC branch NZSG

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