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Oliver Ambrose SINCLAIR

Regimental number2081
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationApprentice motor-driver
AddressCharleville, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs. Rachael Sinclair, Hammell Street, Wickham, Newcastle
Enlistment date14 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Light Horse Regiment, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/7/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 31 January 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2081A
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 22 January 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At HILL 63 (PLOOGSTEERT) on the morning of the 7th June 1917, hostile shelling set fire to a large ammunition dump close to this Gunner's Battery. The fire spread to the Battery position and two gun pits caught fire. Gunner SINCLAIR at once seized a bucket and continued carrying water from a spot within a few yards of the burning ammunition dump to the gun pits until the fire in the latter was extinguished. his action undoubtedly saved much material damage, as the burning pits were full of ammunition, and he showed a splendid example to his comrades, of courage and devotion to duty. Ammunition in the burning dump was exploding the whole time.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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