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.