Malcolm Robert Finlayson

First Name: 
Malcolm
Middle Name: 
Robert
Last Name: 
Finlayson
Date of Birth: 
Friday, June 23, 1893
Mother's Name: 
Clara Finlayson nee Berry
Father's Name: 
Robert Finlayson
Date Enlisted: 
Wednesday, March 1, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Captain
Rank at Discharge: 
Captain
Unit: 
Australian Army Medical Corps
Awards: 
Victory Medal
British War Medal
Details: 

Malcolm Finlayson was born in Wollongong, N.S.W. and studied medicine at Sydney University.

At enlistment Malcolm was single, 23 years old, and was a member of the medical staff Prince Alfred Hospital, N.S.W.  Malcolm served as medical officer in army camps before he embarked from Sydney on RMS Orsova as a medical practioner General reinforcements on 29th July 1916.

Malcolm arrived in England on 14th September 1916 and was sent to France where he joined 2nd Australian General Hospital on 23rd September 1916.  On 12th October 1916 he was attached to 59th Battalion.

Malcolm was wounded in action on 22nd November 1916 and evacuated to hospital for treatment of gun shot wounds to his arm and back.

On 13th May 1917 he was sent to 5th Division Ambulance for a time.

He was wounded a second time on 24th September 1917 but remained on duty.

Malcolm was recommended for a Mention in Despatches on 3th March 1918.

On 12th April 1918 Malcolm was posted to 5th Pioneer Battalion for service.  When the war ended he was granted 6 months leave, from 15th May 1919 until 15th November 1919, to work in a hospital in Bradford, England.

Malcolm was returned to Australia and discharged from the AIF on 5th March 1920.  On 7th May 1938 he married Jean Stevenson in Bathurst, N.S.W.

Malcolm died in 1976.

Malcolm's brother, Lieutenant Ronald Berry Finlayson, who also served was killed in action in 1916.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, FINLAYSON M R

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