Robert Finlayson Sinclair

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  • Name Robert Finlayson Sinclair  [1
    Born 1895  [1
    Gender Male 
    _STAT Never Married 
    Died Between 1 Sep 1942 and 30 Sep 1942  Longnawang, Borneo Island, Indonesia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • Long Nawang, Borneo Island, August 1942

      In August 1942 the Japanese soldiers executed a large number of refugees in this Kampong, including all crew-members from a Glenn Martin bomber and three crew-members from Dornier X-34. In early 1942 was a Dutch bomber Glenn Martin shot down by Japanese Zeros near Miri, British North Borneo. The plane commander, Luitenant-Vlieger-Waarnemer Groeneveld (Lieutenant) was able to find the rest of his crew after they bailed out of the plane. They were now in the neighbourhood of Miri (British-Borneo) and decided to try to avoid the Japanese, who had just landed there. Together with a number of British civilians they reached Long Nawang on February 3rd. At about the same date Luitenant-ter-Zee 3e klasse A. Baarschers from the Dornier flying-boat X-34, together with two of his crewmembers, reached Long Nawang. The X-34 had made an emergency landing on December 16th, while it was heading for the Japanese invasion fleet near Miri. In the next months Long Nawang became some sort of "safe-haven" for all sorts of refugees, military and civilian, trying to escape the Japanese invaders. On February 17 or 18 landed the Japanese troops at Boelongan. Several KNIL soldiers died, but others managed to reach the outpost Long Nawang after a journey of weeks. They found American and British refugees there, and with the soldiers, there were probably about 90 white people and about 35 natives. In April 1942 the Japanese heared from native Dajaks that there still where KNIL soldiers at Long Berang and Long Nawang. The Japanese commander demanded their capitulation. The refugees at Long Berang did so, and they surrendered to the Japanese at Malinau at the end of April, but the ones at Long Nawang stayed there. On August 20th, 1942, was Long Nawang taken by surprise by a Japanese company. On August 27th of that month almost all white military refugees and one Ambonese soldier were executed, and one month later also all women and children.
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    Person ID I42787  The Williams Family Tree
    Last Modified 10 Apr 2013 

    Father John Sinclair
              b. 12 Nov 1855, Latheron, Caithness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 5 Oct 1921, Quoys of Forse, Latheron, Caithness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Anne Sinclair
              b. 17 Jan 1865, Latheron, Caithness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 16 Jul 1948, Latheron, Caithness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 19 Jun 1890  Wick, Caithness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F12912  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - Between 1 Sep 1942 and 30 Sep 1942 - Longnawang, Borneo Island, Indonesia Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Headstone for John Sinclair (42656)
    Headstone for John Sinclair (42656)
    In loving memory of Rachel Young.
    John Sinclair of Quoys Forse died 5th October 1921 aged 65.
    Eldest daughter Rachel Young died 7th November 1896 aged 5.
    Daughter Margaret Campbell died 14th March 1928 aged 33.
    Son Robert Finlayson Sinclair died in Japanese hands Borneo 1942 aged 47.
    Wife Annie Sinclair died at Latheron West 16th July 1945 aged 83.

  • Sources 
    1. [S3520] Robert Ian Bain (Reliability: 3), 14 Mar 2009.

    2. [S3531] Headstone for John Sinclair (42656), (http://graven-images.org.uk/cgi-bin/lowgraph.pl?yard=lath-old&grave=124) (Reliability: 3), 14 Mar 2009.

    3. [S3520] Robert Ian Bain (Reliability: 3), 11 Mar 2009.