1. Memorial:Mikra Memorial Thessalonika
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.115
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour9D GQS

Awards & Titles:

Meritorious Service Medal

Early Life :

Born at Elham, Hythe, Kent into a military family to George and Barbour Rose Baikie. The family had moved (posted) to Wick, Caithness, Scotland by the time of the birth of his brother Gordon in 1885, Rose in 1889 and remained there until at least 1891, the year that sister Margaret was born. He had further siblings; Jessie and Mary at least were to follow.

It is presumed that due to his full career in the Army, that Sinclair would have joined the military as his first job around 1898. The major influence is his father; him being a Quartermaster Sergeant at Wick and his duties as an instructor in musketry.

Family :

Three of his brothers had joined the army, but his brother Albert is also reported to have perished at Loos on the 28th September 1915 in the Great War, having served as a Lance Corporal in 7th Seaforth Highlanders.

Education & Career :

Professional Soldier with a full career.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 2nd Battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry 

Action : Naval Campaign 

Naval Campaign is defined as to include all sea operations where attrition rates are in ones and twos and which do not fall within specific naval battles such as Jutland, Coronel, Falklands etc. This includes Merchant Navy losses.

Sergeant (1905), Colour Sergeant (1910), Quartermaster Sergeant (1911)

Detail :

Sinclair John Colley BAIKIE (MSM) RSM. 2nd King's Shropshire Light Infantry. 80th Bde, 27th Div. Born Elham, Hythe, Kent. Cenotaph Wick. Lost at sea. 21/02/17. Parents; Geo, East Banks, Wick Drowned at sea (from S.S. Princess Alberta) 21st February 1917. Panel 9 Mikra Memorial. The SS Princess Alberta was a British Steamer of 1,586 tons built in 1905 by Caledon Ship Building & Engine Co. Ltd. in Dundee and owned by M. Langlands & Sons. On the 21st February 1917 when on route from Stavros for Mudros she sunk after hitting a mine. Another source says SS Princess Alberta was attacked and torpedoed by enemy seaplanes in the Mediterranean on 21 February 1917. Also lost on the 'Princess Alberta' was Brother Major James Stuart SKINNER of the same battalion. Both men were members of the same lodge, St JOHN'S No 434. Sources Caithness Archives Roll of Honour 1914-1919 (Army)

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Light in Adjoodhia No. 836 E.C.Uttar Pradesh
Joined : St. John's No. 434 E.C. Madras
Joined : True Brothers No. 1210 E.C. Bengal

11th May 1905
29th June 1905
31st August 1905

There had been no meeting of True Brothers Lodge No.1210 at Dinapore from December 1907 until January 1907. This abeyance was closed when, on 5th January 1910, a group of members from Light in Adjoodhia Lodge No.836 joined True Brothers. Sinclair was one of these having resigned from 30th April 1909, seemingly having spent 4 years in Fyzabad.

He had been initiated with a group of soldiers so it seems that these soldiers had moved around, but taken Freemasonry with them. This is still the case when he joined St. Johns Lodge in Secundarabad on 29th January 1911, remaining a member here until his death in 1917.

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