Malcolm Maclean, 26 North Bragar

Stornoway Gazette, 26 December 1941
It was with deep regret it was learned last week that Chief Ordnance Artificer Malcolm Maclean, formerly of 26 North Bragar, had lost his life on HMS Repulse, when she and HMS Prince of Wales were sunk by Japanese aircraft off the Malayan coast.

Seaman Donald Macdonald, 41 Leurbost, who was on HMS Prince of Wales was among those saved. Another lad with Lewis connections was also among those saved from the Prince of Wales. He is Roderick Mackenzie, son of Mr Alex John Mackenzie, Kilmarnock, a native of Stornoway, and for many years a member of the Post Office staff there.

Malcolm Maclean was an exceptionally fine type physically and in every respect. He was an outstanding athlete and won numerous awards for running, jumping and rowing. Even as a youth he was an unusually powerful swimmer.

On the Wednesday before the outbreak of war, he was married to Christina Maciver of 4 Upper Coll, and he is survived by his widow and a baby daughter. He also leaves two sisters - Mrs John Mitchell, Kenneth Street, Stornoway and Mrs Mackay, Glasgow. His only brother, John, is serving at present as a special constable in the Thames Police. Deep sympathy is extended to them all in their bereavement.

John Murdo Mackay, 1 Carishader

Stornoway Gazette, 19 December 1941
News was recently received by Mrs Mackay, 1 Carishader, that her son, Seaman John Murdo Mackay, has died as a result of injuries sustained on board his ship. John Murdo, who was 23 years of age, was one of the first to be conscripted from this district after the outbreak of war, and he served on board the same minesweeper ever since his call-up. The suddenness and unexpectedness of the news cast a deep gloom over the whole district where John Murdo had been most popular. His brother Angus, who is serving in the same flotilla, was with him at the end. The remains arrived in Stornoway on Saturday, 6 December, and the funeral to Ardroil Cemetery on Monday was attended by all who could move, testifying to the esteem in which he had been held, and the deep sympathy extended to his widowed mother, brothers and sisters.

Angus Macdonald, 30 Lower Shader

Stornoway Gazette, 19 December 1941
News has been received from Germany of the death of Seaman Angus Macdonald, 30 Lower Shader, Barvas.

When HMS Vandyck was sunk more than a year ago, Angus, along with several other members of the crew, including the ship's captain, was first a prisoner of war in German-occupied Norway, and later in a prison camp in Germany. Up to the time of his entry into a German hospital his letters to his lonely mother and sister were always bright and cheery and invariably referred to the Great Day of Peace and longer for homecoming, with great optimism and courage. We cannot therefore but realise how great was his mother's grief on receipt of the following letter from his ship's Captain, after a period of nien weeks' suspense of wearying news of him.

Dear Mrs Macdonald,
It is with deep regret that I write to tell you of the sad death of your son, Angus, who died in hospital from tuberculosis of the throat. He received all possible care but he passed away on Saturday, October 4th.

He was buried today with naval honours and a party of thirty officers and men, including all those from Stornoway, attended the funeral. Many beautiful wreaths were sent, including one from his old shipmates on HMS Vandyck and one from the officers and men of the German Naval Command. He lies, with others, at peace, in a little country graveyard with pine trees around. The service was performed by the British chaplain. I hope I may be able to send you some photographs later.

I know how deeply you will mourn his loss, but you must take comfort in the thought that he died in the service of his King and Country and no man can have a finer end to his life on earth.

With much sympathy,
Yours very truly,
G.F.W. Wilson, Captain, RN
(late HMS Vandyck)

The letter surely contains sad news of a loved one, one who took care that he would spare those near and dear to him the painful knowledge that he was thus suffering in a strange land wehre they could not even visit him. It has, however, a comforting though, and with the sender we all extend our deepest sympathy to his mother and sister, relatives and friends.

Murdo Macdonald, 3 Stag Road, Stornoway

Stornoway Gazette, 19 December 1941
On Monday, Mrs John Macdonald, 3 Stag Road, Stornoway, received official intimation that her son, Sergt Murdo Macdonald, of the Royal Tank Corps, aged 26, had been killed in action in the Middle East. Before joining the Army seven years ago, Murdo was employed for a time with Messrs S. A. Newall & Sons, and prior to that he was a message boy with Mr John Mackenzie, Bayhead. His father, the late John Macdonald, belonged to Shader, Point. Three brothers are serving with HM Forces. Duncan is on foreign service with the Seaforths; John in the Merchant Navy, and Alex, undergoing training with the Army. The youngest boy, Kenneth, is the only member of the family at home with the mother. One sister, Mary, is married in England. Great sympathy is felt for Mrs Macdonald, and the members of her family in their bereavement.

John Norman Macleod, Tarbert

Stornoway Gazette, 12 December 1941
Among those lost on HMS Cossack was Leading Seaman John M Macleod, a son of the first officer Norman Macleod, Seaforth Cottage, Tarbert and of 53 Castlemilk Drive, Croftfoot, Glasgow. The deceased was 21 years of age. He joined the Royal Navy when he was 18, and was getting on very well as he always had a great liking for the sea. No doubt he inherited this from his father, who was a first officer for many years with Sloan & Co, shipowners, Glasgow. Some time ago, the father was called back from retiral to act as shore superintendent for that firm. John was a young man of promise, and if he had been spared, his advancement in the Navy was assured. He was much favoured by all who knew him and many regret the loss of this young and promising life. Much sympathy has been expressed locally with the father and other relatives.

Norman Graham, 9 South Dell

Stornoway Gazette, 21 November 1941
We deeply regret to announce that Mr Norman Graham, 9 South Dell (Tomas) has received the sad news that his son, Norman Graham, seaman, RNR, has been lost at sea on war service. No particulars are known at present, but further reference to the death of this young man will be made when details are known.

Neil Macmillan, 33 Gravir

Stornoway Gazette, 14 November 1941
News has been received by Mr Malcolm Macmillan, 33 Gravir, that his son, Neil, aged 31, and a merchant seaman, has been lost at sea. Neil first went to sea in 1937, then worked ashore for a time, but the sea was in his blood and he joined a ship again early in 1940.
He was quiet and friendly by nature, and endeared himself to everyone in the village. Deep sympathy is extended to his parents, brothers and sisters in their great loss.
The family is outstanding for the contribution they have made to the services. Neil was one of 5 brothers serving in the Merchant Navy or Armed Forces. His brothers are:
Lieut. John M Macmillan, Seaforth Highlanders; Petty Officer Donald Macmillan, RNR; Signalman Malcolm Macmillan, RNR (who was a University student prior to enlistment) and Colin John Macmillan, Merchant Navy.

Patrick King, Greenock

Stornoway Gazette, 7 November 1941
On Monday, the body of a soldier was found washed ashore at Healar, North Tolsta. It is believed to be that of a Royal Artilleryman, whose wife and family reside in Greenock. He worse a heavy white coat and a light green cape. It is thought that the body may have been on a large raft which drifted on to the rocks at Tolsta Head on Sunday night. The body was taken by the Naval authorities to Stornoway.

Stornoway Gazette, 14 November 1941
The body of a gunner in the Royal Artillery, washed ashore last week at Tolsta, was buried with military honours in Sandwick Cemetery on Thursday. The funeral was from Martin's Memorial Church, where the remains had lain overnight, and the service was conducted by Rev. Ian Carmichael, DSO, MC. The coffin was carried from the church by a bearer party of soldiers and a firing party discharged three volleys over the grave. An RAF bugler sounded the Last Post and the Reveille. The identity of the soldier has been established and it is understood that he leaves a widow and three of a family.

Ian Maclean, Edinburgh

Stornoway Gazette, 24 October 1941
Intimation has been received by Mr and Mrs Maclean, 304 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, that their son, Pilot Officer Ian Maclean, Royal Canadian Air Force, has been posted "missing now presumed lost", during operations over enemy territory. PO Maclean's father hails from Valtos, Uig, and his mother from Ranish, Lochs, and although he was born in the Lowlands, he was a fluant Gaelic speaker and upheld everything dear to Lewis.
Born 30 years ago, he completed his education at Boroughmuir School, Edinburgh, and, at the early age of 18, emigrated to Canada, to work in the Sun Life Assurance Co., Montreal. During his stay there he became a very popular young man and was rapidly making a name for himself in the golf and rugby circles.
On the outbreak of war, he volunteered for service as an AC2 in the RCAF and 9 months later he arrived in this country. PO Maclean was of a quiet disposition and never talked of his work or experience. Our deepest sympathy is extended to his father, mother and family.

Alexander Graham, 19 Swainbost

Stornoway Gazette, 17 October 1941
Many friends will learn with profound regret that news has been received by Mrs Graham, 3 Stewartville Street, Glasgow, that her husband, Alick Graham, of 19 Swainbost, Ness, is presumed lost on active service. Alick, better known locally as "Skipper" was an RNR gunner on the cruiser Fiji, which put up a glorious fight in the battle of Crete, last May. Mrs Graham was informed officially some weeks ago that her husband is presumed to have lost his life in the battle, and she has since received a letter of condolence from the ship's captain. Alick, who was a very bright young man, was liked by all who knew him. In civil life he was employment in the granary section of the Clyde Trust. To his wife and son as well as to his mother, brothers and sisters sincere sympathy is extended. His Captain's letter pays him tribute in these terms: "He was a splendid man and carried out his duties in the battle of Crete magnificently. It is indeed a tragedy he was not among the survivors that day".

Angus Macleod, 42 Coll

Stornoway Gazette, 17 October 1941
News was received by Mr John Macleod, 42 Coll, last Sunday, that his son, Angus, who was serving in the Mercantile Marine, had been accidentally killed in a London dock. This is the second fatality in the family this year. Angus was the eldest of the family and was 23 years of age. William, a younger brother, and a naval reservist, lost his life as a result of enemy action about six months ago. The sympathy of the whole community is extended to the family in their double bereavement.

Murdo Murray, 5 North Dell

Stornoway Gazette, 10 October 1941
Once more the village of North Dell, Ness, is mourning for the loss on active service of one of its most popular sons, Murdo Murray, RNR< son of the late Donald and Mrs Murray of No 5. Only a few weeks ago he was home, having obtained special leave for the annual trip to North Rona of which he was the tenant and with which the family has been associated for centuries. Murdo was a direct descendant of the "Gobha Gorm", the 31st. Tradition has it that the latter was instructed in the art of making swords and other implements by the fairies and for 29 generations his descendants plied the smith's craft on the same site in Swainbost. Formerly, at least, the ore used was dug locally. Murdo himself was the first of the line to wander from the family traiditon. He became a builder and no doubt modern conditions played thier part in his decision. It was characteristic of him that when in charge of a gun on a former ship his first request was that the crew should refrain from swearing while at exercises. Yet he was never a prig and loved a good joke. He was on board the Nelson when she was damaged early in the war, and was subsequently on a ship which was torpedoed in mid-Atlantic. The sympathy of the community goes out to his sister and mother, who is herself a member of a remarkable family, widely known for their grace and hospitality. He was a most considerate son who never asserted himself, but deferred to her judgment in all matters.

