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.

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