Paul Elias Isaac Finn

Born 13.06.1887

Place Vilna (Vilnius), Lithuania

Ethnic origin Jewish

Religion 1916 Methodist, 1942 Church of England

Father Aaron Harris Finn

Mother Rachel Bernstein


Wife Essie Lilias Burnace Crawford, married 1936, Sydney

Residence before arrival at Australia Left Russia in 1907 for Great Britain, lived in Scotland for 3 years and in London

Arrived at Australia
from London
on 28.06.1913
per Beltana
disembarked at Melbourne

Residence before enlistment Melbourne, Goulburn, Illalong Creek, Sydney, Stockton, Newcastle, NSW

Occupation 1915 fitter's labourer, motor driver, 1919 railway employee, 1942 car driver, fitter, turner, 1956 retired missionary

Service 1
service number 1644
enlisted 16.02.1916
POE Newcastle
unit 35th Battalion, 9th LTM Battery
rank Private
place Western Front, 1916-1918
casualties WIA 1917, 1918 (twice)
final fate RTA 2.01.1919
discharged 13.12.1919 MU

Service 2 (WWII)
service number N106296
enlisted 7.01.1941
POE Newcastle, NSW
unit 8th Garrison Battalion
discharged 4.03.1942

Naturalisation 1919

Residence after the war Newcastle, NSW, 1942 The Entrance, NSW

Died 31.05.1956, The Entrance, NSW


Digitised naturalisation (NAA)

Digitised WWI service records (NAA)

Digitised Embarkation roll entry (AWM)

WWII service records (NAA)

Blog articles

Russian Anzacs blog (Russian)

Russian Anzacs blog (English)

Early Lithuanians in Australia

From Russian Anzacs in Australian History:

For the Russians an added dimension was their feeling of having now earned their right to be sons of Australia -- this place where they had originally landed only by chance. Paul Finn, for instance, who was refused naturalisation before his enlistment, after returning from the war applied for it again. When there was a delay, he wrote an indignant letter to the bureaucrats: 'I have been wounded three times, I have bled and suffered for Australia, and I am still suffering'. And they immediately naturalised him.