William Murray, 7 Upper Coll

Stornoway Gazette, 3 October 1941
William Murray, third son of Mr and Mrs Kenneth Murray, 7 Upper Coll, has lost his life through enemy action at the early age of 20 years. William, who was serving with the Merchant Navy for a year prior to his death, was quiet, gentle and unassuming by nature and possessed a keen sense of humour and ready wit. He was a very popular lad, well liked and respected by all who came in contact with him. To his sorrowing parents, brothers and sisters, we tender our heartfelt sympathy in their sore bereavement.

Stornoway Gazette, 10 October 1941
Seaman Alex Macleod, RNR, son of Mr and Mrs William Macleod, 20 Back, was killed in an accident recently at a Scottish port. He had not quite attained the age of 21. An exceptionally handsome lad, he was known by his friends as Dempsey, in tribute to his splendid physique and he will be remembered by many as a redoutable figure on the football field when he played left back for the Back XI. A quiet and cheerful lad, Alex was very popular and the attendance at the funeral to Gress cemetery was so large, despite the absence of so many men from home, that there were only two "lifts" on the two mile stretch between the house and the graveside.

Alex had just finished his recruit's training as a naval reservist when war broke out and he was posted to HMS Salopian, along with his brother Kenny. The brothers were drafted to different ships, however, after teh loss of the Salopian. A third brother, William, was rejected on medical grounds when he wished to join the Navy but succeeded in joining the Army. He went to France with the Camerons and was taken prisoner.

Morrisons of Lionel lost in River Clyde tug

Stornoway Gazette, 26 September 1941
Two brothers from Ness lost their lives last week when a tug was blown up in the River Clyde. The disaster is believed to have been due to an unexploded bomb which had been embedded int he river bottom after the March blitz.

The Ness victims of the disaster are Murdo Morrison and John Morrison, sons of the late Mr and Mrs Angus Morrison, 30 Lionel. Murdo, who was 49 years of age, was a foreman with a Glasgow shipbuilding firm, having been in the same employment continuously for the past 22 years. He was a married man with three of a family. He served throughout the Great War, coming through without a scratch. In the March blitz, his home in Clydebank was damaged and it was only quite recently that he and his family had returned to it.

John, who was 40 years of age, was married only 6 months ago to Mary Maciver, 32 Lionel. His home was on his father's croft at 30 Lionel. He had been employed for the past 2 years with his brother's firm and prior to that he had worked with the firm on several occasions over a period of years.

Murdo survived the explosion for some hours and had regained consciousness in hospital before his death. John's body has not so far been recovered. Much sympathy is felt for the sorrowing widows, for Murdo's children and for their brothers and sisters. Two sisters are resident in Lewis and a third in Chicago, there is a brother in New Zealand and another brother on the Paisley constabulary.

Workmen and coloured seamen in a nearby ship rushed to help in the rescue work when the explosion, which shook a two-mile area and brought people out of their houses in alarm, occurred. Tugs were about to tow a large merchant ship out of the basin when the explosion occurred. Debris was thrown high into the air and the tug sank. Several of the crew were blown into th ewater. Another climbed up the superstructure as she sank. A rescue picked him off in time. Coloured sailors launched small boats to help in the rescue work. They picked up the tug captain. One man swam to an unconscious seaman and brought him to safety. A workman who was standing on a jetty was killed instantly; a companion died in an ambulance. Splinters and blast injured other men, who were taken to Glasgow Western Infirmary.
Hundreds of people streamed out of a nearby factory thinking an air raid had started. As they stood looking up at the sky, the works ambulance shot past them and the workers rushed after it.
"all kinds of debris were shot high into the air," one of the workers told a reporter. "When we came near to the river, we saw the tug going down in front of our eyes. The coloured sailors had boats lowered like lightning and they picked up three men who had been blown into the water. Another fellow - just a lad - climbed higher and higher off the deck as the tug sank under him. He was saved just as it disappeared under the water. "A mast had been split, but I did not see much other damage on the tug's deck".

Alexander Macleod, 20 Back

Stornoway Gazette, 26 September 1941
News was received by Mr william Macleod, 20 Back on Monday of last week, that his son, Alexander, a naval reservist, serving on board one of HM ships, was accidentally killed. Alexander, who had left home just a fortnight previously, after a short leave, was along with another brother on board HMS Salopian, when she was torpedoed. But after the loss of the Salopian, they were drafter to different ships. His remains arrived by steamer at Stornoway on Wednesday 17 September and burial took place the following day. Mr Macleod, who is a deacon in the Free Church at Back, had three sons in the Naval Reserve. A fourth son in the Cameron Highlanders is a prisoner of war in Germany. Much sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.

Neil Mackenzie, Urgha

Stornoway Gazette, 26 September 1941
Much regret was occasioned locally by the sad news received at the beginning of last week by the relatives of Private Neil Mackenzie, Camerons, Urgha, Harris, that died in hospital on 18th August 1941. Neil was with the other local lads in the fighting on the Somme in May and June 1940. He was severely wounded on 4 June, and admitted to hospital in occupied France on 13th June, 1940. He wrote home from hospital, the last letter from him being written in July, and he did not then complain of his condition. This letter reached his wife in November 1940, and since then, apart from an intimation from the War Office that he had been admitted to hospital on the above mentioned date, no information was received about him. In these circumstances, his relatives were anxious about his fate. The news of Neil's death came as a great blow to his wife, who is left with one child, and to his mother, now getting up in years. The deceased was the youngest son of the late Samuel Mackenzie, Urgha. He would have been 28 years of age in October. A bright, active and cheerful young man, he was much liked by all who knew him. He was of a most kind and sympathetic disposition and could win friends anywhere. His death came as a great shock to the whole community, especially as hope had always been entertained that he was safe. Much sympathy is felt for his wife and mother.

Murdo Macdonald, 38 Upper Bayble

Stornoway Gazette, 12 September 1941
It is with the deepest regret we record a most tragic coincidence in the families of two brothers, Norman and John Macdonald of 51 and 38 Upper Bayble. Shortly after Norman had taken home the remains of his son, Donald, from Lewis Hospital, news was received by John that his son Murdo had been killed in a motor accident while on service. [...] Murdo, a young man of 31, was as full of verve and vivacity as his cousin was reserved, an individual at perfect peace with himself and the world. His charm and perpetual smile were an anodyne to the depressed mind. A tragic circumstance of his death is that he escaped from the jaws of death several times on service at sea, only to lose his life in a motor accident on land. Possessed of the quiet courage and steadfastness characteristic of our oldest service, he would always make light of his experiences and the dangers and hazards he encountered. It is hard to realise we have been bereft of his cheerful personality. To both parents and families we extend the condolences of the whole community in their sad bereavement. We can sympathise with them but only surmise the grievousness which such a loss can occasion to those who hold them dear.

It is with deep regret we learned of the death of Seaman Murdo Macdonald, best known to his friends as Pillan. Tuesday afternoon brought the sad news which cast gloom over the village of Bayble, and on his many friends in various parts of the island, that he had been knocked down and killed by a bus in Gourock shortly after coming ashore. It is ironical that, after surviving so many dangers on sea, he should lose his life so tragically on land. It is so difficult to believe that he has been cut off from our midst in the prime of his life at the early age of 31 years. His naturally charming manner attracted all who came in contact with him and made friends for him wherever he went. Not only in his own household was he a willing helper, he was always ready to offer help to anyone in need. He was never seen without a smile and a cheery word for everyone. Only those who knew him intimately fully realise what it is to miss that smile forever. He was a friend worth having and our sincere sympathy goes out to his parents, sisters and brothers, at home and in Canada, in their sore bereavement.

Malcolm Macleod, Scalpay

Stornoway Gazette, 1 August 1941
The island of Scalpay was cast in gloom on the evening of Wednesday 16 July when it became known that Calum Macleod, son of Mr Donald John Macleod, Brae Cottage, Scalpay, had died suddenly after an accident aboard his ship. Calum who was 27 years of age, was very much liked by everyone. He was a very diligent son. His father is a widower with seven of a family. When the eldest was only 12 years, his wife died, yet they all grew up well. Calum who left home in his teens, was a great help to his father. Mr Macleod has another son in the Merchant Navy and one in the Navy. The sincere sympathy of the community goes out towards the whole family in their sad loss.

Alexander Morrison, 5 New Holdings, Leurbost

Stornoway Gazette, 18 July 1941
It was with deep sorrow we learned that Alexander Morrison, third son of Mr and Mrs Murdo Morrison, of 5 New Holdings, had lost his life through enemy action at the early age of 23. He was called up for service in August of last year when he expressed a preference for the Navy, and from then until the time of his death he served as a seaman on one of HM trawlers. He was always well groomed and immaculate in appearance, quiet, gentle and unassuming of manner and of unimpeachable character. He was a very popular lad, well liked an respected by all who came in contact with him, for of him it could be truly said that he was one of Nature's gentlemen. Of a reserved an even shy disposition, he was never very talkative in company, often preferring that silence which one finds companionable and which is sometimes more eloquent that words. His death is a tragic loss to many and especially those to whom he was near and dear, for he possess those fine traits of character, coupled with a charming and attractive personality, which made friendships staunch and true. It is hard for us who knew him so well to believe that the sun of his young life has set for ever, and that never again shall we behold the neat familiar figure and the dark handsome head. And now, as we mourn him in his unknown grave beneath the silent sea, whose cruel, hungry depths have robbed us of others whom we knew, we know that though he has gone his memory will remain fresh and fragrant always, and that his name will not be forgotten. To his sorrowing parents and brothers we tender our sincere sympathy in their sore bereavement.

John Smith, 11 Lionel

Stornoway Gazette, 13 June 1941
On Monday 20th May, the community was deeply grieved to learn that Mr and Mrs Donald Smith (Baker), 11 Lionel, Port of Ness, received a postcard from Pte Giblin, Seaforth Highlanders, who is a prisoner of war in Germany, saying that on making inquiry he has found that L/Cpl John Smith was killed on 10th May, 1940. Smith's parents wrote to Pte Giblin asking him for any information he could give them of their son, who had been missing for 12 months. L/Cpl Smith, who was 22 years of age, was a fine young man possessed of qualities which could not be excelled. Of a quiet and unobtrusive nature, trustworthy and upright in his ways, he was favoured by all who knew him, and his many friends throughout the island and in Glasgow will receive this news of him with regret. He was a shop assistant in Glasgow before the war. When war was declared he immediately joined the Seaforth Highlanders, and was promoted lance-corporal before he finished his recruit drill. Being a genial and popular figure he is sincerely mourned by the whole district. He was one of Nature's gentlemen, giving his services willingly wherever required. The death of such a kind-hearted an obliging young man is an irreparable loss. To his parents, brothers and sister we extend our very deepest and heartfelt sympathy in the loss of a most dutiful son and brother.

