TECHNICIAN FIFTH CLASS ARTHUR H. SINCLAIR was born in New Jersey. Twelve at the time of the April 12, 1930 census, he was the son of Arthur and Katherine Eisele Sinclair. In 1930 the family, which included younger brother Warren, lived at 80 Grove Street in Haddonfield NJ. His father died in May of 1934 at the age of 40, in Haddonfield, after an illness of one year.
Arthur Sinclair was a star athlete at Haddonfield Memorial High School, and was signed with the New York Giants baseball team. By 1936 he was playing baseball in the independent and industrial leagues in Camden County, playing simultaneously for the Lucas Athletic Association team in the Lower County League and for the New York Shipbuilding Corporation team. He was one of the leading hitters and pitchers in the Camden County Baseball League, and led the circuit in hitting in the 1942 season.
Arthur Sinclair was inducted into the United States Army on July 23, 1942. One of the men he was inducted with, Salvatore Sapio, was also from Haddonfield, and the two had grown up together. Both men were assigned, with several other local men, to the 83rd Chemical Battalion, Motorized. This unit operated chemical mortars, firing phosphorous and smoke rounds. Arthur Sinclair was killed when the landing craft he was in, LST-422, was sunk by attacking German forces off the coast of Italy on January 26, 1944. Salvatore Sapio, and several of the other local men assigned to the 83rd Chemical Battalion were also lost in the rough seas, including Lester Dyer, James Parks, and William Phenegar, all from Camden. Also lost were Stanley Pokorsky of Delaware Township (Cherry Hill), and Edwin Johnson from Magnolia.
The death of Arthur Sinclair was reported in the March 23, 1944 and September 19, 1944 editions of the Camden Courier-Post. He was 26 when he was lost. Arthur Sinclair was survived by his widowed mother, Katherine Sinclair, who worked for a local coffee firm, and his brother Warren, then training as an aerial gunner at March Field CA.
May 17, 1934
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