An Interesting Family Group of Medals: three to 2084 CORPL (later SJT.) S.SINCLAIR.78TH.HIGHLANDERS, comprising Military General Service Medal with Persia clasp, India Mutiny Medal with Lucknow and Defence of Lucknow clasps and Victoria Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (2nd. type, swivelling, scroll suspension); a pair to 5773 PTE.S.S.SINCLAIR.2:SEA.HIGHRS, comprising Queen's South Africa Medal, with Cape Colony, Transvaal and Wittebergen clasps and King's South Africa Medal, with South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902 clasps; a group of four, to 26 C.S. (later A.W.O.CL.2) F.W.SINCLAIR.K.O.SCO.BORD. comprising Edward VII Territorial Force Efficiency Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal; a First World War Pair, to JOHN SINCLAIR, comprising British War Medal and Mercantile Marine War Medal; a Single unrelated Mercantile Marine War Medal, to ALBERT E. DOBBING. (12)
**These medals are accompanied by an extensive framed obituary to Sjt. S. Sinclair, dated June 28th., 1905, providing an account of the deceased's distinguished military service, noting that he "... was wounded on many occasions, being one time shot through the forehead" and stating that, " .... although he is not decorated with the Victoria Cross, no man who obtained that distinction while serving in the ranks of the 78th. deserved it better". Also included is a leather purse, named and dated 1884, originally containing sovereigns, which was presented to him on his subsequent retirement after 21 years service as Drill Instructor to the Volunteer Company, the K.O.S.B. in Penpont, Dumfriesshire.