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William SINCLAIR

Regimental number9990
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationContractor
Address'Kinross', Union Street, Petersham, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinWife, Mrs J Sinclair, 'Kinross', Union Street, Petersham, New South Wales
Enlistment date12 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Reinforcement 13
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 17 December 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollComissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Division Artillery
FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On 27/7/17 near YPRES, the 114th How. Battery Position at I.7.b.3.8. was heavily shelled by enemy 6.9" Hows., and the ammunition dump immediately adjoining the Battery set on fire. in spite of the heavy enemy bombardment, and the continual bursting of our own 4.5" H.E. and Gas shell, No. 9990 Sergeant W. SINCLAIR immediately proceeded to extinguish the fire, and continued at his self-imposed task until ordered to desist by his Battery Commander. His initiative and coolness was a magnificent example to all ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 0
Date: 24 January 1918

Military Cross

'During the operations on 29th September 1918, in front of Belicourt, he, whilst in charge of a forward section suddenly encountered heavy artillery fire and machine gun fire from an enemy position, causing several casualties. He located his hostile battery and neutralized it, during the advance of some tanks. Although wounded on coming into action, he showed great dash and complete disregard of personal safety throughout the operation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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