William Macleod, 42 Coll

Stornoway Gazette, 27 June 1941
William Macleod, 42 Coll, died on active service some weeks ago. Some time before the outbreak of war, he underwent two serious operations in the Lewis Hospital, but made a fairly good recovery. His convalescence was of short duration, however, and only prepared him for testing times which lay ahead. For, when war broke out, he did not want to be called up, as one does in the normal course of events, but immediately offered his services and enlisted in the Patrol Section of the Royal Navy. He came through the fiery ordeal of Dunkirk unscathed, out of the very jaws of death, to die 10 months later in less dangerous circumstances.
William was endowed with a maturity of wisdom which is seldom to be expected from one of his years. His transparent integrity and inherent attractiveness of character could not fall to impress one. Neither could his beautiful qualities fail to have their influence felt. Seldom has a youth won the affection of his colleagues as much as he. His passing is a hard and grievous blow and oft times it is hard to realise that we shall see him no more. His presence will be greatly missed in the ship which he served, and the community in which he was nurtured will be deeply conscious of a great loss. He was 19 years of age. An elder brother is serving with the Merchant Navy. [J. M.]

Alexander Sim, 7 Kirkbost

Stornoway Gazette, 13 June 1941
Mrs Sim, 7 Kirkibost, Bernera, received official notice on 26th May that her husband, Mr Alexander Edward Sim, Lochside, Nigg, Aberdeenshire, who was engaged in medical duties on HMS Hood was missing, presumed killed. Before being drafted to the ill-fated Hood, Mr Sim, who was 26 years of age, had been for three months in a hospital in the south of England. Before their marriage in Glasgow on 3 January 1941, Mrs Sim, who is the second daughter of Mr and Mrs Angus Macdonald, 7 Kirkibost, Bernera, had been for some years on the staff of Glasgow Royal Mental Hospital and was a sister at the time she relinquished her post. The heartfelt sympathy of a wide circle of friends in Bernera and Glasgow is extended to Mrs Sim in the grievous loss she has sustained.

John Mackay, 1 Tolsta Chaolais

Stornoway Gazette, 6 June 1941
When, on Saturday evening, it was announced over the wireless that HMS Hood had gone down with heavy loss of life, great anxiety prevailed as to the fate of John Mackay, son of Angus Mackay, 1 Tolsta Chaolais, who was on board. Whatever slender hope may have been entertained as to his safety was soon dispelled by a telegram from the Admiralty informing his parents that he had been killed in action. John was a naval reservist prior to the outbreak of war, joined up for the Review, and was posted to the destroyer Wessex, on which he served until she was sunk off Dunkirk last summer. After some weeks in barracks, he was drafted to the Hood. Aged 21, he was a bright, intelligent lad, who was very popular in his native village, where his sad end is universally deplored. He was one of six brothers serving in HM forcdes - Roderick and Malcolm in the Navy; Norman and Angus in the Army; Murdo, the youngest, aged only 18, is in the Merchant Service. It may be mentioned that the ship on which Malcolm is serving played a prominent part in the destruction of the Bismarck. Mr and Mrs Mackay are left along in the home where they brought up a family of seven - six sons and one daughter. All the sons, as already mentioned, are on service and the daughter is married. The family has certainly a fine record of service to the country, one which can hardly be equalled. It is one, however, which must be giving the parents many an anxious moment. To them and their family theh deep sympathy of the community is extended in their sore bereavement.

John Angus Murray, 8 Shader Point

Stornoway Gazette, 6 June 1941
It was with great regret many friends learned that John Angus Murray, 8 Newlands, Shader, Point, had made the supreme sacrifice. John Angus, who was in the Merchant Service, was 24 years of age. He has been reported lost at sea. A very popular young man, he played football both for the Nicolson Institute and for Point XI. On completing his secondary course at the Nicolson, he entered Glasgow University, where he took an Arts degree.

Deep concern and anxiety was felt in Shader when it became known some time ago, through the press, that the ship on which John Angus Murray [3 Newlands Shader, Point] was sailing had been sunk through enemy action. As however no official intimation was received at the time, hope were entertained that he might possibly be among the survivors, but these hopes were shattered when his mother was later officially informed that her son had been lost at sea. This news cast great glooom over the whole community where John Angus was a much esteemed and popular youth. He was a fine type of Lewis man, dignified in bearing, upright in character and of strapping build, He was only 24. How little we thought when he left us a year last autumn to complete his studies at Glasgow University that he would never return. Anxious to do his bit for King and country, he entered upon a course of training in a gunnery school last year, and on the completion of his training joined this ill-fated ship as a gunner. John Angus was a youth of exceptionall fine qualities which endeared him to everyone in the community, old and young alike. His pleasant smile, his ready with and quiet nature, will be missed by all. A hard-working and diligent youth, he was always ready to help when help was needed. He was a fine athlete and a brilliant footballer, and many football fans throughout the island, particularly on the West Side, will have recollections of John Angie Dollag's superb goal keeping for Point in the good old days of peace. Indeed, it is difficult for us, who were always in his company, to contemplate the loss of a powerful fellow like him whose presence we always desired and looked for in our company. However greatly we miss home, much more shall those who were near and dear to him, who looked on him as the mainstay of the family and whose welfare was always his first consideration. To his widowed mother and sisters at home and away the profound sympathy of the entire community is extended, in the irreparable loss of a dutiful son and brother whose memory will always remain cherished in their hearts.

Stornoway Gazette, 11 July 1941
From a Lewisman on active service, this tribute to a popular Point lad who gave his life for freedom:
The whole of Point, and I believe most of Lewis Island, heard with great regret of the loss of such a popular lad as John ANgus Murray, 3 Newlands, Shader, Point. Great Sympathy was felt in the district for his sorrowing mother and sisters. John Angie Dollag, as he was commonly called, was a real son of Lewis, Despite the fact that he had taken up a University career, he could not get rid of that yearning for the sea and the pure, patriotic spirit seeking no reward, which is characteristic of the best Lewisman. Little did we know and little did he, that he was destined for an ill-fated ship; but he had to goto sea, as he knew it was his duty and calling to do so. John Angie liked to be in the thick of the fray, and made a good fight of everything he tackled. This could not be more clearly shown than on the football field. When he was a member of the Point eleven, and later of the Nicolson Institute eleven, he always played a hard and plucky game from start to finish. There was no half-heartedness about him. I am certain he showed the same spirit in sterner tasks and that he bravely met his death. The stock from which he sprung, on both is father's and mother's side, were well-known for their hardiness and endurance. He was a lad who made many friends, and possessed all the qualities which make us so proud of our Lewis servicemen. The village of Shader must greatly miss such a well-liked lad as he.

John Montgomery, 10 Ranish

Stornoway Gazette, 30 May 1941
It is with deep regret that the people of Ranish learned that Mrs Montgomery, no 10, had received news that her son, John Montgomery, was reported missing presumed lost. The owners of the merchantman on which John was sailing state that the vessel was sunk by enemy action. Survivors were landed at an empire port, but Montgomery was not among them. John, who was at home for a short spell less than two months ago, had been in the Merchant Service for several years before the war. He was the only Lewisman in the crew of the vessel on which he was sailing.

Danny Nicolson, 11 New Holdings, Leurbost

Stornoway Gazette, 30 May 1941
Yet once more cold, hard and ruthless, the Angel of Death has descended upon us and taken from our midst one whom we knew and loved. It is not easy to reconcile ourselves to the Fate which robs us of the playmates of our childhood, the companions of our youth, and leaves us with only shattered dreams and frustrated hopes. It is natural that in our grief we yearn for those other days when we were all growing up together in happy harmony, strangers to anguish and sorrow, with minds immature and free from those problems which now confront a world gone mad. As we look down the vista of the years, in silent retrospect, we can still see bright, eager faces aglow with the light of enthusiasm and the spirit of adventure. We cann still hear the echo of merry laughter and sunny son, true symbols of gay, irresponsible youth. But the scene has changed and laughter has given place to tears, tears shed for those brave young boys who have dared the periols of land and sea and air, and sacrificed their lives on the altar of honour and freedom. Among those from this district who have recently died for King and country is Danny Nicolson, elder son of Mr and Mrs John Murdo Nicolson, 11 New Holdings, Leurbost. News of his death came with staggering suddenness on Tuesday evening, May 13th, and it was not long before the whole village knew the sad tidings. Danny, who was a keen, intelligent lad, was a pupil at the Nicolson Institute for a session. He joined the Royal Naval Reserve at 18 and was one of the lads to volunteer for the Review in July before the outbreak of war. From that time, August of last year, he served on that destroyer, Witherington, and was often in the heat of things to and from Narvik during the Norwegian campaign. In August we saw him for the last time when he was home on draft leave. From then until the time of his death, he served in the auxiliary cruiser "Camila". Danny Nicolson was 21 years of age and a truer specimen of young manhood it would be difficult to see. Tall, handsome and well built, he was fond of sport and was a very popular member of the Leurbost football eleven. Our first recollections of him are those of a little lad full of boyish pranks and mischief. He grew up like that, the very embodiment of the spirit of youth, with a light charm and gaiety of manner that was wholly irresistible. His high spirits were so infectious that no matter how dull the company in which he found himself, he soon had everyone laughing with his witty sallies and gay banter. The horrors of war, however, wrought in him a very noticeable change. When last we saw him we could hardly recognise in this grave young man the frivolous boy of old. The momentous issues of life with which he was faced and the vital struggle in which he was playing an active part had made a deep impression on him. To us it seems incredible that one so young and strong should have been called from among us into the great unknown, where no loved one's voice will ever reach him, whence no beckoning hand can ever lure him back, and because we shall miss him, with those who have gone before, his image will live in our hearts forever and his name we shall not forget. To his sorrowing parents, brother and sisters, we offer our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of a devoted son and brother.

HMS Rawalpindi - a memorial plaque

Stornoway Gazette, 2 May 1941
Mr A. M. Alexander, First Lord of the Admiralty, last week unveiled a memorial in High Wycombe Parish Church to the late Captain E. C. Kennedy, commander of the auxiliary cruiser "Rawalpindi" which was sunk by the German pocket battleship "Deutschland".
Captain Kennedy's crew included twelve Lewis naval reservists, of whom eight lost their lives and four were taken prisoner.
Mr Alexander said they had met to honour the memory of a very brave man. The war in which we were engaged was a struggle for freedom, freedom of action, conscience and religious liberty, and called forth more great courage and endurance than any other war in our history.
During the last 18 months, out of the sufferings and misery brought about by a lust for power, had come forth the noblest qualities of endurance, and, with the resistance of the civil population under ruthless air attack, arose a new experience the like of which they had never seen in the last war. The courage and determination of Captain Kennedy was part of the great traditions of our naval power. The action would live long in the annals of our naval history.
Mr Winston Churchill, who was First Lord of the Admiralty at the time of the engagement, took a great interest in the first great sea action of the war and asked Mr Alexander to convey his good wishes and regrets to those who mourned.

