Excerpt from The St. Andrew's College Review: Midsummer, 1913
He obtained work on a tramp schooner bound for Africa. Arrived in Africa he turned his hand to all kinds of work, but all were entirely foreign to him. He did not seem to be able to find his niche in the world of work. He felt he had made a failure of his life, but he never confessed it. He held that a man could only make a failure of life when he wrecked his body. Youth with health was the entire embodiment of hope.
Sinclair was born to be a soldier, in fact he could no nothing else - right. His gifts were soldiering ones and he answered the call of Nature when the early stages of the Boer War broke out. He enlisted in the South African Horse, a body of irregulars or volunteers.
Once started, he soon mounted the military ladder of success. \vhen the Boer War opened in earnest in 1898 he was a captain, and a very popular one too.
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