Sinclair, David Barclay

He was the younger son of Sir Robert John Sinclair KCB, KBE, and Lady Sinclair  (daughter of R.S. Barclay), of Cleeve Court, Bristol. He was the brother of J.R.K. Sinclair (A1932-1938), and came to Winchester from West Downs. He left rather young, but even so had a term in Sixth Book and two terms as a House Prefect.  Without being conspicuously good at any particular game, he represented the house competently at a great number – football, cricket, rowing, running, and would have gained still more distinction had he chosen to stay out his time at school; but he decided to leave at the earliest occasion and many months earlier than was necessary. He joined a Young Soldiers’ Battalion of the Gloucester Regiment in September 1940. After periods at the Netheravon Small Arms School and at an OCTU, he was gazetted in July 1941 to 51st Battalion, Reconnaissance Corps.

They were posted to Suez, arriving there on 14th August 1942, and began their desert acclimatisation at Qassasin.   In early September they moved off towards the front line and began training for the attack Montgomery was planning at El Alamein.  Scheduled for the night of 23rd/24th October, almost as soon as 51 Reconnaissance Corps moved up to the minefields it came under heavy attack.

During the course of this action Sinclair was killed on October 27th, aged twenty.  He rests in grave XI.F.24 of the El Alamein War Cemetery.



War: World War 2

  • Surname: Sinclair
  • Forenames or initials: David Barclay
  • House: B
  • Years in School: 1936-1940
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Highland Light Infantry Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps
  • Date of Birth: 29th July 1922
  • Date of Death: 27th October 1942
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner B2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: El Alamein War Cemetery: Grave XI.F.24