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David Spencer Finlayson

Chapel King's College Otahuhu. CC BY John Halpin 2014.

Chapel King's College Otahuhu. CC BY John Halpin 2014.

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    David Spencer AWMM
  • Surname
    Finlayson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 800323 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1940 AWMM 6 Hanover Street, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs L.M. Finlayson, Croydon House, 22 Hill Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 800323 AWMM
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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  • Enlistment
    WW2 1940 AWMM Reporter/Civilian AWMM
    DunedinOtago AWMM
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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • David Finlayson was the son of Robert Finlayson and Margot Finlayson (nee Spencer). He was the husband of Marjorie Olive Innes Finlayson of Feilding, Wellington.

    David Finlayson attended King's College, Auckland from 1933-36 and was a School Prefect in School House. He was the editor of the school magazine and later worked on the reporting staff of the Otago Daily Times.

    He enlisted in 1940 and served on a coastal defence unit for Fanning Island and was later commissioned for service in Tonga. He resigned his commission in favour of service in the Middle East.

    On 24 November 1944 22 Battalion was taken by Fourth Reserve Motor Transport Company's three-tonners away from Fabriano to the north to relieve a British unit on the Lamone River. Their new position was north east of the newly captured town of Forli. The next move was to capture Faenza, which was achieved before Christmas. The Germans were in a strong position, well fortified in Ronco and the advance was slow. The battalion was charged, together with 23 Battalion on their left and the Gurkhas on the right, with clearing the Germans across the river. On 26 November they were patroling the river and its banks when they penetrated a stopbank and were driven back by strong fire and grenades. It appears that Private Finlayson died in this action. AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    26 November 1944 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Faenza War Cemetery, Italy AWMM Plot I, Row C, Grave 15 AWMM
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  • David Spencer Finlayson made a sound recording while in New Zealand on leave in 1942. He had returned from coast-watch duty on Fanning Island (part of Kiribati) via Hawaii and had seen Pearl Harbour shortly before - and just after the Japanese attack of 7th Dec 1941. You can hear his recording online here: http://www.ngataonga.org.nz/collections/catalogue/catalogue-item?record_id=209412
    Public - Sarah - Researcher - 6 December 2016

Sources

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    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 10 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1943 to 31st March, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.27 AWMM
    • Henderson, J. (1958). 22 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM

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