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.

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