Sinclair, John (No. 2367)

Sinclair, John

Rifleman

No. 2367, ‘A’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 22)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)

Kircubbin Presbyterian Church

BIOGRAPHY

In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Rifleman John Sinclair (No. 2367) was born in Kircubbin.

In the Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects, it is recorded that he was a son of Alexander Sinclair.

John Sinclair was born on 18 May 1894 and he was a son of Alexander and Mary Sinclair (nee McClements) who were married on 22 May 1888 in Glastry Presbyterian Church.  Alexander Sinclair from Kircubbin was a son of Robert Sinclair, a butcher.  Mary McClements from Kircubbin was a daughter of John McClements, a labourer.

The Sinclair family lived in Back of Green, Kircubbin.

Alexander Sinclair worked as butcher and he and Mary had at least two children:

Robert (born 4 January 1889 in Kircubbin and at the time of his birth his father was in Indianapolis, USA)

John (born 18 May 1894 in Kircubbin and at the time of his birth his father was in Indianapolis, USA)

John Sinclair lived in Kircubbin and he enlisted in Belfast.

Rifleman John Sinclair (No. 2367) served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Rifleman John Sinclair (No. 2367) has no known grave and he is commemorated in Kircubbin Presbyterian Church.

Alexander Sinclair’s brother Robert and Mary McClements’s sister Ellen were married on 24 August 1883 in Glastry Presbyterian Church.  Like his brother Alexander, and his father Robert, Robert Sinclair worked as a butcher.

Robert and Ellen Sinclair (nee McClements) lived in Back of Green, Kircubbin and they had twelve children, including John who was born in Kircubbin on 20 June 1887.  John Sinclair worked as a postman.