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Samuel Alfred (Snr) FINCH

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Samuel Alfred FINCH

Regimental number 15463
Religion Methodist
Occupation Carpenter
Address Manly, Queensland
Marital status Married
Age at embarkation 23
Next of kin Wife, Mrs H F Finch, Mount Joy Terrace, Manly, Queensland
Enlistment date 30 December 1915
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name September 1916 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number 26/99/2
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A36 Boonah on 21 October 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll Private
Unit from Nominal Roll 8th Field Ambulance
Fate Returned to Australia 12 December 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

John George FULLER

On the 18th. Sept 1875 John and his wife(who was registered as 18years old,
but beleived to be only 16), set sail with assisted passage on the "Gauntlet"
from Gravesend bound for Australia. They were accompanied by John's eldest
sister Mary,her husband and their six children. On Dec. the 28th. 1875 the
Gauntlet was towed to anchor off the quarantine ground at Peel Island where
they remained until the 30th. Jan. 1876 because the ship was a "fever ship".
Conditions on Peel Island were appaling, Accomodation was scanty and
insufficient for the three hundred on board. Peel Island was closed soon after

John and Sarah settled on a farm at Emu Creek, about 12 miles north-east of
Crow's Nest in Queensland. They later owned a general store in Crow's Nest on
the corner of Thallion Street and Recreation Terrace. John became known as "The
Little Wonder" and his shop had the same name, he owned the shop until his
death with his sons helping to run it in later years. Besides the name of John
in the Crows Nest cemetary records are the words " The Little Wonder" and in
later years when his great-grand children had a marker placed on John and
Sarah's grave the same insctiption was added to ensure that a piece of history

Sarah was cared for by her daughter Edna ( wife of Frank Barnes) and also spent
quite a bit of time with her son Stephen and his family. Sarah died aged 82 in