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John Alexander Finlayson

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 40), Page: 1 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 40), Page: 1 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Alexander AWMM
  • Surname
    Finlayson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 16392 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Madge H.B. Finlayson (wife), Maungaturoto, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 16392 AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Bushman/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
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Biographical information

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    • Manuka then transfer to Morea at Sydney for Suez. AWMM
    • He was known as Jack and was the son of Norman & Annie FINLAYSON (nee McInnes). He was a twin with Bain (Lachlan Bain). Four brothers enlisted and served overseas during WW1 – Jack (16392), Bain (13/2432), Tote (13/2435) and Stuart (79809). They were a very well-known rugby family. Five brothers represented provincial provinces and one an ‘All Black’.

      On 19th Apr 1916, Jack married Madge Eleanor Beatrice CULLEN at the Congregational Church in Beresford St, Auckland. They had three children – Edith Gwendoline, Ian Stuart and Kathleen Margaret. Public - Sandra - Researcher - 26 November 2018 - Waipu Museum
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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
    16 January 1960 Public - Sandra - Researcher - 26 November 2018 - Waipu Museum
  • Age at death
    69 Public - Sandra - Researcher - 26 November 2018 - Waipu Museum
  • Place of death
    Avondale, Auckland Public - Sandra - Researcher - 26 November 2018 - Waipu Museum
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Waipu Cemetery Public - Sandra - Researcher - 26 November 2018 - Waipu Museum
  • Grave reference
    Main Block 22 Plot 220 Public - Sandra - Researcher - 26 November 2018 - Waipu Museum
  • Obituary
    One of Northland’s greatest rugby football administrators and a former member of the Legislative Council, Mr John Alexander Finlayson has died, at the age of 69. His football administrative career was climaxed in 1950 when he was elected president of the NZ Rugby Union after 47 years interest in the game of which 17 had been as a player. His year of office coincided with the visit to the dominion of a British Isles touring team. Born at Maungaturoto, Mr Finlayson had his first taste of rugby in 1902 as a barefoot schoolboy. The teachers were not particularly interested in rugby, so he took a hand in arranging games among the boys at school. Ever since he has been a keen advocate of school football.
    A delegate to the North Auckland Rugby Union for many years, he was elected its president in 1938 and held office until 1947, and since then he has been vice patron. Mr Finlayson was appointed NARU delegate to the NZRU in 1937, he was elected to major body council in 1944 and became one of the two North Island vice presidents in 1948. His appointment to the Legislative Council was made in June 1950, and he served until the council was abolished at the end of that year. His local bodywork included two terms as a member of the North Auckland Electric Power Board and he was also chairman of the Mangapai School Committee for some years. He was a member of a famous rugby family, five of his brothers represented provinces and one – Innes (Bunny) – is well known as an All Black in NZ, Australia and South Africa. Mr Finlayson is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son. (Northern Advocate, 18 Jan 1960) Public - Sandra - Researcher - 26 November 2018 - Waipu Museum
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