23/03/1916- To 55 Depot as Private
12/04/1916- To 16th Battalion 19th Reinforcements
12/08/1916- Admitted Ships Hospital at Sea ( Sickness )
15/10/1916- Admitted 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital Bulford England ( Sickness )
20/11/1916- Admitted Military Hospital Parkhouse England
28/11/1916- Discharged to 4th Training Battalion Codford England ex Hospital
12/12/1916- Proceeded Overseas 4th Australian Division Base Depot France ex Folkestone ex Parkhouse
19/12/1916- Joined 16th battalion in the field France
11/04/1917- Reported MISSING IN ACTION France
11/04/1917- Wounded & Captured Reincourt France & taken PRISONER OF WAR– Interred Soltan Prov. Hannover & Munster ( Lager )
26/04/1918- Repatriated POW ex Holland & Admitted King George Military Hospital Stamford Street London England ( Severe Gunshot Wound Left Elbow/Arm )
9/05/1918- To 3rd Australian Aux Hospital Dartford England ( Appendicitis & I.C.T Hand )
14/05/1918- Granted Leave England
21/05/1918- To AIF Headquarters London ex Leave
4/06/1918- To No. 2 Command Depot Weymouth England
7/06/1918- Medical Board Report Wareham England ( Permanently Medically Unfit for Active Service )
23/09/1918- Embarked England for Australia per ” Runic ”
17/11/1918- Disembarked Australia & Admitted No. 8 Australian General Hospital Fremantle-
14/05/1919- Discharged from No. 8 Australian General Hospital Fremantle
6/06/1919- Discharged from Service ( Medically Unfit )




30/06/1917- London- From Postcard Dated 20/05/1917 sent to Mr Woodburn Chief Commissioner  66 Victoria Street- ” Missing 11/04/1917- Prisoner of War-  Interred at Soltau Z. 3605.   In the Hospital recovering from Wounds “


18/10/1917- London- From German List dated 24/09/1917- ” Prisoner of War- Pay Book transmitted by a Recording officer 21/08/1917.  The owner of same could not be traced but the matter is presumably concerned in most cases to do with the dead “.


30/10/1917- London- Post Card from Prisoner dated 29/09/1917- ” Prisoner of War- Transferred Hameln, Lager “.


6/12/1917- London- Post Card from Prisoner dated 22/10/1917- ” Prisoner of War- Interred Hameln, Lager- ” I was badly wounded in the left arm on April 11th of this year , but am pleased to state that the wound is now doing good “.


27/04/1918- London- Telephone Message from Mrs Chirnside  dated 26/04/1918-  ” Repatriated Prisoner of War-  Arrived King George Hospital 26/04/1918 “.



British War Medal – No. 12037

Victory Medal – No. 11883


BUNBURY HERALD & BLACKWOOD EXPRESS – Friday  30 December, 1921

The body of Matthew Robert FINN, aged 33 years, an employee of Forrest’s KOOMBANA Roller Flour Mills,  was found washed up on the Beach, between the Bunbury Jetty and the breakwater yesterday morning.

The body was found floating in the water ,near the Baths ,by Frank HENSAN at 5.35a.m. on 29 December, 1921. There were no signs of alcoholic affection. After initial report to Police, Constable DELFS called at the scene near 7.00a.m.

An inquest was held on 30 December, when Dr I. J. FLYNN stated in his opinion, FINN’s death was due to asphyxia from drowning and cardiac failure.

The Coroner was of the opinion that at the time of death, the deceased was suffering from temporary insanity induced by his War experiences.


Bunbury General Cemetery, WA

Roman Catholic Section A

Grave Number 116.