Angus Macleod, Keose

Stornoway Gazette, 2 May 1941
News has been received in Keose that Seaman Angus Macleod, Gate House, has been lost at sea. Full details of the sad event have not yet been received, but it is known to be the result of enemy action. Seaman Macleod was in the naval reserve for a number of years before the outbreak of war, and was called up on the declaration of hostilities. He was mostly engaged on convoy duties in escort cruisers. He was a survivor of the ill-fated "Dunvegan Castle". A cheerful and neighbourly soul, he will be much missed by the villagers. He was 33 years old and single, and lived with an unmarried sister to whom the deep sympathy of the community is extended. His only brother is also serving with the Navy.

Norman Mackay, 72 Cross Skigersta Road

Stornoway Gazette, 2 May 1941
The news has now been confirmed that Seaman Norman Mackay (Mac Dhanie), Cross-Skigersta Road, was lost when the ship on which he was serving was sunk. Norman's parents were aware that he was on the same ship as Malcolm Murray, 21 Swainbost, and Don. Murray, Swainbost, received word some weeks ago that his son was missing. At that time, when no news came to the parents of Norman Mackay, we all expected that he was safe, but we have now learned that a telegram was sent instead to the parents of another Seaman Norman Mackay, residing at Shader, Point, when the ship was sunk. But Norman Mackay, Shader, was among the survivors and arrived home on leave on the day his parents received teh telegram. Norman Mackay, Cross-Skigersta Road, was among those who joined the colours at the outbreak of hostilities, although he was only 20 years of age. Being a genial and popular figure, he is sincerely mourned by the whole district. His loss has left a blank in our midst, but his memory will always remain fresh. To his parents, his four sisters and his two brothers, who are also serving, we extend our very deepest and heartfelt sympathy.

Three Canadian sailors

Stornoway Gazette, 25 April 1941
Last week, three Canadian sailors who lost their lives on the battlefield of the Atlantic were buried at Stornoway with naval honours. The bodies had been landed at Stornoway by a passing ship.
As two of the sailors were Episcopalians and one a Presbyterian, a joint funeral service was held from Martin's Memorial Church and from St Peters. The cortege from Martin's Memorial halted at St Peters, where the other two coffins were laid side by side with the first, the three being draped with a Union Jack, and covered with wreaths from the shipmates of the men.

The service at St Peters was conducted by Canon Anderson Meaden, and the service at Martin's by Rev Ian Carmichael. After prayer at the graveside by the Rev Mr Carmichael, the committal service was conducted by Canon Meaden. A naval bearer party attended at the two churches, and a naval firing party was in attendance at the graveside. Several naval officers were present, and members of the general public.

The names of these men who were, as Rev Mr Carmichael phrased, struck down by a blow directed equally at us all are: Ord Telegraphist C Greenwood, First Class Stoker James Pettigrew and Able Seaman Donald Robertson.

HMS Forfar

Stornoway Gazette, 11 April 1941
The "Forfar Memorial"
A memorial has been unveiled in the town of Forfar to the men of HMS Forfar, formerly the CPH liner Montrose, which was torpedoed and sunk last December. The plaque was unveiled in the old Parish Church, Forfar, in the presence of the Provost, Magistrates and Councillors, by Mrs Arnot, wife of Commander Arnot.

The plaque was inscribed "In proud memory of Captain N. A. C. Hardie, R.N., 41 officers and 143 men of HMS Forfar, 2nd December, 1940. In honour of the brave captain and all the intrepid sailors and mates and to all that went down doing their duty."

Of the 143 men lost on HMS Forfar, five were Lewismen: John Macleod, 16 Cross, Ness; John Murdo Macdonald, 16 Lundale; Norman Macleod, 8 Knockaird; Malcolm Macleod, 31 Crossbost; and Donald Macdonald, 4 Ranish.

There were also six Lewis seamen among the survivors from HMS Forfar, and among the many floral tributes in the church at the unveiling ceremony was one "from Commander Arnot and the Survivors".

Alexander Macmillan, 1 Shulishader

Stornoway Gazette, 11 April 1941
It is with very deep regret we announce the death, by accident, of Alexander Macmillan, seaman, RNR, 1 Shader Point, at an English port on the 1st of April. Alexander, who was best known to his friends as Sandy Beag, was of a quiet, unassuming disposition. He was just a little over 20 years of age when he met his end. Before the outbreak of war he was serving on HM destroyer Wren, having joined her for the Royal Review at Spithead. On the outbreak of war his ship was commissioned for convoy duty, and he served with her until she was bombed, set on fire and sunk. The crew were machine-gunned in the water, but Sandy succeeded in swimming to a rescue ship nearby, and got aboard although hampered by fuel oil in which he had been immersed. After a few days at home on survivor's leave he returned to a naval depot and was drafted for duty as an anti-submarine torpedo boat. On board the Wren he was keenly interested in his Asdic duties and later he was selected for a course of instruction in the latest anti-submarine devices. He was expected home on leave after passing his final examination when the sad news of his death came through. Intelligent and efficient, never boisterous or boatsful, Sandy Beag had those rare qualities which go to the formation of an exemplary character. Clean-living and healthy minded, he feared God and served and died for his country. He was buried in an English cemetery with full naval honours. To his sorrowing mother and grandmother we extend our heartfelt sympathy, as to the other members of the family. Till the Day Breaks.

Stornoway Gazette, 25 April 1941
Last week we intimated the tragic death by accident of Seaman Alex Macmillan, Shader, Point. His mother has since received this tribute to her son from his Commanding Officer. "It grieves me that I should be writing of the passing of your son. In the short two months I commanded [---], I grew to know Alexander well. He was a true sailor steady, cheerful, quick and intelligent. As the weeks passed I placed more and more trust upon his shoulders with confidence. He never failed his country nor his ship. Most of all, I should like to say - Alexander was a good messmate. I say "most of all" because a good messmate is a good Christian. To be a good messmate you must be honest, courageous, clean-living and dutiful. You must help and love your neighbour. This is not always an easy task, for in small boats you live too close to your fellow men. However, Alexander Macmillan had all these virtues. You must not covet, blaspheme or shirk - your son did none of these. At Easter time, we are all of us, reminded that this existence on earth is but a stormy prelude to a gentle and peaceful life which Christ has prepared for us. In your hour of grief may I offer this consolation. Your son lived a good life here. He did not die. He merely passed on to a better world, without suffering. He has but gone before you and me, to God's realm, where we shall join him when God wills it. We are the losers for we have lost his companionship for a while. I do not grieve for him for he is safe. I grieve because you have lost a good son's company. If ever I can be of any help to you, will you please honour me by asking it. May God bless you and comfort you".

Murdo Campbell, 26 Gress

Stornoway Gazette, 11 April 1941
News has been received by Mrs Dolina Campbell, 26 Gress, that her husband, a naval reservist, who was serving on board an anxiliary vessel in the Mediterranean, is missing believed drowned. Murdo Campbell, who was a fine handsome young man of 33 years, was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs Angus Campbell, 31 Vatisker. About two years ago he married Dolina, eldest daughter of Mrs Johanna Murray and the late John Murray, 26 Gress. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, and the sympathy of the whole community is extended to bereaved families.

John Archibald Macaulay, 24 Knock, Carloway

Stornoway Gazette, 21 March 1941
It is with much regret that we record this week the death of John Archibald Macaulay, which occurred at his residence, in Heath Street, Knock, Carloway, on Sunday morning, at the early age of 22 years. Called up for service in his class, deceased was posted to the Royal Naval Reserve, and after serving ashore and afloat, he had the misfortune to be struck down with measles and had to go into hospital. After his discharge from hospital, he was granted leave, and on the passage home he contracted a cold and other complications followed. All that medical skill and attention was to no avail. the younger of the two sons of Mr and Mrs Roderick Macaulay, deceased was a prime favourite in the locality, and the tragic nature of his death has aroused much sympathy for the bereaved parents and brother. The attendance at the funeral to Dalmore cemetery on Tuesday was in itself ample evidence of the respect in which deceased was held by all who knew him.

Herbert Charles Hill, Port Talbot [Wales]

Stornoway Gazette, 21 March 1941
A body was seen floating in Stornoway Harbour near Number One Wharf on Wednesday afternoon of last week. When recovered, the body was found to be that of Herbert Charles Hill, a seaman, of Port Talbot, Glamorgan. Hill went missing about two months ago from a merchant ship then lying in Stornoway Harbour. It was thought at the time that he might have left the port on board a trawler with whose crew he was on friendly terms.

Norman Mackay, 6 Upper Garrabost

Stornoway Gazette, 14 March 1941
Seaman Norman Mackay, RNR, 6 Upper Garrabost, was accidentally drowned in Belfast on Christmas Eve 1940. The body was recovered eleven weeks after the accident and the remains arrived in Stornoway by mail steamer on Saturday night for interment at Aignish. Great sympathy is felt with the fmaily of this fine upstanding seaman in their tragic loss.

John Morrison, 5 North Dell

Stornoway Gazette, 14 February 1941
We deeply to announce that on the 29th January 1941, Mrs Alexander Morrison (Bean Alasdair Eachain), North Dell, received the sad news by wire that her son, Seaman John Morrison, RNR, had been accidentally drowned. Up to the time of writing no further information is to hand. He was 29 years of age and from his boyhood had had a great interest in the seafaring life, in which as a man he was very successful. He was a good son, and dutiful to his widowed mother and to his brother. A few weeks after the outbreak of hostilities he was on a homeward voyage when his ship was sunk through enemy action, and owing to long exposure in an open boat before he was picked up, he had to be taken to hospital. On his recovery, he was posted to one of HM destroyers, in which he came through many hardships, including Dunkirk. Ian was of an honest and sincere nature which endeared him to old and young. His words were always fewer than his gentle smiles. His departure leaves a great blank among our gallant youths. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to his sorrowing mother and only brother and with all those to whom he was near and dear.

Murdo Angus Macdonald, 7 Lemreway

Stornoway Gazette, 31 January 1941
It is with deep regret that we report the first war casualty from this district. On Tuesday, 21st January, Mr Murdo Macdonald, 7 Lemreway, received news that his son, Seaman Murdo A Macdonald, was lost on war service. Murdo, who was 26 years of age, was of a cheerful and kindly nature. His loss will be felt by all who knew him. To his father, brothers and sisters, the sympathy of the whole community goes out in their very sad bereavement.

