Walter Richard FINN


FINN, Walter Richard

Service Number: 3058
Enlisted: 28 November 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 33rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Little Plains, Inverell, New South Wales, Australia, November 1895
Home Town: Inverell, Inverell, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Purulent Bronchitis , Fovant Military Hospital, Wiltshire, England, 13 May 1918
Cemetery: Compton Chamberlayne Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

28 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3058, 33rd Infantry Battalion
24 Jan 1917: Involvement Private, SN 3058, 33rd Infantry Battalion
24 Jan 1917: Embarked Private, SN 3058, 33rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 22 and the son of Richard Francis and Jane Finn, of Little Plain, New South Wales.

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland

Died on this date – 13th May.... Private Walter Richard Finn was born in 1895 at Little Plains, Inverell, NSW. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 28th November, 1916 as a 21 year old Farmer. It was noted in the Medical examination that Walter Finn’s trigger finger was deformed.

Private Finn embarked from Sydney on HMAT Anchises (A68) on 24th January, 1917 with the 33rd Infantry Battalion, 7th Reinforcements & disembarked at Devonport, England on 27th March, 1917.

Private Finn was marched in to Australian Details at Fovant, Wiltshire, on 2nd April, 1917 from Australia. He was posted to 9th Training Battalion at Durrington, Wiltshire on 7th April, 1917.

Private Finn was admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, Wiltshire on 9th April, 1917 with Mumps. He was discharged to Depot on 25th April, 1917.

Private Finn was admitted to Parkhouse Hospital, Wiltshire on 26th April, 1917 from 9th Training Battalion.

On 17th May, 1917 Private Finn was admitted to 2nd Scottish General Hospital with Pharyngitis. He was transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield on 27th June, 1917. Private Finn was marched in to No. 2 Command Depot at Weymouth, Dorset on 2nd July, 1917 from Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield.

Private Finn was admitted to Sutton Veny Military Hospital, Wiltshire on 17th October, 1917 with Tonsillitis. He was discharged on 20th October, 1917.
Private Finn was written up for a Crime at Trowbridge, Wiltshire - A.W.L. (absent without leave) from 24.00 on 21st November, 1917 until apprehended by Military Police at Trowbridge at 07.05 on 1st December, 1917. He had also neglected to obey A.I.F. standing orders No. 2626 on 13th November, 1917 regarding railway travel. Private Finn was awarded 28 days F. P. (Field Punishment) No. 2 & was in custody awaiting trial for 1 day. He also forfeited 39 days’ pay.

Private Finn was admitted to Hurdcott Group Hospital, Wiltshire on 26th January, 1918 with influenza & transferred on 28th February, 1918 to Fovant Military Hospital, Wiltshire with pneumonia & cardiac failure – seriously ill.

Private Walter Finn died at 9.20 p.m. on 13th May, 1918 of Bronchitis Purulent at the Military Hospital at Fovant, Wiltshire, England. He was buried in Compton Chamberlayne War Graves Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 27 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)