Major General Harry Finn c.1906
|Born||6 December 1852|
|Died||24 June 1924(aged 71)|
|Years of service||1871–1907|
|Commands held||General Officer Commanding Australian Military Forces (1904–05)
Commandant New South Wales Military District (1902–05)
Commandant Queensland Defence Force (1899–02)
|Awards||Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Mentioned in Despatches (2)
Major General Henry "Harry" Finn, CB, DCM (6 December 1852 – 24 June 1924) was a senior officer in the British Army who served as General Officer Commanding Australian Military Forces from 1904 to 1905.
Finn joined the British Army as a private in the 9th Queen's Royal Lancers in 1871. He served in the Second Anglo-Afghan War of 1878 for which he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and mentioned in despatches. He was commissioned into the 21st Lancers in 1881 becoming Inspector of Musketry for that Regiment in 1882 and Adjutant of the Regiment in 1884.
He was placed on half-pay from his regiment, and was promoted to the substantive rank of lieutenant-colonel on 2 March 1900. Taking up an appointment in Australia as Commandant of the Queensland Defence Force, he was granted the local rank of colonel whilst so emplyed from 2 March 1900. He became Commandant of the New South Wales military area in 1902. In 1904 he became General Officer Commanding Australian Military Forces and in 1905 he was made Inspector-General of the Australian Military Forces. He was a keen horseman and rode to and from his residence at Dawes Point Battery every day.
In 1886, he married Catherine Scott and they went on to have two daughters and one son.
- Harry Finn at Australian Dictionary of Biography
- "No. 27170". The London Gazette. 2 March 1900. p. 1436.
- The Barracks Guard Sydney Morning Herald, 24 December 1946
- A Look at the History of Officers Mess Victoria Barracks 1848 – 2001 by John Kreckler
Major General Sir Edward Hutton
|General Officer Commanding Australian Military Forces
Major General William Bridges
as Chief of the General Staff in 1909