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.