Adair, James Sinclair (No. 127083)

Adair, James Sinclair

Lieutenant

No. 127083, 6th Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles

Died of illness in service on Wednesday 7 October 1942 (aged 52)

Buried:

Belfast City Cemetery (Section H Grave 471; not the Glenalina Extension)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Donaghadee and District War Memorial

Shore Street Presbyterian Church, Donaghadee

Father of Sergeant Thomas Adair (No. 1531154)

BIOGRAPHY

James Sinclair Adair was born on 23 March 1890 at 190 Agnes Street, Belfast and he was a son of Henry William Thomas Adair and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Adair (nee McKnight) who were married on 24 December 1881 in Eglinton Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast.  Henry William Thomas Adair, a mechanic from Belfast was a son of Thomas Adair, a preparing master.  Elizabeth McKnight from Belfast was a daughter of John McKnight, a dairyman.

Henry William Thomas Adair and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Adair (nee McKnight) had at least six children:

John Thomas (born 20 February 1884 at 49 Snugville Street, Belfast)

Mary Ann (born 1 February 1887 at 198 Agnes Street, Belfast; died of meningitis 7 April 1889)

James Sinclair (born 23 March 1890 at 190 Agnes Street, Belfast)

Victor (born 13 September 1891 at 174 Agnes Street, Belfast)

Albert (born 29 April 1894 at 174 Agnes Street, Belfast)

Herbert (born 7 October 1895 at 17 Jaffa Street, Belfast).

Records show that the Adair family lived at different addresses in Belfast, including 49 Snugville Street in 1884, 190 Agnes Street in 1890, 9 Jaffa Street in 1901 and 2 Century Street in 1911.

Henry William Thomas Adair died of a cerebral tumour on 4 November 1910 (aged 53) and his son James was with him when he died.  Elizabeth Adair died on 8 October 1927 (aged 67).  In both cases their last place of residence was 2 Century Street, Belfast and both were buried in Belfast City Cemetery (Section H Grave 471).

John Thomas Adair, who had been a member of Malone Rugby Club, died on active service during the First World War.  Before the war John Thomas Adair was a factory manager and during the war he served as a Lieutenant with the 10th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment attached to the 1st Battalion, Border Regiment.  He died on 22 August 1915 (aged 31) and was buried at sea.  Lieutenant John Thomas Adair is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey; on Page 1 in the Belfast Book of Honour – Journey of Remembering compiled by Derek Smyth and on James Sinclair Adair’s CWGC headstone in Belfast City Cemetery (where his age is inscribed as 26).

During the First World War James Sinclair Adair served as a Lieutenant with the Royal Irish Rifles and was held as a prisoner-of-war in German hands for about a year.  In civilian life James Sinclair Adair worked as a rent agent’s assistant and he was described as a Civil Servant when he and Jane Elizabeth Wooster from Kent were married on 25 February 1920 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church.  James Sinclair Adair, a clerk from 2 Lilac Villas, Century Street, Belfast was a son of Henry Adair, a supervisor.  Jane Elizabeth Wooster from 19 Maximfeldt Road, Erith, Kent was a daughter of Charles Wooster, a manufacturer.

James Sinclair Adair worked at the Ministry of Home Affairs at Stormont and he and Jane Elizabeth Adair (nee Wooster) had at least four children:

Thomas (born 9 June 1923 in Belfast)

Eileen (worked for the Ministry of Agriculture at Stormont)

Muriel

Dorothy Kathleen (born 16 July 1931, baptised in Shore Street Presbyterian Church, Donaghadee).

James Sinclair Adair and his family lived in Princess Gardens, Donaghadee and later at Laurington, Millisle Road, Donaghadee.  James was a member of the Masonic Order.

During the Second World War Lieutenant James Sinclair Adair served with the Royal Ulster Rifles on the Home Front and he was 52 years old when he died of a duodenal ulcer on 7 October 1942.  He was buried in Belfast City Cemetery in the same grave as his parents.  His effects amounted to some £440 and probate was granted to his widow.

Lieutenant James Sinclair Adair is commemorated on Donaghadee and District War Memorial and in Shore Street Presbyterian Church, Donaghadee.  His wife, Jane Elizabeth Adair, died on 25 October 1980 (aged 87) and she was buried in Belfast City Cemetery in the same grave as her husband and parents-in-law.

James Sinclair Adair’s son, Thomas Adair, also died in service during the Second World War.