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Frank Alexander Finnis

Male 1880 - 1941  (60 years)



  • Name Frank Alexander Finnis  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Birth 29 Nov 1880  Murree, Punjab Find all individuals with events at this location   [4, 5, 6, 7
    Residence Apr 1891  40 Linden Rd, Bedford Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    • boarding house in Bedford for children born in India
    Education 1894 - 1898  Wellington College, Crowthorne Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    Education abt 1898 - 1900  Royal Military Academy, Woolwich Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    • Sword of Honour
    Occupation 1900 - 1901  Plymouth Find all individuals with events at this location ; 31 Coy, Western Div, Royal Garrison Artillery  [7
    Occupation Mar 1901  2nd Lieutenant, Royal Garrison Artillery  [4
    Residence Mar 1901  Millbay Barracks, Plymouth Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    Post/Rank/Title 03 Apr 1901  Lieutenant, RGA  [7
    Occupation Nov 1901 - Oct 1902  South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location ; 56 Coy, RGA  [7
    Occupation Oct 1902 - 1906  Rawalpindi, Punjab Find all individuals with events at this location ; No 8 Mountain Battery, RGA  [7
    Occupation 1906 -  India Find all individuals with events at this location ; Indian Ordnance Dept  [7
    Marriage 07 Jun 1911  St James, Sussex Gardens, Paddington Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 8
    Hazel de Lona Christopher,   b. 21 Dec 1886, Punjab Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Jun 1938, Norton, London Rd, Camberley Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Post/Rank/Title 07 Nov 1912  Captain  [7
    Post/Rank/Title 30 Dec 1915  Major  [7
    Occupation Dec 1917 -  India Find all individuals with events at this location ; Assistant Director, Ordnance Services  [7
    Post/Rank/Title Jan 1919  Lieutenant-Colonel  [7
    • Brevet
    Decoration Jun 1921  OBE  [2, 7
    Post/Rank/Title 1928  Colonel  [7
    Occupation abt 1930  India Find all individuals with events at this location ; Deputy Director of Ordnance Services  [7
    Decoration 03 Jun 1930  CB  [7
    Occupation 1933 - 1935  India Find all individuals with events at this location ; Inspector, Indian Ordnance Services  [7
    Residence aft 1935  Norton, London Rd, Camberley Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 7, 9
    Death 29 Jan 1941  The Nook, Northcourt Walk, Abingdon Find all individuals with events at this location   [5, 7, 9, 10
    • On Jan. 29, 1941, suddenly, at Abingdon, Colonel Frank Alexander Finnis, C.B., O.B.E., eldest son of the late Colonel H. Finnis, C.S.I., C.B.E., and Mary Finnis, and husband of the late Hazel de Lona Finnis. [The Times, 31 Jan 1941]
    Probate 24 Apr 1941  Llandudno Find all individuals with events at this location ; 5,689 10s. 4d.  [9
    • Finnis C.B. O.B.E. Frank Alexander of Norton London-road Camberley Surrey died 29 January 1941 at The Nook Northcourt Walk Abingdon Berkshire Probate Llandudno 24 April to Charles de Lona Christopher retired colonel H.M. Indian army. Effects 5689 10s. 4d. [NPC]
    Notes 
    • Frank Alexander Finnis was born on 29 November 1880 in Murree, India and was the eldest son of Colonel Henry Finnis CSI, CBE, Royal Engineers. He was educated at Educated at Wellington College from 1894 to 1898 (Prefect 1898) and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich (Sword of Honour), from which he was commissioned into the Royal Garrison Artillery. From 1900 to 1901 he served with No. 31 Company, Western Division, RGA at Plymouth and was promoted Lieutenant RGA on 3 April 1901.
      He served in South Africa from November 1901 to October 1902 with No. 56 Company, RGA and his four clasp QSA is confirmed in the army lists for his service in the Orange River Colony and on the medal roll for services also with 22 SD, 63 Co. RGA.
      In October 1902 he was back in India and until 1906 he served with No. 8 Mountain Battery, RGA at Rawal Pindi, Punjab. He joined the Indian Ordnance Department in 1906 being present with the Bazar Valley Frontier Force on the North West Frontier in 1908.
      In 1911 he married Hazel, daughter of Major General Leonard William Christopher, CB and the following year he was promoted to Captain IOD (7 November 1912).
      He was promoted to Major IOD in 1915 (30 December 1915) and was Acting Lieutenant Colonel and Assistant Director, Ordnance Services, from 14 December 1917 to 12 May 1919. He received his brevet of Lieutenant Colonel in January 1919 and for his services in the Great War he was MID on at least one occasion (London Gazette 21 February 1919) and granted the Brevet rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
      From 5 June 1919 to 30 September 1919 he was Assistant Director, Ordnance Services, India. He served in the campaign in Afghanistan of 1919 and was MID for his services (London Gazette 3 August 1920).
      He participated in the Waziristan campaign as part of the "Waziristan Force" from 1 October 1919 to 27 March 1920 as Assistant Director, Ordnance Services, India. One presumes that since he held this position before and after the Afghan war of 1919 he served in this capacity during both campaigns. He was awarded the OBE as Major and Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Royal Artillery "for valuable services rendered in the Field with the Waziristan Force" (London Gazette 10 June 1921).
      The clasp for Waziristan 1919-1921 was awarded to all officers and men of the Waziristan Force who took part in the operations on the Bannu Line between 1 October, 1919 and 27 November, 1919, both dates inclusive, and the Tank Line between 1 October, 1919 and 20 December, 1921, both dates inclusive, or who served west of Kharkon Algad, between 27 November, 1921 and 16 December, 1921, both dates inclusive; and to troops which occupied the lower Zhob Posts (Brunj Safi, Mir Ali Khel, and Mogul Kot), between 12 November, 1920 and 31 May, 1921, both dates inclusive.
      He was ADEOS, India from 27 December 1920 to 27 December 1924. He transferred to Indian Army on 28 July 1926 (Lieutenant with date of rank (DOR) of 2 August 1902; Captain with DOR 2 May 1909; Major with DOR 1 September 1915; Lieutenant Colonel with DOR of 2 May 1926) and made full Colonel in 1928 (DOR of 1 January 1923).
      He was created "on occasion of His Majesty's Birthday" Companion on the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB) on 3 June 1930 as "Colonel OBE, Indian Army, Deputy Director of Ordnance Services, Master-General of the Ordnance Branch, Headquarters, India".
      The following year he was Deputy Director of Ordnance Services, Northern Command, India, until 1933 where he became Inspector, Indian Ordnance Services, until 1935. This was his last appointment as he retired in 1935.
      He died on 29 January 1941 aged 69 in Abingdon. There is no known obituary in the regimental journals.
      [Andy Pattison 22 Sep 2010]
    Person ID I2765  Tatham | Christopher branch | Spouse
    Last Modified 01 Jan 2013 

