FINCHAM, Charles

Service Number: 54
Enlisted: 2 February 1916, Brisbane, Qld.
Last Rank: Company Quartermaster Sergeant
Last Unit: 3rd Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Petersham, New South Wales, Australia, 1892
Home Town: Chatswood, Willoughby, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: 30 January 1963, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Rookwood Cemetery & Crematorium
Zone A Presbyterian 5D 1430
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World War 1 Service

2 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 54, 11th Machine Gun Company, Brisbane, Qld.
5 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, 54, 11th Machine Gun Company
5 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, 54, 11th Machine Gun Company, HMAT Borda, Sydney
4 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Company Quartermaster Sergeant, 54, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Mrs Sarah Ann Fincham, Garth Owen, McIntosh Street, Chatswood, Sydney, New South Wales

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on night of 25th May, 1918, near VILLERS BRTONNEUX, east of AMIENS, when in charge of a limber carrying rations to the front line. The enemy heavily bombarded all roads and valley along which the limber had to pass, with H.E. and gas. The driver was badly wounded and one mule killed. With great presence of mind and a total disregard for his personal safety C.Q.M.S. FINCHAM immediately sent the wounded man and remaining mule to the rear, organised ration parties, which he personally conducted through the barrage. In spite of the fact that the party had to work throughout in their gas masks, he succeeded in delivering the rations without the loss of a single man. By his splendid example of coolness and courage he set a fine example to the remainder of his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).