John Francis Laurence Sinclair Namibia Denmark Scotland

Biography of John Francis Laurence Sinclair

John Francis Laurence Sinclair enrolled at the University in 1940 with a view to obtaining a BSc degree.

Sinclair was born on 7 August 1922 in South West Africa, modern day Namibia, son of James, a mine captain, and Helen Sinclair (nee Moncrieff), of Grootfontein.

At the time of his matriculation in 1940, Sinclair resided at Lerwick, Shetland. He received an Education Authority grant, and attended classes in Natural Philosophy, Mathematics, Engineering Drawing and Chemistry, while also attending classes at the Royal Technical College.

Sinclair's studies were interrupted by the Second World War, when he enlisted in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He was killed in action on 18 July 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant Pilot of 181 Squadron.

Flight Lieutenant Sinclair is buried at Copenhagen Bispebjerg Cemetery.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • R8/5/61/10 Matriculation Slips 1940-41 Men S


John Francis Laurence Sinclair
Born 7 August 1922.
Died 18 July 1945.
GU Degree: Science and Engineering, 1940-41;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: military
English snippet: Flight Lieutenant Pilot
Record last updated: 29th May 2014

Country Associations

Namibia Namibia, No Region
Place of Birth

Denmark Denmark, Copenhagen
Place of Death

Scotland Scotland, Lerwick

University Connections

University Roles

  • Student