    Family Hazel de Lona Christopher,   b. 21 Dec 1886, Punjab Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Jun 1938, Norton, London Rd, Camberley Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Engagement 09 Nov 1908    [3
    • The marriage arranged between Mr Frank Finnis, RA, eldest son of Colonel Henry Finnis, CSI, and Hazel de Lona, daughter of Major-General Leonard Christopher, CB, 32 Oxford Terrace, Hyde Park, W, will take place at St James' Church, Sussex Gardens, on Wednesday June 7, at 2.30. The reception afterwards will be held at the Great Central Hotel [The Times, 25 May 1911]
    Marriage 07 Jun 1911  St James, Sussex Gardens, Paddington Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 8
    • The marriage of Mr Frank Finnis, Royal Artillery, eldest son of Colonel Henry Finnis, C.S.I., R.E., and Miss Hazel de Lona Christopher, daughter of Major-General Leonard Christopher, C.B., took place yesterday at St James's, Sussex Gardens, W. The best man was Mr. S. W. Finnis, and the service was performed by the Rev. H. A. Herbert and the Rev. W. J. B. Scott.
      The bride, who was given away by her father, was dressed in soft ivory satin, handsomely embroidered in silver, the bodice being entirely composed of old Brussels lace (the gift of her mother). The ivory satin Court train was turned back at one corner with a true lover's knot of silver. The veil of Brussels lace (also the gift of her mother) was worn over a wreath of orange blossom, and the bride carried a sheaf of Harrisi lilies, white heather and myrtle. She was attended by three bridesmaids, Miss Muriel Christopher (her sister), Miss Gladys Finnis (sister of the bridegroom), Miss Betty Bowyer (cousin of the bride), and two trainbearers -- Master John Christopher and Master Bunny Farrell Palliser. The bridesmaids wore Princess dresses of pale blue satin, veiled with chiffon tunics of a deper blue embroidered with Japanese silver and mauve Oriental stones. Their hats were of silver veiled in blue chiffon, with high bunches of shaded pink roses. The trainbearers wore Directoire suits of ivory satin with blue sashes. A reception was held at the Great Central Hotel, and the bride and bridegroom afterwards left for Bourne End. [The Times, 08 Jun 1911]
    • Witnesses: L W Christopher, F Christopher, Henry Finnis, Mark? Finnis, Annie Brooke, Frank Finnis
    Frank Alexander Finnis & Hazel de Lona Christopher
    Frank Alexander Finnis & Hazel de Lona Christopher
    Marriage register
    Notes 
    • No known children (no birth regs found in E&W BMD index name Finnis mmn Christopher; none mentioned in death notices)
    Last Modified 08 Jun 2011 
    Family ID F0714  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 29 Nov 1880 - Murree, Punjab Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1891 - 40 Linden Rd, Bedford Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - 1894 - 1898 - Wellington College, Crowthorne Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - abt 1898 - 1900 - Royal Military Academy, Woolwich Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - 31 Coy, Western Div, Royal Garrison Artillery - 1900 - 1901 - Plymouth Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1901 - Millbay Barracks, Plymouth Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - 56 Coy, RGA - Nov 1901 - Oct 1902 - South Africa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - No 8 Mountain Battery, RGA - Oct 1902 - 1906 - Rawalpindi, Punjab Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Indian Ordnance Dept - 1906 - - India Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 07 Jun 1911 - St James, Sussex Gardens, Paddington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 07 Jun 1911 - St James, Sussex Gardens, Paddington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Assistant Director, Ordnance Services - Dec 1917 - - India Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Deputy Director of Ordnance Services - abt 1930 - India Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Inspector, Indian Ordnance Services - 1933 - 1935 - India Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - aft 1935 - Norton, London Rd, Camberley Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 29 Jan 1941 - The Nook, Northcourt Walk, Abingdon Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 5,689 10s. 4d. - 24 Apr 1941 - Llandudno Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Paddington, 2Q1911.

    2. [S08] Family Trees & Websites, Christopher family website.

    3. [S05] The Times, forthcoming marriages, 09 Nov 1908.

    4. [S01] Census, UK, 1901.
      age 20

    5. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Abingdon, 1Q1941.
      Frank A Finnis age 60

    6. [S01] Census, UK, 1891.
      age 10 b India

    7. [S03] Family Members, AP, 22 Sep 2010.

    8. [S05] The Times, marriage notice, 25 May 1911.

    9. [S14] National Probate Calendar.

    10. [S05] The Times, death notice, 31 Jan 1941.