1. Memorial:Wimereux Communal CemeteryI. F. 14.
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.122
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour35A GQS

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Family :

Son of Donald and Mary Finlayson, of Muir-of-Ord, Ross-shire.

Bank Clerk, Paparoa (1910)

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders 

2nd Battalion August 1914 : at Shorncliffe. Part of 10th Brigade in 4th Division. Moved on mobilisation to York area (including Darlington and Strensall) before moving to Harrow. 23 August 1914 : landed at Boulogne.

Action : The Battles of Ypres 1915 (Second Ypres) 

22 April - 25 May 1915. On the 22nd April 1915 the Germans used poison gas at Ypres. This was the first 'official' use of gas and took the Allies by surprise. After initial success capitalising on the confusion and horror of this weapon, a heroic stand, initially by the Canadians and then supported by British and Indian Battalions, held the German advance. However it became clear that the Germans had achieved a tactical advantage and eventually the British were forced to retire to more a more defendable perimeter closer to Ypres. These positions were on the last ridges before Ypres and their loss would have resulted in the loss of the town and possibly open the Channel coast to German occupation with disastrous consequences for the re-supply of the BEF.

Served in North-West Frontier campaign, 1908.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Franklin No. 2138 E.C.New Zealand (North Island)

27th October 1909
18th November 1909
22nd December 1909

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