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Name: Edgar Garfield Finlay
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Edgar Garfield Finlay
Country: Australia
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Australian Flying Corps
Unit: 1 (AFC)
Victories: 8
Born: 07 September 1893
Place of Birth: Glebe, New South Wales, Australia
Died: 1958
Place of Death: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
A labourer from Darlinghurst, New South Wales and the son of Richard and Elizabeth (Munro) Finlay, Edgar Garfield Finlay resigned from the Mounted Police after two years of service and enlisted at Liverpool, New South Wales on 27 January 1915. After serving with the 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment, he transferred to the Australian Flying Corps. As an observer with 1 Squadron, he scored eight victories before receiving pilot training toward the end of the war. He returned to Australia on 5 March 1919. During World War II he was a Wing Commander in the Royal Australian Air Force.
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
Australia, WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
Honours and Awards Recommendation
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
"Lieut. (A./Capt.) Allan Runciman Brown (Australian F.C.). (EGYPT)
Lieut. Garfield Finlay (Australian F.C.). (EGYPT)
   On 22nd August Capt. Brown, with Lieut. Finlay as his observer, attacked an enemy two-seater, forcing it to land in our lines. On four other occasions these officers have engaged and destroyed enemy aircraft, displaying marked gallantry and skill. In addition, they have rendered most valuable service in attacking enemy cavalry, anti-aircraft guns and other ground targets, inflicting heavy loss."
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 29 Nov 1917 0830 1 (AFC) R.E.8 1 Albatros D.III (OOC) SW of Samaria
2 27 Mar 1918 0710 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b 2 AEG C (FTL/DES) 3 Kissir, S of Amman
3 03 May 1918 0700 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b (B1149) 4 Two-seater (FTL/DES) 5 SW Suweilah
4 09 May 1918 1515 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b (C4623) 6 Rumpler C (FTL/DES) Jenin
5 27 Jun 1918 0645 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b (B1149) 4 AEG C (DES) El Kutrani
6 28 Jun 1918 0630 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b (B1149) 7 Albatros D.V (DESF) Amman
u/c 03 Jul 1918 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b 4 AEG C Lubban
7 28 Jul 1918 1200 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b (B1284) 4 Rumpler C (FTL/DES) 8 N of Wadi Fareh
8 22 Aug 1918 1315 1 (AFC) Bristol F.2b 4 LVG C (CAP) Ramleh

1 Pilot Lt R A Austin
2 Pilot Lt J M Walker
3 Shared with Capt D W Rutherford & Lt J McElligott
4 Pilot Allan Brown
5 Shared with Lt G V Oxenham & Lt H A Leach (B1225)
6 Pilot George Peters
7 Pilot Lt S A Nunan
7 Shared with Carrick Paul & William Weir
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