Cecil Lloyd FINEY


FINEY, Cecil Lloyd

Service Number: 93
Enlisted: 20 July 1915, Keswick, South Australia, Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Happy Valley, South Australia, Australia, 31 August 1895
Home Town: Alawoona, Loxton Waikerie, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer, SAR
Died: Killed in action, France, 20 July 1916, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Ration Farm Military Cemetery, la Chapelle-D'Armentieres
Ration Farm Military Cemetery (Plot VI, Row J, Grave No. 40), La Chapelle d'Armentieres, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Alawoona & District WW1 Honour Roll, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Brighton Arch of Remembrance, Brighton WW1 Roll of Honour, Men from Renmark and District Roll of Honor Boards (4), Paruna Memory of the Fallen Arch Gates
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World War 1 Service

20 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia, Australia
18 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 93, 32nd Infantry Battalion
18 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 93, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
Date unknown: Involvement 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Murray Pioneer and Australian River Record (Renmark, SA: 1913 - 1942) Friday 8 September 1916


Alawoona, September 3.

A heavy cloud of gloom was cast over our little township when it became known that Mr. and Mrs. Finey had received a telegram stating that their eldest son "Cecil" was missing since July 20. What makes this heavier to bear is that some few weeks back Mr. Finey received a wire stating that his other son "Don" had been seriously wounded about the face and arm by a bursting shell, on the same date July 20. Both lads had evidently been in the same engagement. "Don", is in the Stationary Hospital, where he will probably remain for some time before returning to the front. Residents of Alawoona and the surrounding districts all remember "Cecil'', and "Don", as they were happy, fearless, and general favorites with us all.. In times of peace   they were foremost in sports, and when our nation called they were among the first to respond. General sympathy is expressed on all sides with Mr. and Mrs. Finey, and the sincere hope is entertainer that though missing Cecil may be only a prisoner.


The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1889 - 1931) Friday 14 September 1917


FINEY.—Killed in action in France, on July 20, 1916, Cecil Lloyd Finey, second son of S. and A. M. Finey, of Alawoona, late of Brighton, aged 21 years. "We have met, and we have missed him."


The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1889 - 1931) Friday 14 September 1917



"Faithful Unto Death."


Mr. Stephen Finey, of Alawoona, has been officially notified that his second son, Private Cecil Lloyd Finey (who has been reported missing since July 20, 1916) was killed in action on that date in France. He left for the front on November 15, 1915, having first been to Egypt before going into active service. Previous to enlisting he was working on the Paringa railway-line. Private Finey was a man of fine physique and was well liked by all who knew him. Mr. Finey has another son, who was wounded over twelve months ago, and is still unable to go into active service. He is in England.


Murray Pioneer and Australian River Record (Renmark, SA: 1913 - 1942) Friday 21 September 1917


We regret to learn that Mr. S. Finer, Alawoona, has received an official notice that his second son, Pte. Cecil Lloyd Finey, who enlisted in Renmark, was killed in action in France on July 20, 1916. He had been posted as missing since that date up till now, although his parents were informed through the Red Crass Society some months ago as to his fate, but no official notice.

Previous to enlisting, Pte. Finey was employed on the repairing works on the Paringa line for a short time and before that was assisting his father on the farm. He was a man of wonderful physique, and although only 21 years of age he was exceptionally well proportioned. Pte. Finey was well   liked for his kind disposition and respected by all who knew him.

Mr. Finey has another son at the front who was wounded over twelve months ago, and when last heard from, he was still unable to go into active service.