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Donald McNaughton Stuart Finch

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1917 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Donald McNaughton Stuart AWMM
  • Surname
    Finch AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 32649 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1884 AWMM MiltonOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 10 June 1916 AWMM Athol Farm, Milton, Otago, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs J. Finch (mother), Woodlands, Kaitangata, Otago, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 15 November 1916 AWMM Single AWMM
    • Pre Nov 1916 Donald was a widower not single. On 11 Sept 1912, Donald, aged 28, married Frances McKinlay aged 22 at Stirling, Otago. Sadly she died 10 months later during childbirth. Public - Robert Matthew - Other relative - 18 March 2017 - From centennial biography
      ISBN 978-0-473-37874-5 in preparation for publication before Oct 2017


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • Battle of Passchendaele AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 32649 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 10 June 1916 AWMM
    Age 35 AWMM
    Farmer/Civilian AWMM
    KaitangataOtago AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 11 inches AWMM
    • Chest expansion, Unknown Period AWMM
      34-37 expansion AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Tanned AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      grey AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of George and Jessie Finch, of Stirling, Otago. Native of Milton, Otago

    Brother of David Thomas Alexander Finch (39202)

    Killed 3rd Battle of Ypres, Passchendaele 12 October 1917

    Remembrance token (photograph on a page with a summary of his War Service decorated with poppies, "weep not for me, sigh not for me, I have done my duty", and the reverse a short family explanation of his names together with photographs of the relatives) placed in the Auckland War memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories, 90th Anniversary of Passchendaele 2007. File also has an illustrated family history AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    12 October 1917 AWMM
    Age 33 AWMM
    YpresBelgium AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM
    • Roll of Honour: Tokomairiro District High School AWMM
    • Memorial Gates: Old Milburn School Grounds AWMM

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  • I have published Gt Uncle Donald's service record. I intend to write his complete life story prior to the 100th anniversary of his death at Passchendaele 12 10 1917. It will be a chapter in the book "George and Jessie Finch and their children." Another publication "Donald's All" is in draft form. It mentions with illustration all those Donald's named in memory of him (DMSFinch) by his siblings down to the present generation and also where he got his name from. Rev Dr Donald McNaughton Stuart. Grand nephew: Robert Findlay
    Public - Robert M - Other Relative - 24 April 2015



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
07 August 2022Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
11 October 2019RobertNew ZealandOther
12 October 2017Robert M AucklandOther
18 March 2017Robert Matthew AucklandOther relative

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