Edwin Newland Finney

Date of birth:                     1895
Place of birth:                    Hersham, Walton on Thames, Surrey
Service No.:                       2635
Rank:                                    2nd Lieutenant
Regiment / Division:      Leinster Regiment
Battalion:                             6th Cyclists’ Battalion
Died:                                      19th May 1917 aged 22 years
Death Location:                France Flanders Theatre

Life before the War
Edwin was born 1895 Hersham, Walton on Thames, Surrey to parents Edwin and Ann Elizabeth, nee Fountaine.  His father was born 1851 Portsmouth, Hampshire, died 1910 Winchester district, Hampshire.  His mother was born 1863 Stoke Bletchley, Buckinghamshire.  His sister Ivy Elizabeth born 31 October 1898 and baptised 10 May 1899 in Chippenham, Wiltshire and died 1908 Winchester district, Hampshire.  His brother Frank Charles was born 1902 Chippenham,Wiltshire.

In the 1901 census Edwin is living at 44 Parkfields, Parklane, Langley Burrell, Wiltshire with his parents and sister.  Father Edwin’s occupation is a C C Clerk.

By the 1911 census Edwin’s father has died so he is living just with his mother.  Her income is from private means and brother Frank Charles.  Edwin is a student studying to be a teacher.  They are living at 78 Hamilton Road, Bishopstoke, Hampshire.

War Service
Edwin enlisted into the Leinster Regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant.  He was attached to the 6th Cyclist Battalion.

He was killed in action on 19th May 1917 and is Remembered with Honour at the Point-Du-Jour Military Cemetery, Athies, France.  He is also remembered in Ireland’s Memorial Records 1914 – 1918:

“Finney Edwin Newland rank, 2nd Lieutenant, Leinster Regiment (attached 6th Cyclist’s Battalion); killed in action, May 19, 1917”

Edwin was entitled to the 1915 Star and the British War and Victory Medals which were requested by his mother and sent to her on 4th April 1921 at Senlac, Portswood Road, Southampton.

Historical Information
The Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians) was an Ireland Infantry Regiment of the line in the British Army, formed in 1881 by the amalgamation of the 100th (Prince of Wales’s Royal Canadian) Regiment of Foot and the 109th Regiment of Foot (Bombay Infantry).  The 100th Foot was first raised in 1763 and the 109th was first raised in 1761.

National Probate Calendar
“Finney Edwin Newland of Senlac, Swathling, Hampshire, second lieutenant Leinster Regiment died 19 May 1917 in France or Belguim.  Administration (with Will limited) Winchester 12 December 1917 to Ann Elizabeth Finney widow (mother) attorney of Silas Winifred Mack.  Effects £165 18 shillings 8 pence”.

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