Sinclair, John Henry Lund


He was the third son of Colonel Thomas Charles Sinclair CBE, RA, of Winchester, and of Lucy Iris Sinclair, the sister of Lieutenant-General Sir Otto Marling Lund KCB, DSO (I1905-1909). Like his two elder brothers, Christopher (I1929-34) – who commanded a battalion of the Rifle Brigade, and won two MCs in 1941, one at Beda Fomm and one at Sidi Rezegh – and Michael (I1931-1936) – who was killed trying to escape from Colditz – he came to Sunnyside, as it was then known, from the Reverend P.C. Underhill’s school, Wellington House, at Westgate-on-Sea. The Sinclair brothers covered ten years at Hopper’s between them and made a valuable contribution to the life of the House and School.

At Winchester John was in Sixth Book, a Senior Prefect, a good golfer and fencer, a  cross-country runner, and made some mark in debate.  He went on to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took a Second in French before going to the RMC OCTU in 1940. He gained his commission on March 8th 1941 in the Scots Guards, and took great pride in his platoon. John, like his brothers, was reported as a  first-rate officer.

He went to North Africa at the end of 1942 and was wounded in Tunisia in April 1943, but re-joined and went on to serve in Italy, having been promoted Captain.   He was wounded again but recovered in time to see service at Anzio in February 1944.

He was killed, aged 23 on 8th February 1944 having just successfully completed a valuable reconnaissance.   He lies in grave XX.D.12 of the Beach Head War Cemetery, Anzio.

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Sinclair
  • Forenames or initials: John Henry Lund
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1934-1939
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Scots Guards
  • Date of Birth: 9th November 1920
  • Date of Death: 8th February 1944
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner A2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Beach Head War Cemetery, Anzio: Grave XX.D.12