House of Commons
Celebration of the life of Jimmy Sinclair, Desert Rat, aged 107
EDM #586
Tabled 09 June 2020
2019-21 Session
That this House notes with sadness the passing of Second World War hero Jimmy Sinclair of Blackcraigs, Kirkcaldy, at the age of 107; recalls his colourful career as a gunner for the elite Chestnut Troop, 1st Regiment Horse Artillery, of the 7th Armoured Division; notes that Jimmy joined the Territorial Army after leaving school and served with the Newburgh platoon of the Black Watch from 1931 to 1934 before signing up to the Royal Artillery in Perth at the outbreak of the Second World War and heading to the South of England to train with the Royal Horse Artillery; records its thanks for his dedicated and fearless service during the Second World War and with the Allied Control in Berlin; recalls the many commendations he received, including medals for his role in the siege of Tobruk and in the assaults on Monte Cassino where he was seriously wounded; recognises that Jimmy steadfastly refused to wear his medals out of solidarity for those who risked and lost their lives alongside him; and celebrates a long life lived to the fullest by this great character and passionately patriotic Scot.