William Herbert SINCLAIR

SINCLAIR, William Herbert

Service Numbers: 2658, NX12117
Enlisted: 14 September 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 34th Infantry Battalion
Born: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 14 November 1893
Home Town: Maitland, Maitland Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Engine Cleaner
Died: Fairfield Convalescent Hospital, Fairfield, New South Wales, Australia, 29 June 1975, aged 81 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Rookwood Cemetery & Crematorium
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World War 1 Service

14 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2658, 34th Infantry Battalion
17 Nov 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2658, 34th Infantry Battalion
17 Nov 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2658, 34th Infantry Battalion, SS Napier, Sydney
14 Apr 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2658, 34th Infantry Battalion, GSW to left hand
2 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 2658, 34th Infantry Battalion, MD wounding

World War 2 Service

13 Apr 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN NX12117

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From: In Remembrance: Hungerford and Associated Families in the Great War 1914-1918

Pte William Herbert SINCLAIR, 

Regimental Number:   2658
Unit Name:   34th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement

 Religion:   Church of England

Occupation:   Engine Cleaner

Address:   187 High Street, West Maitland, NSW

Age of Enlistment:   23 years and 10 months

Enlistment Date and Place:   14 September 1916, Rutherford, NSW

Next of Kin:   Wife, Mrs. Mary Isabel Sinclair, 187 High Street, West Maitland, NSW

Rank on Enlistment:   Private

Embarkation Details:   Unit embarked from Sydney, NSW, on board SS Napier, on 17 November 1916

Rank from Nominal Roll:   Private

Unit from Nominal Roll:   34th Battalion

Campaigns Served:   France; Belgium


War Service/Promotions:   Marched in from overseas to England on 30 January 1917 to 9th Training Battalion. Sick to hospital on 10 February 1917 and admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, Wiltshire, England on 13 February 1917 with influenza. Discharged to depot on 27 February 1917. Proceeded overseas to France from Folkstone, Kent, England, on 3 May 1917. Marched in at Etaples, France, on 4 May 1917. Taken on Strength in the Field on 21 May 1917 in the 34th Battalion. Detached to 11th Coy. Field Engineers on 26 May 1917, and rejoined the 34th in Belgium on 13 June 1917. Detached to Bde. School on 28 October 1917, and rejoined from School on 8 November 1917. Leave to Paris, France, from 24 December 1917 until 3 January 1918. Leave to England on 18 February 1918. Rejoined from leave on 24 February 1918. Wounded in action on 14 April 1918, with gunshot wound, left hand, and admitted to 2/3 H.C. Field Ambulance. Transferred to 1st Australian General Hospital, Rouen, France, on 17 April 1918, and transferred to England the next day, per St David. Admitted to 2/1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, West Midlands, England on 19 April 1918. On 16 May 1918 transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital. Furlough from 18 June 1918 to 3 June 1918. Admitted to hospital in Bulford, Wiltshire, England on 27 June 1918, and discharged 29 June 1918. Marched in from Parkhouse, Larkhill, Wiltshire, England, on 1 October 1918. Admitted to hospital again on 18 December 1918, and discharged on 22 December 1918. On 4 February 1919 marched out to No 1 Com. Depot, Parkhouse, to Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, England, before his return home.

Fate:   Returned to Australia per HT Derbyshire, 2 March 1919, arriving 17 April 1919. He married Mary Isabel Winder, 28 August 1914, The Congregational Church Manse, Brown Street, Newcastle, NSW.

Place of Wounding:   Gunshot wound, left hand, 14 April 1918.

Place of Death:   29 June 1975, Fairfield Convalescent Hospital, Fairfield, NSW

Place of Cremation:   Rookwood, NSW

Medals/Citations:   British War Medal; Victory Medal