SINCLAIR, James Lees
(Service number 4/1062)

Aliases Known as Lees
First Rank Sapper Last Rank Second Corporal


Date 18 February 1889 Place of Birth Waimate, New Zealand

Enlistment Information

Date 21 May 1915 Age 26
Address at Enlistment Post Office, Dunedin
Occupation Telegraphist - NZ Post office
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Margaret Sinclair, 279 Leith St, Dunedin, NZ
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Fit

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in France
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 6th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Field Engineers
Date 14 August 1915
Transport HMBZT 27,28, Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With NZ Engineers
Last Unit Served With NZ Engineers

Military Awards

Service Medals 1914-1915 Star, BWM, VM
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 9 June 1917 Age 28
Place of Death Belgium
Cause Died of wounds
Notices Otago Daily Times , Issue 17038, 23 June 1917, Page 8
Memorial or Cemetery Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord, France
Memorial Reference I. 0.12
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Waimate First World War Memorial (as L Sinclair)

Biographical Notes

son of James & Margaret McLean Stewart. Possible that father James Sinclair was Mayor of Waimate from 1889 to 1900. At some stage the family have moved to Dunedin. Another brother served Harry Wilkie Sinclair but survied and died in 1969. Medals sent to sister, Ada Jessie Alexandrina Sinclair also living in Dunedin


Auckland Cenotaph, CWGC, Historical BMD, PapersPast, NZ Archives War record

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Researched and Written by

Liz Shea (SC branch NZSG); Teresa Scott, South Canterbury Genealogy Society

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