Sinclair Mackay was born in Scullomie, Tongue on the 30 June 1900 the third son of Robert Mackay and Annie Mackay (She was christened Mary Anne but was always known as Annie). His father employed him in the family road contractor business, involved in a road building and maintenance contract for Sutherland District Council.
He enlisted into the Royal Naval Reserve and was sent to H.M.S. Victory, the Naval Training Depot at Portsmouth for his initial training. While he was at Portsmouth he contracted measles and after complications had set in, he died on the 15 of September 1918 aged 18 years. His father Robert, who had gone from Tongue to see him, returned home with his son’s body for burial. His brother Charles Mackay was also killed in World War One serving in the Cameron Highlanders.
SCOTTISH NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL EDINBURGH CASTLE MackaySinclair. 48212. Seaman. R.N.R. H.M.S. Victory. 15-09-18.
COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSIONMackay Seaman S. 48212. H.M.S. Victory. Royal Naval Reserve. 15 September 1918. Age 18. Son of Robert and Ann Mackay of Scullomie, Tongue.
Seaman Sinclair Mackay 48212, H.M.S. Victory is buried in a war grave in TONGUE CHURCHYARD in the Northwest angle of the church.