Reginald Hales FINCH

FINCH, Reginald Hales

Service Numbers: 1265, 2607, Q187445
Enlisted: 14 September 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Warrant Officer Class 2
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Narracoorte, South Australia, 1 February 1896
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Blacksmith's striker/Motor mechanic
Died: Natural causes, Queensland, Australia, 23 May 1965, aged 69 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Booborowie Leighton WW2 Roll of Honour, Gumeracha Anzac Honor Roll, Gumeracha Town Hall WW1 Roll of Honor, Mount Pleasant Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

14 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1265, 16th Infantry Battalion, Morphettville, South Australia
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Bugler, SN 1265, 16th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Bugler, SN 1265, 16th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Bugler, SN 1265, 16th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
10 May 1915: Wounded 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, GSW (right foot & eye)
25 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2607, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Adelaide
25 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2607, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
27 Apr 1918: Wounded Dernancourt/Ancre
27 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 2607, 32nd Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

31 May 1940: Enlisted Private, SN Q187445, Gaythorne, Queensland
31 May 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Warrant Officer Class 1, SN Q187445
1 Jun 1940: Involvement SN Q187445, Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces
3 Aug 1945: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Warrant Officer Class 1, SN Q187445
3 Aug 1945: Discharged Warrant Officer Class 2, SN Q187445
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Paula Bartsch

Commemorated on Mount Pleasant Soldiers' Memorial Hall Honor Board and Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church Honor Board.

A welcome home social was held for he and another returned soldier on 14 February 1916 at Blumberg (now Birdwood). Both soldiers told of their experiences. Items were conducted and the Blumberg Brass Band featured for their first appearance.

Died in Queensland on 23 May 1965, aged 69 years.

Biography

"...1265, Bugler Reginald Hales Finch was born at Naracoorte, South Australia, on 1 February 1896. He enlisted at Morphettville on 14 September 1914. Serving with 16th Infantry Battalion, he was wounded in action at Gallipoli and returned to Australia in February 1916. He re-enlisted with Service number 2607 in March 1916 and served with 32nd Infantry Battalion. While serving in France he was wounded in action for a second time on 26 April 1918. He returned to Australia in 1919." - SOURCE (collections.slsa.sa.gov.au)

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