(Service number 85569)

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Date 14 November 1881 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 20 October 1917 Age 35 years 11 months
Address at Enlistment Palmerston Street, Westport
Occupation Chemist
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Katherine SINCLAIR (mother), Bank Street, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 11 inches. Weight 151 lbs. Chest measurement 32-37½ inches. Complexion fresh. Eyes blue. Hair fair. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing & colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated (left). Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Class A.

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Date 24 July 1959 Age 78 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Ashburton Cemetery
Memorial Reference Area 282 Presbyterian, Plot 2
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Sinclair, born on 14 November 1881 at Timaru, was one of the large family of Scottish-born parents, Peter Sinclair and Catherine née Ferguson, who had married in 1871 at Timaru. He enlisted on 20 November 1917 at Westport where he was a chemist.


NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives ref. AABK 18805 W5553 0105214) [13 November 2016]; Ashburton Cemetery burial record (Ashburton District Council) [12 November 2016]; Probate record (Archives NZ/FamilySearch) [13 November 2016]

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