Palestine Jewish Revolt medal, pair of Musselbrough Grammar School Prize Medals, and quantity of related documentation and ephemera, as awarded to Signalman J.F. Sinclair, Royal Signals, who briefly saw service during the Second World War and then went on to see service in Palestine during the Jewish Revolt. Sinclair had previously distinguished himself whilst a pupil at Musselbrough Grammar School in Musselburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. He was awarded the “Delta Centenary” Prize Medal for 1939 to 1940, and the “Dux” Prize Medal for 1940 to 1941, the latter being in gold. Sold with a most impressive archive of items and ephemera.
General Service Medal 1918-1962, GVI 1st type bust, 1 Clasp: Palestine 1945-48; (14689698 SIGMN. J.F. SINCLAIR. R. SIGS.), with named card box of issue, and the Royal Signals Records Office forwarding letter for the medal with clasp, addressed to Mr. J.F. Sinclair, 12 Hope Place, Levenhall, Musselburgh, Midlothian, dated 17th July 1950.
Condition: Extremely Fine.
Together with the following quantity of original documents and ephemera:
Musselbrough Grammar School “Delta Centenary” Prize Medal, bronze, reverse engraved to: ‘John Forbes Sinclair Session 1939-40’, housed in its fitted presentation case.
Musselbrough Grammar School “Dux” Prize Medal, gold and enamel, 9 carat .375 gold marked, reverse engraved: ‘Dux Medal - Session 1940-41 Presented by the Town Council of Musselbrough to John Forbes Sinclair’. Housed in its presentation case.
Pair of identity tags, both stamped: ‘14689698 SINCLAIR D PRES’
Recipient’s private purchase identity bracelet, this engraved: ‘J.F. Sinclair Royal Signals Pres. 14689698’.
British Army Soldier’s Service and Pay Book, issued to John Forbes Sinclair, dated 11th April 1944.
National Services Act letter instructing Sinclair to attend a medical board examination for service on 20th October 1943 at Edinburgh, dated 13th October 1943.
National Services Act Grade Card, issued to Sinclair at Edinburgh, dated 20th October 1943.
British Army Record of Service Card, issued to Sinclair, dated 27th September 1947.
British Army Form for ‘Release to Reserve on Grounds of National Importance’ issued to Sinclair, dated 19th September 1947.
War Office Letter notifying Sinclair, of 12 Hope Place, Levenhall, Musselburgh, that he has been selected to attend an Officer’s Six Month University Course with the Royal Signals beginning in April 1944, dated 30th December 1943.
Army Blood Transfusion Service Identity Card issued to Sinclair, then undergoing a course at Exeter University, instructing him to attend a blood transfusion session on 18th July 1944 at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.
Royal Signals Records Sheet for Sinclair, dated 28th July 1950.
A small quantity of other related paperwork.
A good number of souvenir photographs and postcards relating to his time in the Middle East, including the Port Said, the Suez Canal, Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and other locations in Palestine. Over 50 individual images.
Royal Signals other ranks cap badge.
Royal Corps of Signals cloth shoulder title. Wartime issue.
Royal Musselburgh Golf Club Membership Badge.
Commemorative Medal for the 600th Anniversary of Westford Knight North America Voyage 1398-1998, commemorating the establishment of Prince Henry Sinclair’s Colony in America.
John Forbes Sinclair was born on 17th October 1925, and came from Levenhall, Musselburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. Sinclair was a student at Musselbrough Grammar School where he was awarded the “Delta Centenary” Prize Medal for 1939 to 1940, and the “Dux” Prize Medal for 1940 to 1941.
With the ongoing Second World War he enlisted for service with the British Army at Edinburgh on 3rd December 1943 as a Private (No.14689698) with the General Service Corps, and was called up on 11th April 1944. Initially selected for commissioning within the Royal Corps of Signals, he was then sent on a six months course, but presumably with the end of the war in sight, did not complete the course, or else was not eventually commissioned, and from 9th November 1944 saw service as a Signalman with the Royal Signals. Sinclair later qualified as a Radio Mechanic.
Sinclair does not appear to have seen any overseas service during the war, and is most probably only entitled to the War Medal 1939-1945 which was almost certainly never claimed. However he then went on to see service post-war in Palestine during the Jewish Revolt, and subsequently claimed this medal in July 1950, having by then been transferred to the Army Reserve on 10th October 1947.