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Arthur Wilfred Finlayson, born in Ballarat and a Clerk by trade, enlisted in the 8th Infantry Battalion as a Private on 24 August 1914 at the age of 19. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914. He was quickly promoted to Lance Corporal and then to Corporal on 13 August 1915, and was again promoted to Sergeant, proving he was a capable and natural leader. His natural talent was again recognised as he received a commission to 2nd Lieutenant on 13 September 1916.
Lt. Finlayson was awarded the Military Cross for Conspicuous ability and devotion to duty for period February-September 1917 and splendid courage in carrying out work of establishing and maintaining communications under fire. On 31 August 1918 he was wounded in action but remained on duty and on 8 October 1918 Lt. Finlayson embarked for Australia.
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