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John Joseph FINN

Regimental number11946
Place of birthKilkenny, Co Kilkenny, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMiner
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation38
Height5' 8.25"
Weight164 lbs
Next of kinAunt, Mrs M Butler, Nobby's Road, Newcastle, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 4.5 years in the Royal Garrison Artillery, Sheerness, England.
Enlistment date16 October 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameDivisional Ammunition Column 1, Reinforcement 14
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/89/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 28 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Divisional Ammunition Column
FateReturned to Australia 21 July 1917
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date21 December 1917
Other details

War service: Western Front

Transferred from 14th Reinforcements and taken on strength, No 3 Section, 1st Divisional Ammunition Column, Beihoun, 6 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 4 April 1916, taken on strength, 1st Brigade Ammunition Column, Caestre, 19 April 1916. Transferred to 3rd Battery, 1st Divisional Ammunition Column, 15 May 1916.

Admitted to 1st Field Ambulance, 27 December 1916 (cardiac dilation following gas attack); transferred to No 3 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 29 December 1916. Proceeded to England, 3 January 1917; admitted to Queen's Civil (1st Southern General) Hospital, Birmingham, 4 January 1917 (disordered action heart); transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 29 April 1917; discharged on furlough, 23 April 1917. Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 8 May 1917. Admitted to Endell Street Military Hospital, London, 6 June 1917; marched in No 2 Australian Command Depot, Weymouth, 8 June 1917.

Commenced return to Australia from Plymouth on board HT 'Euripides', 21 July 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 18 Septamber 1917.

Transferred to No 11 Australian General Hospital, 18 September 1917; transferred to No 14 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Macleod, 10 October 1917; transferred to Isolation Camp, Ascot Vale, 7 November 1917; transferred to rest camp, No 14 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, 26 November 1917.

Report from No 11 Australian General Hospital states, 'Suffers from Dysponea on exertion and weakness. Pale looking. Heart in L.H.L. Sounds soft and toneless. Murmurs. Slight tachycardia', 7 October 1917.

Discharged, 21 December 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death27 May 1922
SourcesNAA: B2455, FINN John Joseph

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