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Ernest Mathew Finlayson

Verso: "3 Timaru boys included Eddie Arthur Bonnin [text in brackets that is illegible] & Corp Finlayson. It's only a shame the three are leaving." Corporal Finlayson (3/149A) and Arthur Edward Bonnin (3/102A).    Tentative identification of Corporal Ernest Mathew Finlayson, service no. 3/149A NZ Medical Corps standing with one leg raised on the seat facing toward camera. Identification made on Finlayson's Timaru address on Nominal Rolls, which fits with the handwritten description on the verso, and the two chevrons on this figure fitting the rank of corporal. Edward Arthur Bonnin service no. 3/102A, possibly standing second from left in a private's cap (see his portrait in the Onward Project for visual likeness). Thomson, George William, 1889-1976, photographer, Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira PH-2003-1-1.

Verso: "3 Timaru boys included Eddie Arthur Bonnin [text in brackets that is illegible] & Corp Finla …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ernest Mathew AWMM
  • Surname
    Finlayson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Ernest Matthew AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 3/149A AWMM
    • WWII 42280 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
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  • Birth
    25 January 1889 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Dalgety and Co., Timaru, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Reverend W. Finlayson, 160 Britomart Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • Reverend W. Finlayson (father), 160 Britomart Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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  • Death
    23 February 1963 AWMM
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