Kenneth Mackinnon, 8A Ranish

Stornoway Gazette, 10 January 1941
It was with deep regret that the people of Brue learned on Christmas morning that Kenneth Mackinnon had lost his life when HM destroyer Acharon was sunk. Kenneth, a native of Ranish, was an employee of the Clyde Trust before war broke out. Ten years ago he married Margaret Morrison of Brue, better known as Maggie Alasdair Chaluin, after which he was in the habit of paying a visit each summer to the home of her father in Brue. It was during those visits that the people of Brue made his acquaintance and found him to be deeply religious and in every way a man worthy of great respect. The sympathy of all goes out to his widow and three young children, who, in his anxiety for their safety, he had persuaded to leave their home in Glasgow, and to his aged mother, Banntrach Ian Alasdair of Ranish, in their loss of a kind husband and father and a dutiful son.

Stornoway Gazette, 7 March 1941
Not only the families and the friends but the whole community was cast into grief when news was received that Kenneth Mackinnon, Ranish, had lost his life while serving on the destroyer Acheron, which was torpedoed, bringing with her to their sea graves scores of precious souls. Kenneth was an outstanding young man. He was only 18 years of age when his father died, but he undertook the duties and responsibilities of a father towards the other members of the family with great devotion. He was never seen to frown or grumble. In the face of all adversities and perplexities a smile illuminated his face. He was indeed a good son, extremely dutiful to his widowed mother and to his brothers and sisters. Kenneth married some years ago and his residence was at 11 Apsley Street, Partick, Glasgow. He came under the blessed influence of the Gospel when quite a young man, and held the office of deacon in Rev Murdo Campbell's congregation in Partick, where he was held in high esteem and much respected by old and young. He was upright and exemplary in character, adorning his profession by a true, quiet and sincere life of transparent piety. The words of Rev Lachlan Maclean Watt in "The Quiet Corner" can indeed be applied to Kenneth: "All that has the light of honour, love, faith, beauty and the thought of others about it cannot be far from the Kingdom of Heaven. Kenneth is survived by a widow and three children, also his widowed mother, brothers and sisters, living at 8 Ranish and a brother and sister living in Glasgow.

Alexander Macrae, 21 Keith Street, Stornoway

Stornoway Gazette, 13 December 1940
It was with deep regret many friends learned that the vessel on which Alex Macrae, Stornoway, was sailing as Chief Refrigerator Engineer had been sunk by enemy action. So far there is no news of the crew, but there is still hope that they may have been taken on board a German raider.
Mr Macrae, who was held in high regard in his profession, was making his last voyage prior to retiring from the sea. He has been sailing for 41 years. On completion of his engineering apprenticeship in 1899 he got his first job afloat. Latterly, he has served almost exclusively with the same well-known shipping company.

He has had an eventful career, serving through five wars or campaigns. One of his first trips was to Australia and thereafter his vessel was chartered to go to Manila as a store ship in the Philipine war. Later he served on a store ship at the Taku forts in the Boxer uprising. During the Boer War, his ship was engaged carrying troops from Australia to South Africa. The ship was twice set on fire by Dutch saboteurs. He also served throughout the Great War.
Mr Macrae was a son of the late Malcolm Macrae, contractor, Stornoway, and brother of Mr John Macrae, MA, rector of the Nicolson Institue. Mrs Macrae at present resides in Yorkshire, where their son, Alasdair, holds an important appointment as a civil engineer.

Transcriber's note: Alex Macrae did not perish in the sinking of his ship, but died at home five months later. He was marooned, but returned home. The tribute is reproduced here nonetheless.

Murdo Morrison, 6 South Bragar

Stornoway Gazette, 13 December 1940
Seaman Murdo Morrison, RNR, 6 South Bragar, is reported missing, believed drowned, since the "Laurentic", on which he was serving, was sunk. He was 38 years of age and had completed 16 years service in the RNR. He was a son of the late Norman Macleod and Mrs Macleod of 6 South Bragar. When his father died, shortly after the last war, he was the sole breadwinner for his widowed mother and his young sisters and brother. The brother is also serving in the RNR. Murdo was not tall of stature, but he was very strong and hardy and an excellent swimmer. He had a very kindly and happy disposition. Everyone in Bragar felt the news that he is missing very sorely - he was so popular and winsome in his ways.

Murdo Macleod, 5 Tolsta Chaolais

Stornoway Gazette, 6 December 1940
It was with deep sorrow that the people of the village and district learnt of the death on active service of seaman Murdo Macleod, RNR, third son of Mr and Mrs M Macleod, 5 Tolsta Chaolais. at the early age of 21 years. Murdo was one of the first in the district to leave the loom and volunteer for the Naval Review in July, 1939. He had the distinction of being one of the few chosen to represent his ship and go on board the King's flagship for inspection by the King. At the outbreak of war, he joined HMS Express and from then until the time of his death, he was constantly at sea. He assisted in the evacuation of Dunkirk, making 8 trips in all across the Channel and came through that awful ordeal of terror from sea and air unharmed. He was lost when HMS Express was sunk. A lad of fine physique, he was very popular in the village, being a general favourite among young and old. Of a kind and genial disposition, he had a cheery word for all with whom he came in contact. He was of a very obliging nature and always ready and willing to lend a helping hand when needed. He had a ready smile for all and is very much missed in the village. One of his brothers, L/Cpl James Macleod, Seaforths, is a prisoner of war in Germany. Another brother, seaman Donald J Macleod, is serving on HMS Comorin. Sincere sympathy is felt for his sorrowing parents, brothers and sister in their irreparable loss. Much sympathy is also felt for his grandparents, who also deeply mourn his loss. During his schooldays he was constantly with them, being almost like a son to them. His memory will long be green in his native village.

John Morrison, 4 Cross

Stornoway Gazette, 29 November 1940
We regret to announce that Mr John Morrison, 4 Cross, has been informed by the Admiralty that his only son, RNR John Morrison, has been lost at sea through enemy action. In July of this year word was received that the ship he was serving on had been sunk, but that there were hopes that he had been picked up or made prisoner. His many friends and relatives had therefore slender hopes of his safety. John was a dutiful son, a favourite with all, and well iked by his pals. Mr Morrison and his only surviving daughter have had much sorrow for many years. In 1927, a daughter, Murdina, died at the age of 16 years; a son, Roderick, died in 1929 at the age of 28 years; Mrs Morrison died in June 1938 and a son, Donald was accidentally drowned in London in December 1938 at the age of 34 years. Much sympathy is felt for the father and sister in their present sore bereavement.

Murdo Morrison, 29 Lionel

Stornoway Gazette, 1 November 1940
Again, the whole of Port of Ness district was cast in deep sorrow when news came of the death of seaman Murdo Morrison, eldest son of Angus Morrison, 29 Lionel (Murchadh Mac Aonghais Mhic an t-Sasunaich). Murdo was serving on one of HM trawlers. He was 20 years of age, of an honest and sincere nature, much respected and most popular with the young and old. Before joining his unit, he was for one voyage in the Merchant Navy. The sympathy of the whole community is extended to his sorrowing parents and family in their bitter loss.

Murdo Macaulay, 2 Schoolpark, Knock

Stornoway Gazette, 11 October 1940
Leading seaman Murdo Macaulay, RNR, 2 Schoolpark, Knock, has been missing since one of HM ships was lost in July. the only son of Donald Macaulay, Schoolpark, Murdo spent the early years of his working life as a fisherman on board the "Paradigm". He was a popular youth and is much missed in the district. Sympathy is felt for his father and four sisters.

Malcolm Murray, 20 Swainbost

Stornoway Gazette, 11 October 1940
It was with much regret that I heard of the death of my bes friend, Seaman Malcolm Murray, Swainbost, who went down with HMS Esk. We were of the same age and entered the village school the same week. When we were the age, we left school the same day. From that day, several carefree years were spent together at our happy village homes. At the age of 18, we enrolled for naval service the same day, passed our medic al examination, and left Stornoway for training the same night. In August 1918, on the termination of our training, we arrived home the same night. This time with new views of life and duty. We had not long to wait till the call to duty was heard, and we were not disobedient to it. As we were not sent to sea in the same ship, our close companionship was broken now for the first time, but we kept in touch with one another by letter. We met once, and for the last time, in January of this year, while we happened to be home on a short leave togetyher. My sympathy goes out to his sorrowing widow, mother, brother and aunts in their sore bereavement.

John Macinnes, Kyles Scalpay

Stornoway Gazette, 4 October 1940
We regret to announce that Mr John Macinnes, locally known as "Jackie Bess", aged 33 years, has been lost at sea on active service. Prior to the war he was in the RNR and was drafted to the Trawler Section on mobilisation. He was a very popular lad, and was very good to his sister at home. Physically he was a strong, active fellow.

John Maclennan, 8 Kirkibost

Stornoway Gazette, 4 October 1940
It was with deep sorrow and regret that Bernera learned two weeks ago of the loss of one of her sonson active service. John Maclennan, RNR, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Murdo Maclennan, 8 Kirkibost, Bernera. John, who was only 19 years of age, was serving as a gunlayer on one of HM armed trawlers. Up to the time of writing, no details are available beyond the communication received by the lad's father from the Commander of the Naval Base to which his ship was attached, expressing sympathy with him in his bereavement. John being a naval reservist, was called up immediately on the outbreak of war, and, with two other Kirkibost lads, was drafted to HMS Chitral and was on board this ship when she took part in rescue operations after the sinking of the Rawalpindi by an enemy raider. In February of this year he underwent a three months' course at a gunnery school. After a short spell on a shore battery he again entered a gunnery school and in two weeks' time qualified as a gunlayer. He was then drafted to one of HM armed trawlers in charge of the guns but was only a month on the ship when news came that he was missing. John, who was a quiet and respected young lad, will be remembered with pride and affection for his sterling qualities and for his most happy and radiant nature. His happy smile was extended to all, and the many friends he made on his short pilgrimage in this world now feel that a link in the friendship he created has been severed. We who knew John so well will always cherish fond memories of him and rank him as one whose character and honest nature were above reproach. Our deep and heartfelt sympathy goes out in full measure to his father, mother, brothers and sister in the loss of a most dutiful and loving son and brother.

Washed up on Little Bernera

Stornoway Gazette, 4 October 1940
On Monday of last week the body of a man was washed ashore on Little Bernera. THe body was found by two young lads who happened to pay a visit to the island. There was no clue to the identify the body, but it was not that of a naval rating as the man had been dressed in gabardine trousers. The body was taken across to Bernera and on Wednesday interred at Bosta Cemetery. That day had been set aside in Bernera as a fank day, but as a mark of respect the fank was left over until the following week.

