Richard O'Donnell Finigan

First Name: 
Richard
Middle Name: 
O'Donnell
Last Name: 
Finigan
Date of Birth: 
Tuesday, November 9, 1880
Mother's Name: 
Agnes Finigan nee O'Donnell
Father's Name: 
Robert Finigan
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, September 16, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Chaplain
Rank at Discharge: 
Chaplain, 4th Class
Unit: 
Chaplains' Corps
Service: 
Artillery
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Monday, March 21, 1966
Place of Death: 
Queensland
Details: 

Richard Finigan was born in Taree, N.S.W.  

A Methodist, Richard trained for the Ministry.  On 24th March 1910 he married Winifred Duesbury in Queensland and they had one child. 

At enlistment Richard was 35 years old, and was assigned to the Methodist Parsonage at Wollongong, N.S.W.  He was posted as ship's Chaplain on HMAT7 Medic for the trip to Egypt.  

On 16th November 1915 Richard was promoted to Captain and served with the Light Horse Regiment in Egypt.

Richard eventually went to England and then on to the Western Front.  

On 16th November 1917 he was promoted to Major and while in France he served with 4th Machine Gun Battalion.

Richard was returned to Australia in May 1919 and was discharged on 14th August 1919.

He also served as a Chaplain in World War II.

Richard died in Queensland in 1966.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, FINIGAN R O

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