|Place of birth||St Kilda, Victoria|
|School||Brighton Road State School, St Kilda, Victoria|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Age at embarkation||20|
|Next of kin||Father, Samuel Sinnatt, 226 Barkley Street, St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Served in the Senior Cadets for 2 years; in the Citizen Military Forces for 2 years.|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||12th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/29/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on
|Regimental number from Nominal Roll||1341|
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||52nd Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Messines, Belgium|
|Age at death||21|
|Age at death from cemetery records||21|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 29), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
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|Parents: Samuel and Eleanor SINNATT, 226 Barkley Street, St. Kilda, Victoria|
|Family/military connections||Brother: 2152A Sergeant Farley Richard SINNATT, 43rd Bn, returned to Australia, 13 July 1919.|
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Admitted to hospital, Gallipoli, 28 June 1915 (diarrhoea). Disembarked Alexandria ex Malta, 12 July 1915. Rejoined unit, 25 July 1915. Disembarked Alexandria, 6 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation). Taken on strength, 52nd Bn, Serapeum, 2 April 1916.
Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 12 June 1916. Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 12 August 1916 (whitlow); transferred to 1st Australian Rest Station, 12 August 1916; to 7th Australian Field Ambulance, 12 August 1916; discharged to duty, 15 August 1916.
Wounded in action, 3-4 September 1916 (shell wound, back); admitted to 1st Canadian Field Ambulance, 4 September 1916; transferred to 4th General Hospital, Camiers, 5 September 1916 (gun shot wound, back); to England, 9 September 1916, and admitted to Reading War Hospital, 10 September 1916; to Woodcote Park, Epsom, 28 September 1916; to 2nd Command Depot, 23 October 1916; to 4th Command Depot from furlough, 22 November 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 11 December 1916. Found guilty, 29 December 1916, of falling out in the line of march: forfeited 1 day's pay. Rejoined 52nd Bn, 5 January 1917.
Found guilty, while on Active Service, absenting himself from 7.45 am parade, 1 February 1917; period absent: 1/4 hour: awarded 21 days' Field Punishment No. 2. To detention, 4 February 1917; rejoined unit from detention, 23 February 1917.
Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 10 April 1917 (STR, left foot); rejoined unit, 14 April 1917.
Killed in action, France, 11 June 1917.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal