John Mitchell SINCLAIR

SINCLAIR, John Mitchell

Service Number: 619
Enlisted: 1 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Alberton, South Australia, 7 July 1894
Home Town: Grange, City of Charles Sturt / Henley and Grange, South Australia
Schooling: University of Adelaide (Law)
Occupation: Articled Law Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Merris, France, 30 July 1918, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide Members of the Legal Profession & Students at Law WW1 Honour Board, Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide University of Adelaide WW1 Honour Roll, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Henley Beach Council Fallen WW1 & WW2 Honour Board, Henley Beach Council WW1 Service Roll, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

1 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 619, 10th Infantry Battalion, Morphettville, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, 619, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Ascanius embarkation_ship_number: A11 public_note: ''
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, 619, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, 619, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
30 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 619, 10th Infantry Battalion, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front", --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 619 awm_unit: 10 Battalion awm_rank: Sergeant awm_died_date: 1918-07-30

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

John Mitchell (Jack) Sinclair was the son of JH Sinclair, SM and Mrs Sinclair of Grange. He attended Kyre College, SA (which became Scotch College) and was on the Prize List in 1909 in Form V. In 1910 Jack was a member of the Kyre College Second XVIII. He passed the University of Adelaide Junior Examinations in 1909 and the Special Senior Examinations in 1911. In 1912 the health of "our nations defenders" was honoured at his request at the third annual Kyre College Old Boys Association Dinner. In that same year Jack came second in the Kyre Sports 100 yards for "old boys".

From 1911 - 1914 Jack attended Adelaide University where he studied Law. He was articled to Messrs Webb & Kelly and had almost completed his studies at the outbreak of WWI. Jack was an oarsman for the Adelaide University Rowing Club and played football for the Adelaide University Football Club representing the "B” team in 1913 and 1914.

 Jack enlisted in the 10th Battalion on 27 August 1914 and embarked on the HMAT Ascanius on 20 October 1914.  He was wounded in the ankle at Gallipoli and sent to hospital in Malta. After three months he returned to Gallipoli and served there until the evacuation. He then served in France and at the Somme. Jack rose to the rank of Sergeant. He was killed in action at Merris, France on 30th July 1918 and is buried at Villers-Bretonneux, France.

While researching details for the Adelaide University Cricket Club and Adelaide University Football Club commemoration for 100 years of ANZAC a series of newspaper articles relating to Jack were located on Trove including two letters from Jack to his parents in 1915 and a moving tribute to Jack after he was killed in action in 1918.

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