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VC687   John Alexander Sinton

BORN   2 December 1884

DIED   25 March 1956   AGE   71

VC Won   21 January 1916   AGE   31

Place VC Won   Orah Ruins, Mesopotamia, now Iraq

War/Campaign   First World War 1916

Name   John Alexander Sinton   No.      

VC Issue No.   687   Awards   VC   OBE

Regiment   Indian Medical Service



Rank VC Won   Captain

Rank End Of Career   Brigadier

Place Of Birth   Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Place Of Death   At his home, 'Slaghtfreedan Lodge', near Lough Fea, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Buried/Location Ashes   Claggan Presbyterian Churchyard, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland


Date Buried/Cremated   28 March 1956

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   21 June 1916

VC Presented   31 January 1918 by Lord Chelmsford, Viceroy of India at Red Fort, New Delhi, India


P  Headstone, Claggan Presbyterian Churchyard, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Sinton Hall at Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Sinton Court, near Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Ward named after him at Musgrave Park Military Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland    

P  Named on Memorial Gates, Constitution Hill, London

P  Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire

P  Victoria Cross Commemorative Plaque, British High Commission, 80 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

By The Way…

John Sinton was one of the worlds leading experts on malaria, also having the distinction of having three species of mosquito named after him

VC Held By

Royal Army Medical Corps Museum, Keogh Barracks, Mytchett Place Road, Ash Vale, Aldershot, Hampshire, England



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Thank you to Andrew Stuart for the headstone photos