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Archibald Neven SINCLAIR

Regimental number3758
Place of birthDunoon, Scotland
Address'Scapa', Bayview Road, Five Dock, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation35
Height5' 8.5"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinFather, Walter Sinclair, 'Scapa', Bayview Road, Five Dock, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 September 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name7th Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/26/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 30 November 1915
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).

Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
Age at death from cemetery records37
Place of burialMenin Road South Military Cemetery (Plot III, RowL, Grave No 25), Ypres, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Walter and Isabella Mercer SINCLAIR, Kilbride, Dickenson Avenue, Croydon, Sydney, New South Wales

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in leading his company with ammunition for the front line, through heavy barrage and across the open several times during the day, doing much useful work without heavy casualties. During subsequent operations he reconnoitered and arranged for his company to construct strong posts during consolidation of captured positions. He displayed the greatest fearlessness throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Transferred to 2nd Pioneer Bn, Moascar, 13 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916l disembarked Marseilles, France, 26 March 1916.

Appointed Temporary 2nd Lieutenant, 1 April 1916; rank confirmed,1 April 1916.

Promoted Lieutenant, 23 July 1916.

Detached to 2nd Australian Divisional School, Flesselles, 27 November 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 27 December 1916.

Promoted Captain, 25 March 1917.

To 5th Army Rest Camp, 12 May 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 20 May 1917.

Mentioned in Despatches, 9 May 1917.

Seconded to Pioneer Training Bn, England, 21 May 1917; marched in from France, 24 May 1917.

Awarded Military Cross.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 October 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, Belgium, 11 October 1917.

Wounded in action, and died of wounds, Belgium, 14 October 1917.

Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as Archibald Owen SINCLAIR. House name incorrectly entered as 'Scuha'.
SourcesNAA: B2455, SINCLAIR Archibald Neven

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