Sinky was born Allan Michael Sinclair on Wednesday 7 January 1959 in the West Ham area of London. He has a sister Karen and a brother Doug.

Cpl AM Sinclair
Cpl AM Sinclair

When he was 18 months old the family moved to Brentwood and at the age of five, he went to Brookfield School in Hutton. Again the family moved to Luton when Sinky was nine and he attended Leagrave Primary School, which has been the same for all of Alyson and Sinky’s children.

On leaving his primary school Sinky went on to Challney High School. Sinky was a member of the ACF and on 15 April 1975 at 16 years old he enlisted as a junior in the RAC Junior Leaders Regiment in Bovington He joined JLR from 6 May 1975 until 11 September 1976 and it was there that Sinky formed his bonds and friendships with others.

So much that they were not all originally joining the same Regiment, however after some serious talking it was agreed that they would all stay together and so joined the Queen’s Own Hussars.

On 12 September 1976 Sinky had a change of status from junior to trooper and having qualified as Crew Gunner Chieftain he along with the others were posted and joined the Queen’s Own Hussars in Detmold. On arrival he went in to MT Troop were he gained his HGV 2 on 8 November 1983. He also completed all stages of his armoured trade training and was awarded his RAC Soldier Class I on 2nd May 1986. He was promoted to LCpl on 12 August 1981 and to Cpl on 8 April 1987.

Sinky had a passion for boxing and represented the Regiment in this chosen sport, he also worked in the gymnasium as an assistant PTI having passed his course on 10 November 1982.

Sinky completed two tours in Northern Ireland and was awarded his GSM Northern Ireland on 18 July 1977.

Having served his 12-year engagement, on 6 January 1989 Sinky left the Army.

He returned to Luton and retrained as an electrician. He had a spell as a bus driver but eventually became a tanker driver for some 10 years until his ill health forced him to stop work.

In June 2008, despite undergoing his treatment for cancer, he found the strength to take the family on a short break to Wales at half term and then with his family he climbed Mount Snowdon.

After a long fight against cancer, and with his family at his bedside, passed away in the early hours of Monday 2 September 2008, at the Pasque Hospice in Luton.

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