Gunner William Sinclair

Gunner William Sinclair, 51st Division Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery. He died on Active Service, aged 26, in Belgium on the 27th July 1917. He had been born in Selkirk in 1890 and was the son of James and Mary Sinclair of 11 Back Feus, Selkirk. He a driver in the artillery and was kicked by a mule and died in the 2nd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station. He is buried in Lijssenhoek Military Cemetery, Flanders, Belgium. Before enlisting he had been employed as a pattern weaver at the St Mary’s Mill in Selkirk. The R.F.A normally used the 18 pounder field gun with either high explosive or shrapnel shells one of which is shown below. The other photo shows a gun and its crew in action.

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