SS Haxby

Stornoway Gazette, 20 September 1940
The whole Island will join in sympathy with the parents of Donald John Macarthur, Upper Carloway and Norman Maciver, Knock, Carloway, the two Lewis youths who were on SS Haxby when she was sunk in the Atlantic by a German raider. Last week when the news came through that the captain and crew of the Haxby had been rescued from a German prison ship by the submarine Truant, there were high hopes that Donald and Norman were safe, but on Friday their parents were officially informed that they ahd both been killed when the German raider shelled the Haxby. In all, 16 members of the Haxby's crew were killed.
Both these young men were making their first voyage as merchant seamen. When the Haxby sailed from a British port last April, she vanished into the unknown. It was presumed that she had fallen a victim to a German U-boat or raider, and all the crew were posted missing feared lost. After nearly five months, the silence was broken when the British submarine Truant reported that she had stopped the Norwegian steamer Tropic Sea off Cape Finisterre, and found on board the captain and 23 of the crew of the Haxby, together with the Norwegian crew of the Tropic Sea, being taken to Germany as prisoners of war.
A delusive hope was raised by the first news of the incident, which was to the effect that the Truant had rescued "the captain and crew of 23" of the Haxby, a phrase which carried the implication that all were saved. The shelling of the Haxby as the crew were taking to the boats is another example of the wanton brutality of the Nazis, for a merchant ship, even if she carried a defensive gun, could not have given any trouble to a well-armed German raider.

HMS Esk and HMS Express

Stornoway Gazette, 13 September 1940
The Island of Lewis suffered one of the heaviest blows of the war last week, when seven young men lost their lives on HM destroyers "Esk" and "Express".

They were: Murdo Macleod, 5 Tolsta Chaolais, Norman Macleod, 14 Tolsta Chaolais, Alex John Maciver, 23 Aignish, Murdo Macdonald, 8 Sheshader, John Martin, 16 Lower Shader, Donald Macdonald, "Clyde", Shader and Malcolm Murray, 21 Swanibost.

All of them were young men, Alex John Maciver being barely 20, and DOnald Macdonald, the oldest of them, still in his thirties. The villages of Tolsta Chaolais and Shader suffered a double bereavement. The two Macdonalds were the only sons of widowed mothers. Alex John Maciver, 23 Aignish, is a son of Donald Maciver, who served in the last war. There is an older brother on service with the Navy.

Norman Macleod, 14 Tolsta Chaolais

Stornoway Gazette, 13 September 1940
Donald M Macleod, 14 Tolsta Chaolais, was also notified on Wednesday of last week that his eldest son, Norman - aged 20 - was "missing presumed killed". He had also joined up for the Review and was a member of the crew of HM destroyer "Esk" which was sunk a few days ago in the North Sea. This young lad had only one short leave of seven days during the past 13 months, a fact which shows how arduous and unremitting are the duties of our young men on board HM destroyers. He also took part in the evacuation of the British forces from Dunkirk and had several successful encounters with  U-boats. Both of these young men were fine physical specimens, full of the joy of living and whose presence in any gathering radiated a spriti of optimism and good fellowship. Their untimely death has cast a deep gloom over their native village, where they were so deservedly popular and highly respected. To their sorrowing parents and relatives we tender our heartfelt sympathy in their great and irreparable loss.

Murdo Macleod, 8 Tolsta Chaolais

Stornoway Gazette, 13 September 1940
On Wednesday of last week, intimation was received by Murdo Macleod, 8 Tolsta Chaolais, that his third son, Murdo, aged 21, was missing believed killed. He had  been serving on board HM destroyer "Express" since joining up for the Review in July of last year. He had been almost continuously at sea from the beginning of the war, and had taken part in the evacuation fo the British Army fnature of his service rance. The exacting nature of his service allowed him only two short breaks of a few days at home. His parents have had an anxious time this summer, as another son - James - was posted missing last June and only recently was reported a prisoner of war in Germany. A third son, Donald John, is at present home on leave after a year's service in foreign waters.

Charles Kemble, 9 Holm

Stornoway Gazette, 13 September 1940
It was with deep regret that his friends in the Stornoway district, and particularly in Holm, learned of the death of Charles Kemble, grandson of John Campbell, 9 Holm. Charles, who was only 21 years of age, was on service with the Army, attached to an English unit. He was born at Holm and brought up there by his grandmother until he was 15 years of age. He was educated at Sandwick School and worked for a time with Macphail Bros., Stornoway. A very likeable fellow, he left many friends in the district when he went south about 6 years ago. He leaves a widow and a young child. Great sympathy is felt for his sister, Mrs Hepburn, 14 Scotland Street, who has had an anxious time since her husband, John Hepburn, of the Ross Battery, was posted missing in June.

HMS Dunvegan Castle

Stornoway Gazette, 6 September 1940
There were quite a number of Lewis seamen serving on HMS auxiliary cruiser "Dunvegan Castle", reported torpedoed at the weekend, as far as is known at the time of writing, all but one of the Lewis members of the crew are safe. Angus Campbell, son of Donald Campbell, 12 Aird, is reported missing. He is first cousin of Norman Smith, 7 Aird, who was killed serving with the Navy just a fortnight ago. Angus, who was in his early thirties and unmarried was one of four brothers all serving with the Navy. The other three are Malcolm, Norman and John.

Transcriber's note: It would appear from the casualty lists that the name of the missing man, whose death was later confirmed, was in fact Alexander Campbell.

Norman Smith, 7 Aird

Stornoway Gazette, 30 August 1940
News was received last week that Norman Smith, 7 Aird, who was serving on one of HM trawlers, had been killed. Smith, who was in his early thirties, was formerly a member of the crew of the steam drifter "Lews". The remains were taken home for interment in Point; the drifter"Lews" making the passage to Kyle to receive them on Sunday night and bring them across to Stornoway. The funeral was held on Monday.

Donald Smith, 25 North Shawbost

Stornoway Gazette, 16 August 1940
It is with profound sorrow we record the death of another local young man, seaman Donald Smith, 25 North Shawbost, whose ship, HMT River Clyde, was mined on 6th July. Donald, who was badly wounded, was in the water for some time before he was picked up by another trawler. While swimming about, he came across a shipmate struggling in the sea without a lifejacket. He immediately took off his own lifejacket and gave it to his pal, thus saving his life. In any circumstances this would be a gallant action, but particularly so as Donald, on being taken ashore, was found to be seriously wounded. He was at once taken to hospital where he died the following day. "Domhnuil Smigan" as he was locally known, was a loveable boy and of an obliging nature. He was extremely popular and it is tragic to think that never again shall we see his smiling face. "Oh for the touch of a vanished hand and the sound of a voice that is still." Perhaps it should be mentioned that he was named after an uncle who was killed at Magersfontein, South Africa. It should also be noted that his father, Malcolm Smith, was mentioned in despatches during the Great War. All that was mortal of Donald was laid to rest on the 8th last with full naval honours. His father and brother-in-law were present at the funeral. We tender our heartfelt sympathy to his father.

Stornoway Gazette, 16 August 1940
 On Wednesday 7 August, Seaman Donald Smith, 25 North Shawbost, made the supreme sacrifice for King and country. News had been received on the previous day that he was wounded, and his father and brother-in-law left to visit him at a naval hospital. Unfortunately he had passed away before they arrived. Of a cheerful disposition, and that captivating quality that makes friends easily, Donald was a favourite with old and young. i feel a deep blank in the life of the village now that one so hearty and amiable is called away from our midst. It was not our wish but a better one, and I and his many friends can voice with Michael Angelo, in our meditation: "If life is a pleasure, yet, since death also is sent by the hand of the same Master, neither should that displease us." We shall always treasure the little actions that enliven memory and sweeten life; if we could live as cheerfully and die as cheerfully, life would be worth living. A true friend, of sterling qualities, Donald has happily fulfilled his destiny. To his father, sisters and brother, the sympathy of the whole community goes out in this, their time of sorrow. "Cho fad 'sa chluinneas sinn fuam aig tonn mara ri bualadh. Bithidh thu doannan na'r smuaintean, oir bha gach buaidh ort, a Dhomhull".

Stornoway Gazette, 23 August 1940
When the minesweeping trawler "River Clyde" was blown up, Donald Smith, of 25 North Shawbost, was mortally wounded, but his last conscious act was one of outstanding self-sacrifice. Donald saw that the ship's steward was getting into difficulties in the water. He swam over, took off his life-jacket and gave it to his pal. The steward was saved. Despite his wounds and the fact that he now had no lifejacket, Donald kept afloat until a rescue-ship arrived. He was taken on board and hurried to a naval hospital where next day he died of wounds.

This act of devotion to a comrade is worthy to rank with that of Sir Philip Sydney, whose self-sacrifice on the field of battle has become the very type of gallantry for all English-speaking peoples. But heroism runs in the blood. Donald's father, Malcolm Smith, was mentioned in despatches for gallantry int he Great War, and the uncle after whom he is called was killed in action at Magersfontein. 

HMT River Clyde

Stornoway Gazette, 16 August 1940
Reference was made in our last issue to some of the Lewis casualties sustained on HMT River Clyde, although at that time it was not possible to mention the vessel's name. At least three Lewismen lost their lives and one was wounded. Donald Smith, 23 North Bragar, and Malcolm John Macdonald, 3 Garynahine, were killed. Macdonald originally belonged to Crulivig, but the family have recently settled at Garynahine. [check surname] His brother Angus is in the Army. Murdo Maclean, 10 North Bragar, and Donald Smith, 25 North Shawbost, were wounded, Smith later succumbing in a naval hospital.

Transcriber's note: Malcolm John Macdonald's surname is quoted verbatim from the Gazette article, but it should be borne in mind that that is an error. His surname is Mackay - see below tribute. 

Stornoway Gazette, 9 August 1940
It was with deep and genuine regret that all in Bernera heard the sad news received by Mr and Mrs Donald Mackay, formerly of 4 Crulivig and now resident at Garynahine, that their elder son, Calum John, seaman, RNR, had been lost in HM minesweeping trawler "River Clyde" sunk by enemy mine last week. Callum John, who was a quiet and respected young lad, was well known in Bernera and well liked and esteemed by all for his sterling qualities. The tragic death of so popular a lad is deeply regretted, and we who knew him so well deeply sympathise with his father, mother, sisters and only brother, who is also on active service, in their sore and grievous loss. This is the first war casualty in the Crulivig district. 

John Mackay, 9 Flesherin

Stornoway Gazette, 9 August 1940
Mrs Mackay at present residing with her parents at 51 Galson, has also been informed of the tragic fate of her husband, John Mackay, who was lost on one of HM ships. Mr Mackay, best known as Ian Rag, was a native of Flesherin, and, though he was only in our midst for a very short time, he had that captivating quality which made friends easily and we were all very much attached to him. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his young widow and infant son, to his mother, sisters and brothers.

Donald Gillies, 25 Galson

Stornoway Gazette, 9 August 1940
Galson suffered its first loss of the war when Donald Gillies, second son of Mr and Mrs Angus Gillies, 25 Galson, was reported missing, believe drowned while serving on one of HM ships. Donald, who was 27 years of age, was of an honest and sincere nature, much respected and most popular with young and old in this village and elsewhere. Before joining his unit as a naval reservist at the outbreak of hostilities, he served for several years with the Merchant Navy. The sympathy of the whole community is extended to his sorrowing parents, sisters and brothers in their bitter loss. 

