World War 1 (1914 - 1918)


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Finlay Cunningham

Service: Army
Unit: 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders
Rank: Private
Service Number: S/10166

Finlay was born in Shotts, Lanarkshire in 1898, son of James and Jane Cunningham. The family came from Shotts in Lanarkshire to Newton Mearns. Finlay's father was employed as a road surface man and they were living at Wardhill, Mearnskirk in 1901. By the time Finlay enlisted on 22 May 1915, giving his age as ‘19’, the family were living at Toll House, Loganswell.

Finlay was killed in France on 4 April 1916, aged 19 and is buried in Norfolk Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, Somme, France - Grave reference I. B. 52 and is also commemorated on Mearns Parish Kirk War Memorial.

Finlay’s younger brother James who was two years younger than Finlay was also too young to enlist but joined up by giving false information about his age.  This was discovered, and he was sent home but sadly soon thereafter he was killed in an accident with a road roller.

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