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John Donald Finlayson

  • Service number
    WWI 11/1550 AWMM
  • Also known as
    J.D. Public - Donna Maxwell - Other relative - 6 August 2016 - Family held memorabilia
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War
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Identity

  • Title
    Sgt. Public - Donna Maxwell - Other relative - 6 August 2016 - Family held memorabilia
  • Forenames
    John Donald AWMM
  • Surname
    Finlayson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    J.D. Public - Donna Maxwell - Other relative - 6 August 2016 - Family held memorabilia
  • Service number
    WWI 11/1550 AWMM
  • Gender
    • Male AWMM
    • Male Public - Donna Maxwell - Other relative - 6 August 2016 - Family held memorabilia
  • Iwi
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  • Religion
    Presbyterian Public - Donna Maxwell - Other relative - 6 August 2016 - Family held memorabilia

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Braemar, Waipu, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 J.J. Finlayson (father), Braemar, Waipu, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 August 1915 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM

Service

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  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 11/1550 AWMM
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Trooper AWMM
    AWMM
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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Biographical information

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  • He was the son of John & Christina Sarah FINLAYSON (nee McLeod) from ‘Braemar’, Waipu. They had ten children – Etta, Kitty, JD, MacLeod, Jessie, Cameron, Donald, Norman, MacKenzie and Alexander Neil. Two sons enlisted with the NZEF and served overseas - John Donald (11/1550) and MacLeod (58387). Cameron (42199) enlisted and served in NZ.

    On 3rd July 1929, he married Katie Mary MacDONALD at the Grey Lynn Presbyterian Church. She was the daughter of Rev. Angus MacDonald (Service no. 18/2). They had two children – Fiona and John. Public - Sandra - Researcher - 10 December 2018 - Waipu Museum
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Death

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  • Date of death
    20 October 1945 Public - Sandra - Researcher - 28 November 2018 - Waipu Museum
  • Age at death
    52 Public - Sandra - Researcher - 28 November 2018 - Waipu Museum
  • Place of death
    Whangarei Public - Sandra - Researcher - 28 November 2018 - Waipu Museum
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery name
    Waipu Cemetery Public - Sandra - Researcher - 28 November 2018 - Waipu Museum
  • Grave reference
    Block Cove Road, Row 16, No. 84 Public - Sandra - Researcher - 28 November 2018 - Waipu Museum
  • Obituary
    J. D. FINLAYSON, LEADER IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS; RUGBY
    With the passing of Mr John Donald Finlayson on Saturday, Waipu loses one of its most prominent and enterprising public men. His death occurred in the Whangarei Public Hospital after a short illness. Mr Finlayson was born in Waipu 52 years ago, the eldest son of Mr J. J. Finlayson, who was the first, white boy born in that settlement. When the last war broke out, he joined the Auckland Mounted Rifles, serving for four years. His forte in sport was Rugby, and until the time of his death he did all that was in his power to foster the game in the district. He represented Otamatea for many years and was actively participating until 45 years of age, later being president of the Otamatea Rugby Union. When the Springboks toured New Zealand in 1937 Mr Finlayson managed the North Auckland team which came close to defeating the South African “invincibles.” Shortly after the last war, Mr Finlayson came north to Purua, where he farmed for about eight years. After that he took up “Braemar” in Waipu, which he farmed until his fatal illness. A practical farmer, he also interested himself in the welfare of the man on the land, being past president of the A. and P. Association and a member of the Primary Production Council.
    Of Scottish descent, he was naturally prominent in Caledonian affairs, retiring from the presidency of the Waipu Caledonian Society about a month ago. Mr Finlayson was also past president of the North Auckland Piping and Dancing Association, being largely instrumental in the forming of that body.
    He was a past president of the Waipu R.S.A., which, more than anyone, he who responsible for inaugurating in Waipu. When New Zealand was threatened, Mr Finlayson volunteered to play an active role and was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Home Guard.
    He is survived by his wife and a daughter, Miss Fiona Finlayson, and son, Mr John Finlayson, of Waipu. The burial took place in the Waipu cemetery, after a well-attended ser Public - Sandra - Researcher - 28 November 2018 - Papers Past Online
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DateNameLocationRelationshipContact
28 November 2018SandraWaipuResearcher
25 May 2018SandraNorthlandResearcher
06 August 2016Donna MaxwellWaipu, New Zealand.Other relative
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