Angus Macleod, 2 Glen Gravir

Stornoway Gazette, 9 August 1940
It was learned with regret in Park that Angus Macleod, 2 Glen Gravir (Aonghas Ruairidh Aonghuis) was one of the two Lewismen who lost their lives them HMT Crestflower was bombed and sunk. Angus, who was in his thirties, was a very steady, reliable and much respected man, and at all times, and in all circumstances, an optimist. He was home in the springtime for a short spell of leave, when his wife was seriously ill. She made a good recovery, but is now left a widow with the upbringing of two young children. Angus has one brother in the navy. Much sympathy is felt for his wife and for his parents.

Stornoway Gazette, 4 October 1940
Seaman Angus Macleod, 2 Glen Gravir, was killed at his gun on HMT Crestflower in against a Nazi bomber. He leaves a wife and two young children.

HMS Boreas and HMS Wren

Stornoway Gazette, 2 August 1940
There were large numbers of Lewis reservists on both the destroyers which featured in the news last weekend. HMS Boreas and HMS Wren and the island sustained casualties on both.

On HMS Boreas, Seaman John Maclennan, North TOlsta, and Seaman Angus Mitchell, Shawbost, were killed. Seaman Angus Macleod, North Tolsta, was slightly injuried. The other Lewis reservists on board escaped without injury.

On HMS Wren, Donald Mackinnon, 7 Cromore, lost his life. It is understood that the other Lewis members of the crew, numbering about ten, are all safe. [...] HMS Wren was sunk during an engagement between patrolling destroyers and enemy aircraft. She was hit by bombs and subsequently sank. During the engagement in which she was lost another destroyer, HMS Montrose, shot down one of the enemy bombers. The Wren was a ship of 1100 tons and had a normal complement of 134. 

Angus Mitchell, 42 North Shawbost

Stornoway Gazette, 2 August 1940
It is with profound regret that we record the death of Angus Mitchell, RNR, 42 North Shawbost, killed in aciton on board HMS Boreas on Thursday, 25th July. He is the first in Shawbost to make the supreme sacrifice and the demise of Aonghas Sheorais, as he was locally known, cast a gloom over the whole community. His death was particularly tragic - married only a little over a year ago, he was called up last August and had only two short spells of leave since then. Deceased was a great favourite in the village. He was of a kind-hearted disposition and obliging to a degree, a good neighbour, ever willing to help a lame dog over a stile. He will be greatly missed. It might be added that he came of a well-known Lewis family, the Mitchells of Uig, who, in their day and generation, took an active part in land reform in Eilean an Fhraoich. We tender his widow, mother and family our heartfelt sympathy in their sore bereavement and irreparable loss.

Stornoway Gazette, 9 August 1940
Angus Mitchell, 42 North Shawbost, is the first Shawbost man to make the supreme sacrifice. Married only a year ago, he leaves a widow to mourn his death. He was killed at his post on a HM minesweeper, during engagements with German bombers.

John Maclennan, 60 North Tolsta

Stornoway Gazette, 2 August 1940
This week's bombing operations have again taken toll. News has been received that Seaman John Maclennan, HMS Boreas, has been killed in action. He was the only son of Mrs Maclennan and the late John Maclennan, 60 New Street. Angus Macleod, 34 North Tolsta, was slightly wounded. Later messages from Murdo Graham, School Road, and Roderick Maciver, 2 Shore Street, all on the same vessel, reported they were safe.

Stornoway Gazette, 30 August 1940
Shortly before he was killed in action on HMS Boreas, John Maclennan, the only son of Mrs Maclennan, 60 North Tolsta, wrote this Gaelic poem:

Gun'n dean mi rann 's mo chridhe trom
Is mi fodh cuing 'gam ain-deoin
Air bord an luing 's mi sgith is tinn
'S an cuan na ghlinn dol seachad

Thoir soiridh uam-sa thar a chuain
Is innis do'n t-sluagh a dh-fhuirich
Ma thig an t-sith dean doibh-san innis
Nach bi sinn sgith dol dachadih

Bho eirigh grein gu 'laidhe sios
Bidh sinn fodh fhiamh 's fodh eagail,
'S 'nuair thig an oidhch' cha chadal duinn,
Bidh mis' 's chrann ri faire.

Tha 'n geamhradh fuar 's an reothadh cruaidh
Is smuid a chuain d'ar dalladh,
O! bheirinn duais 'bhi 'm blaths mo luaidh
'S i chuireadh gruaim bho 'm aire

Is truagh an drasd nach robh sinn cruinn
An tir nam beann mar chleachd sinn;
Tha cuid nach till 's nach coinnich ruinn
Tha 'n cuan 's na tuinn 'gam folach

'Nuair chi mi ian a falbh air sgiath
Bu mhiann leam bhi na chuideachd
Is dheanainn curs air tir mo ruin
Far 'm bheil an sluagh ri curachd

'Nuair bhiodh sinn cruinn an tigh Mhic Caoidh
Cha b'fhad' an oidhch dol seachad
Ged bhoidh e uair cha bhoidh air gruaim
Ri eiridh suas 's a mhaduinn

Bheir mi gu ceann am beagan rann
'S mi cluinntinn fear le feadag
Toirt ordugh teann bhi suas air ball
'S an long a fagail calla.

Angus Nicolson, 9 North Tolsta

Stornoway Gazette, 26 July 1940
Before the Secretary of the Admiralty announced with regret the loss of HMS minesweeper Crestflower, we knew that Angus Nicolson, 9 Shore Street, North Tolsta, had paid the price. He was one of two ratings killed in the action. Nicolson was well known to road users as the surfaceman on the Tolsta-Gress section for a number of years. He was the eldest son of the late Mr and Mrs Donald Nicolson.

Alexander Maciver, 41B North Tolsta

Stornoway Gazette, 26 July 1940
To lose an only son is the bitter lot of Mrs Maciver, 41 North Tolsta. When his trawler was attacked by enemy bombers, one of which was shot down, Alexander Maciver was one of three ratings killed. It is hoped that it will be possible to have the remains taken home for burial.

Stornoway Gazette, 2 August 1940

On Thursday, 18th July, Seaman Alex Maciver, RNR, 41 North Tolsta, made the supreme sacrifice for king and country. Deceased was killed in action on HMT Rinovia. The remains were conveyed to a hospital in England and arrived at STornoway the following Thursday. On Friday, Alex was laid to rest beside his kith and kin in Tolsta Cemetery. For integrity and strength of character this promising young man was noted and his removal leaves a blank not only within the circle of immediate friends but across a wide area of the community. Deceased was 30 years of age and was the sole support and only son of his widowed mother, Mrs Angus Maciver, Burnside Cottage, to whom much sympathy is extended.

John Macleod, Hill Street, North Tolsta

Stornoway Gazette, 26 July 1940
For Tolsta, it has been a weekend of heavy tidings. CSM John Macleod, previously reporting missing is now believed "killed in action". Macleod had 15 years' service in the Seaforths. He leaves a widow and three children.

Norman Macmillan, 14 Gravir

Stornoway Gazette, 26 July 1940
Gravir last week suffered its first loss of the war when the death occurred on HM destroyer Whirlwind of Norman, third son of Mr and Mrs Murdo Macmillan, 14 Gravir. Norman was a young man whose cheery smile and comforting optimism made his death a shock to all who knew him. He was at home when war broke out, although for several years he ahd been serving with the Merchant Navy, and since joining his unit as a naval reservist he paid two short visits to his home. Norman was one of three brothers in the Navy. His brother, Malcolm, arrived home on leave on the day news was received of Norman's death. The sympathy of the whole community is extended to the bereaved family at home, in the Navy and in Glasgow.

George Morrison, 13 South Bragar

Stornoway Gazette, 26 July 1940
It was learned last Friday, with widespread regret, that George Morrison (Seoras Rob), Seaman, RNR, had been killed when HMS Vandyck was sunk by enemy aircraft off the coast of Norway on June 10th. Seaman Morrison was reported missing early this month, but good hopes of his safety were held out. We can imagine therefore what anxious moments of fluctuating hopes and fears were experienced by his relatives in the interval, and what a heartbreaking shock the news of his death was to them. George was 34 years of age and had completed 13 years' service in the Royal Naval Reserve. He married two years ago and leaves a widow and infant son. Of a kindly, cheerful disposition, George will be much missed, not only by his relatives but also by his many friends in Cnoc-a-Charnan and elsewhere. To his widow and infant son, to his aged father, brothers and sisters, our sympathy goes out in their irreparable loss.

Stornoway Gazette, 9 August 1940
George Morrison, son of Mr Robert Morrison and the late Mrs Morrison, 13 South Bragar, was a reservist of long standing, with fifteen years service to his credit. He leaves a widow and an infant son. He was on the ill-fated "Vandyck", sunk in Norwegian waters.

HMS Vandyck

Stornoway Gazette, 26 July 1940 
There were five Lewismen on board HMS Vandyck which the Admiralty reported last week had been sunk by an air attack off the coast of Norway on 10th June. The Vandyck was employed as a naval auxiliary. Two officers and five ratings were killed, and 29 officers and 132 ratings are prisoners of war.

Of the Lewismen aboard, George Morrison, 13 South Bragar, is reported killed, while the remaining four - Donald Murray, 1 New Shawbost; Angus Macdonald, 30 Lower Shader; Donald Macdonald, 28 Lower Shader and Angus Mackay, Galson are reported prisoners of war. Donald Murray is reported to have been slightly wounded.

A letter has been received from Angus Macdonald. It was much mutilated by the German censor, and no address is giv en but Macdonald's handwriting is recognisable. The letter states that all the Stornoway lads along with him are well. This information is slightly at variance with the Admiralty report that George Morrison, Bragar, was among the ratings killed, but Macdonald may have been referring only to those who were prisoners with him when he stated that they were all well. The communique says: "The delay in announcing the loss is due to difficulty in obtaining information regarding the prisoners of war for communication to next of kin".

HMS Vandyck, 13000 tons, was formerly a cruising liner and in peacetime carried thousands of holidaymakers to the Atlantic islands and the African coast. She had accommodation for about 400 passengers. She was owned by the Lamport and Holt Line Ltd who fitted her as a cruising liner seven years ago. She was given a new cabins, renovated public rooms and state rooms and two open air swimming baths.

William Macleod, 20 North Tolsta

Stornoway Gazette, 19 July 1940
William Macleod, 20 Shore Street, North Tolsta, was on a ship that was lost with all hands. A younger brother was reported missing a fortnight ago, and two other brothers are serving in the Army. His eldest brother was killed in the last war. Last year "Sime", as he was popularly called, married Christina, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Donald Macmillan, Glen Tolsta, and made his home in Glasgow. To his young widow and relatives we tender our deep sympathy.

