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Cecil Lloyd FINEY

Regimental number93
Place of birthHappy Valley, South Australia
SchoolPublic School, South Australia
AddressEast Alawoona, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Weight222 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Finney, East Alawoona, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets, Glenelg, South Australia.
Enlistment date20 July 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialRation Farm Military Cemetery (Plot VI, Row J, Grave No. 40), La Chapelle d'Armentieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Stephen and Annie Marie FINEY, Alawoona, South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2028 Pte Donald Lloyd FINEY, 32nd Bn, returned to Australia, 19 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-HMAT 'Geelong', 18 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 12 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1060401, 193 Pte J.J. TILLEY, A Company, 32nd Bn (patient, 2nd Birmingham War Hospital, Hollymoor, England): 'Informant states that on July 19th 1916 at Fromelles near Fleurbaix in No Man's Land between our front trench and the German, Informant saw Finey lying wounded in the stomach. This was the last known of him by Informant who passed on to German trenches.'

Second statement, 31 Pte T.A. ASHTON, 32nd Bn (patient, No 2 General Hospital (Quai), 7 December 1916: 'He was killed being shot through the heart on July 20th in our trenches. Dredge[,] 32nd Australians A Co. who is still with his unit told me this as he was alongside of him when he was killed. The body was recovered and buried at the back of our trenches.'

Third statement, Corporal L.B. MACKIE, A Company, 32nd Bn, 7 February 1917: ' ... we were as brothers, he was about 5ft 10ins more or less in height, fair, weighed about 15 stone and rather a noble looking young fellow, we went over together almost, and half way over he was hit in the stomach or thereabouts just as he was getting up and he fel and rolled over and looked tome as ifdead, when I passed him, it was a hot moment for us all, this was on July 19th 1916[,] our fatal day. I could not say what became of him after, but I can and am sure he was quite dead, when last seen.'

Fourth statement, 53 Lance Corporal M.M. BROWN, A Company, 32nd Bn, 7 February 1917: 'In the attack at Fromelles on the date mentioned I saw Finey killed within a few yards of our trench just as we had gone over the parapet. I knew him well.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FINEY Cecil Lloyd
Red Cross file 1060401

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