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. 

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