Finnie, Lieutenant Alexander
No 4 Sqn AFC
Alexander Finnie came from Botany, NSW, and was a 21 year old Sheet Metal Worker when he joined the 1st Field Engineers on 21 August 1914. He had previously served in the Submarine Miners of the AMF until 1914 before he was discharged for non-attendance at continual training. He departed from Sydney on HMAT A19 Afric on 18 October 1914 and served at Gallipoli before being evacuated due to illness in August. After service on the Western Front, and promotion to Corporal, he applied for flying training and transferred to the AFC in April 1917 and was commissioned as a qualified pilot in November. Promotion to Lieutenant followed in February 1918. He was posted to No 4 Sqn AFC on 14 April.
He was killed in action on 22 May 1918 when flying Sopwith Camel D1924 after his aeroplane collided with Camel D1909, flown by Lt G Nowland, when both were attacking a German observation balloon. The wreckage fell behind the German lines, and he was buried there. After the Armistice, he was re-buried in a cemetery administered by the Imperial War Graves Commission.
Lt A Finnie is buried in Grave I F 19 at Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, France.