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Sinclair, William Smith

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William Smith Sinclair MB, CM, DPH.

Royal army medical corp

New Zealand Army Medical Corps
He is remembered with honour on the New Zealand National War Memorial, Canterbury Provincial Memorial, Christchurch, New Zealand, the University of Glasgow Roll of Honour and Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 4 Line 48.

The family home was Lorne House, 108, West Clyde Street, Helensburgh The son of Charles Stewart and Agnes Sillars.
Although described as a Major on the Helensburgh War Memorial, William Sinclair had been promoted to Captain shortly before his death.

William Sinclair was born in Helensburgh and after being educated at Larchfield School, he trained as a Doctor at Glasgow University.

He took up practice, firstly in Wigan, and then in St. Vincent Street, Glasgow. He married May Yuile Duncan and had one son, Keith, before moving, alone, to New Zealand in 1908. His wife was granted a divorce in 1913.

William returned with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, serving in Egypt 1914-15 and on the Western Front 1918-19. He was returning to New Zealand on a troop ship, when taken ill. He died of heart failure following an epileptic seizure. An illness he had suffered from all his life.

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