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William SINCLAIR

Regimental number2273
Place of birthEdinburgh, Scotland
SchoolSciennes School, Edinburgh, Scotland
Other trainingHeriot Nash College, Edinburgh, Scotland
Age on arrival in Australia22
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationElectrical mechanic
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs J I Sinclair, 70 Spottsmote Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
Previous military serviceServed in the Queen's Edinburgh Rifles and the Royal Engineers, Scotland.
Enlistment date7 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A63 Karoola on 16 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularBuried at Sea.
FateDied of wounds 8 August 1915
Place of death or woundingLone Pine, Gallipoli
Date of death8 August 1915
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 23), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
42
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Jane SINCLAIR, 70 Spottiswoode Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
Family/military connectionsNil.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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