05 June 2011

Arthur Finch

This WWI Victory Medal was awarded to 3376 Arthur James Finch. This is what we know from the family: 

Arthur Finch was one of the many young men who established the ANZAC legend, and who always considered him self lucky, in having come through the War. This from a man who added 5 years to his age when claimed on enlistment that he was 21.
Was wounded twice, was critically ill with pneumonia, and contracting influenza in 1919 during the great European Pandemic.
On his discharge Arthur, ever the incurable optimist, claimed to have suffered no ill affects from his service. However, as his daughter Pauline commented, "he did slow down a bit as he got older"

Arthur was a member of the 45th Battalion, AIF.
This medals come from the NSW RSL box and take the returned medal tally to 905.


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