Stornoway Gazette, 17 January 1941
News has been received that the body of William Macleod, 20 Shore Street, North Tolsta, who lost his life in the sinking of HM minesweeper "Kittiwake" last July has been found on the Dutch coast, and interred there.

Norman Macleod, 61 South Bragar

Stornoway Gazette, 19 July 1940
On Tuesday of last week news was received by Mrs Margaret Macleod, widow of Angus Macleod, 61 South Bragar, that her son, Norman Macleod, seaman, RNR, had been killed on war service. The receipt of this tragic news evoked the deepest sense of loss throughout the district. Norman, who was only 18 years of age, was the youngest lad from Bragar on active service. He volunteered for service in the RNR last autumn, and on being called up was posted to a minesweeper. Recently, he was transferred to the English Channel and it was there that he met his death. Norman was well fitted by nature and by training for his duties in the service. Physically, he was exceptionally well-built and strong for his age, a factor which, together with the training he received two years ago at Gravesend Sea School, made him a most efficient member of the crew. His mother, brother and sisters have indeed suffered a great loss and to them and all his relatives our hearts go out in their sore bereavement,

Stornoway Gazette, 9 August 1940
Norman Macleod, at the age of 18, was the youngest Bragar lad on service. He was a son of Mrs Macleod and the late Mr Angus Macleod, 61 South Bragar. He was killed at his post on a HM minesweeper, during engagements with German bombers.  

William Macdonald, 21 Marvig

Stornoway Gazette, 14 June 1940
Last week further news was received of Lewis casualties in the fighting at Dunkirk. On Saturday, Mr George Macdonald, Marvig, received word that his son, William, had been killed in action. Earlier in the week, William had been reported missing.

He was serving on HMT "Blackburn Rovers", sunk at Dunkirk. The skipper of the "Blackburn Rovers", William Martin, 14 Manor Park, better known in peacetime as skipper of the "Windfall", was seriously wounded in the engagement. He is in hospital in England.

Much sympathy is felt for Mr Macdonald and his family in their loss. They have had an anxious time since the outbreak of war. Last November, a younger brother, Hector, was reported missing after the sinking of the Rawalpindi. Then came news that he was a prisoner in Germany.

A third brother in this family, George Macdonald, was also a naval reservist, but he injured his back in a shipping accident at Buenos Aires and is at present in Lewis Sanatorium.

William Macdonald, who was 28 years of age, was a very cheery personality, popular in his home village and also in Stornoway where he worked for some years with the late Mr David Tolmie. After leaving his Stornoway employment, William joined the Merchant Service and was on a voyage to Hong Kong when war was declared. It was towards the end of last year before he was able to join his naval unit.

Malcolm Campbell, 3 North Dell

Stornoway Gazette, 14 June 1940
The sad news has been received by Widow Catherine Campbell, Belagloum, North Dell, that her son Malcolm has been killed in action in France. He was in the Seaforths.

Alex John Macaulay, 14 Keose

Stornoway Gazette, 14 June 1940
Word has been received in Keose that Driver Alex John Macaulay, RE, of 14 Keose, has been killed in action in Belgium. Shortly before the recent heavy fighting started, his parents received word from him that he was alive and well, but now has come the sad news that he has made the supreme sacrifice. Great sympathy is felt for his parents, Mr and Mrs Kenneth Macaulay, who have thus been bereft of their eldest son. Mr Macaulay himself served in the Navy throughout the Great War, and has another son at present serving in that arm. Alex John was well known in Stornoway and throughout the whole island. He served for some time in the regular army, but before being called up was engaged as a driver with Mr Donald Maclean, butcher, Point Street. His wide circle of acquaintances will receive the news of his death with regret. His quiet and courteous manner and efficient ways impressed everyone with whom he came in contact. We shall miss him, and our hearts and sympathy go out towards his parents, who have lost a most dutiful son, and to his brothers and sisters, who have lost their companion. Those of us who have to remain at home may ponder over the fact that youth faces sacrifice in order that age may have a safe haven. 

William Murray, North Dell

Stornoway Gazette, 7 June 1940
William Murray was killed in action last week on board one of HM trawlers. He was buried on Tuesday afternoon by his shipmates in an English naval port.

William Murray, North Dell, was a son of John Murray. He was the oldest of four brothers on service with the forces. He was unmarried. Great sympathy is felt for the relatives in their sad loss.

SG, 14 June 1940
John Murray, 6 North Dell, received word on Sunday 2nd June that his oldest son, William, was killed on active service. William was gunner on board one of the trawlers lost in the Channel. Two brothers are on service. One of these brothers, Angus, left port in company with William's ship on its last trip. When he came ashore again he overheard two Lewis lads whispering in the street that William's ship was lost. He later learned that his brother's remains were taken ashore at an East Coast port. The heartfelt sympathy of the community goes out to the family in their sore bereavement.  

Murdo Macleod, 40 Ranish

Stornoway Gazette, 7 June 1940
Murdo Macleod was killed in action last week on board one of HM trawlers. He was buried on Tuesday afternoon by his shipmates in an English naval port.

His death is particularly tragic. It is only about 6 weeks ago that he married a girl from Grimshader. Since then he has had only one spell of leave at home for a few days after his return from active service in Norway. Originally there were four brothers from this family on service, but Colin was invalided home and now Murdo has given his life. Their father is Malcolm Macleod, Ranish. Great sympathy is felt for the relatives of this lad in their sad loss.


Stornoway Gazette, 7 June 1940
The news last week was followed with anxiety in the Island. Pride in the great heroism which made the evacuation from Dunkirk possible was tempered by the knowledge that many Lewis and Harris lads were in the thick of the battle both on land and sea.

There has been news of casualties but happily there has also been news of miraculous escapes. Many families in all parts of the Island had telegrams at the weekend from sons safely back in England and one or two men of the BEF and some reservists arrived home on leave.

Two Lewis reservists were killed in action last week on board one of HM trawlers. They were buried on Tuesday afternoon by their shipmates in an English naval port. They were; Murdo Macleod, Ranish and William Murray, 6 North Dell, Ness. Macleod's death is particularly tragic. It is only about 6 weeks ago that he married a girl from Grimshader. Since then he has had only one spell of leave at home for a few days after his return from active service in Norway. Originally there were four brothers from this family on service, but Colin was invalided home and now Murdo has given his life. Their father is Malcolm Macleod, Ranish.

William Murray, North Dell, was a son of John Murray. He was the oldest of four brothers on service with the forces. He was unmarried. Great sympathy is felt for the relatives of these lads in their sad loss.

Norman Morrison, 30 Upper Coll

Stornoway Gazette, 31 May 1940
Norman lost his life when HM trawler "Charles Boyes" was sunk by enemy mine. Norman Morrison was the second son of John Morrison, 30 Upper Coll. He was 23 years of age and unmarried. This family has a unique record of service for King and Country. His father, John Morrison (better known as Anthony, SG 7 June 1940) served through the South African War with the Seaforths; he went through the Great War with the Navy, and now he is with the Merchant Navy, having taken up a job after the outbreak of war, at the age of 60. Two of his sons, Norman and Malcolm, joined the Royal Naval Reserve and were posted to the Trawler Section.

Alexander Mackay, 53 Back

Stornoway Gazette, 31 May 1940 
Alexander Mackay, 53 Back, was lost when HM trawler "Charles Boyes" was sunk by enemy mine. His brother Murdo is presumed lost last November in the "Rawalpindi". This is the second double bereavement in Lewis since the outbreak of war. Alexander was 31 years of age and unmarried. Two brothers are still on active service. Neil, the youngest, is with the Camerons, and Donald is in the Naval Reserve. There are also two sisters in the family, one of whom is married.

HMS Wyvern

Stornoway Gazette, 24 May 1940
Three Lewis naval reservists were killed in action last week, and a fourth was seriously wounded.

Murdo Maclean, RNR, 1 Breanish, killed in action, is the first West Uig casualty of the war. He was about 27 years of age and unmarried. Louis Macdonald, 9 Ardroil, is reported seriously wounded. His father left Stornoway to see him in a naval hospital. Malcolm Maciver, RNR, 72 Coll and Peter J. Macleod, RNR, 10 Eagleton have also been killed in action, or have since died of wounds. Both were young unmarried men - Maciver in his early twenties and Macleod just nineteen. Malcolm was a brother of Angus Maciver, who figured in the capture of the German ship "Borkum" last year, which was afterwards intercepted by a U-boat when being taken to a British port by a prize crew. The prize crew escaped in two lifeboats, taking the German prisoners with them.

It is understood that all four of these reservists were serving on the same ship [HMS Wyvern, transcriber's note], but the circumstances of the action are not known. The Admiralty has stated, however, that naval units were neavily engaged by Nazi bombers off the coast of Holland, and it may be in these operations that these valuable lives were lost.
Immediately on the invasion of the Low Countries, British destroyers raced to the main Dutch ports and, until the country fell into the hands of the Germans, they did valuable work in the face of intense aerial bombardment.

The Navy not only took the Dutch Queen and Government to London, and removed millions of pounds worth of diamonds, gold and foreign securities, but carried out extensive demolition works when the position of the Dutch army became desperate. Oil tanks were blown up, naval lock gates jammed, electric machinery destroyed, harbours blocked, one by the sinking of an old liner across the entrance; German minefields were swept, British minefields laid and small crafted penetrated to the Zuyder Zee. 

Murdo Maclean, 1 Brenish

Stornoway Gazette, 24 May 1940
Murdo Maclean, RNR, 1 Breanish, killed in action, is the first West Uig casualty of the war. He was about 27 years of age and unmarried. 

Neil Macdonald, Direcleit

Stornoway Gazette, 24 May 1940
We regret to announce that L/Cpl Neil Macdonald, Dereclate, Harris, has been killed in action. L/Cpl Macdonald joined the Camerons in April 1939. He was the son fo the late Rev. John Macdonald, Scourie, and lost both his father and mother when a mere child. Since the death of his father, he, with his brother and sister, resided with their uncle, the late Mr Angus macdonald, Dereclate, who, with his wife, devotedly reared the orphans. The death of the elder brother of this family is tragic. The other brother, Archibald, is also serving with the Camerons. The deceased was employed with the Bank of Scotland at Tarbert before the war and as a young man of sterling qualities had the confidence and esteem of the community. Much sympathy is felt for the relatives.

[...] He is the first soldier from either Harris or Lewis to lose his life since the outbreak of war and was a nephew of Mr Archibald Macrae, Stornoway.

 LCpl Neil Macdonald of Deraclate, Harris, killed in action with the Camerons, is the first soldier from either Harris or Lewis to lose his life since the outbreak of war. Harris had previously suffered three casualties at sea - Donald Campbell, Scalpay, lost on the Royal Oak; Malcolm Morrison, Kyles Scalpay, lost on service with the Dover patrol; and Malcolm Macaskill, Northton, lost with the Exmouth.