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3/883A Captain William Farquhar Findlay – New Zealand Medical Corp
 
William was born in Southland, New Zealand on the 24th August 1887. He was the only son of Elizabeth Anderson and William Fairweather Findlay.[i]
 
William’s parents were both of Scottish descent and had immigrated to the Otago area of New Zealand where William (Snr) was employed as a Presbyterian Minister.[ii]
 
William was educated at Otago Boys College before entering the Otago Medical School. Doctor William Findlay graduated from the medical school in 1913.
 
Dr Findlay’s first appointment, in 1914, was with the New Zealand Tourist Department as the medical officer of their sanatorium in Rotorua.[iii] It was while he was working in Rotorua that he meets his future wife Elizabeth Mary Gallagher. Elizabeth was a nurse working for the Waikato Heath Department, possibly working in the Rotorua District.[iv]
Dr Findlay, in 1915, transferred to the Porirua Mental Institute. It was during Dr Findlay’s time at Porirua that he married, on the 25th July 1915 Elizabeth Mary Gallagher. The marriage was prior to Dr Findlay being appointed the next month as
a Captain in the New Zealand Medical Corp.
 
3/883A Captain Findlay’s military files note that ‘about 16th September 1915 he had sailed privately.’ [v]This may have
been as he was accompanied by his wife who, as non-military, would not have been allowed to travel on a ‘military’ vessel.[vi]
 
Captain Findlay arrived in Egypt in October 1915 and based in Cairo attached to the New Zealand No 2 Stationary
Hospital. Captain Findlay remained in Egypt until June 1916. During Dr Findlay’s time in Egypt his wife who had also travelled privately, was appointed as a Staff Nurse working in the No1 NZ General Hospital in Egypt.
 
In June 1916 NZEF resources were moved to England & France for service on the Western Front. Captain Findlay was shipped to England. Initially at Brockenhurst Captain Findlay was moved to France in August 1916.
Captain Findlay served in the No1 NZ Stationery Hospital at Amiens, France and would have tended the wounded from
the Battle of the Somme. As needed Captain Findlay was attached to Casualty Clearing Stations closer to the front line during 1917.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It would be eighteen months before Captain Findlay received leave in England and be able to have an English New Year with his wife.  In April 1918 Captain Findlay was deployed permanently to England joining the No2 General Hospital.  It
was while Captain Findlay was at the No2 General Hospital that his wife had their only child. John Farquhar Findlay was born on 20th September 1918 his birth was registered at Chertsey Registry Office.[vii]
 
Captain Findlay, Mrs Findlay and their six month old son returned to New Zealand in April 1919 on the SS Carinthia.
3/883A Captain William Farquhar Findlay was discharged from the New Zealand Expeditionary Force on the 28th July
1919.
 
Doctor Findlay, following his discharge, joined the Health Department and while he was posted to Dunedin  completed a diploma of public health. In 1920 Dr Findlay was transferred with the Health Department  in Wellington as the medical officer of health a position he held until his death in 1936.[viii]
 
Notes
John Farquhar Findlay, like his father, became a doctor,
 
References
Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files; 3/883A Captain William Farquhar Findlay
Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files; 22/274 Staff Nurse Elizabeth Mary Findlay
Papers Past Online
NZ BDM Online
UK BDM Online
 
Photos
Text and background - NZ No2 General Hospital Walton-on-Thames postcard: private collection
 
[i] NZ BDM 1887/6478 Findlay William Farquhar
[ii] Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files: 3/883A Captain William Farquhar Findlay
[iii] Obituary Dr Findlay, Evening Post 23rd January 1936
[iv] Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files: 22/274 Staff Nurse Elizabeth Mary Findlay
[v] Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files: 3/883A Captain William Farquhar Findlay
[vi] Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files: 3/883A Captain William Farquhar Findlay
[vii] UK BDM Chertsey 2a 86 Findlay John F
[viii] Obituary Dr Findlay, Evening Post 23rd January 1936
 
ANZAC Landiongs 1915