Stornoway Gazette, 24 May 1940
We regret to announce that L/Cpl Neil Macdonald, Dereclate, Harris, has been killed in action. L/Cpl Macdonald joined the Camerons in April 1939. He was the son fo the late Rev. John Macdonald, Scourie, and lost both his father and mother when a mere child. Since the death of his father, he, with his brother and sister, resided with their uncle, the late Mr Angus macdonald, Dereclate, who, with his wife, devotedly reared the orphans. The death of the elder brother of this family is tragic. The other brother, Archibald, is also serving with the Camerons. The deceased was employed with the Bank of Scotland at Tarbert before the war and as a young man of sterling qualities had the confidence and esteem of the community. Much sympathy is felt for the relatives.
[...] He is the first soldier from either Harris or Lewis to lose his life since the outbreak of war and was a nephew of Mr Archibald Macrae, Stornoway.
LCpl Neil Macdonald of Deraclate, Harris, killed in action with the Camerons, is the first soldier from either Harris or Lewis to lose his life since the outbreak of war. Harris had previously suffered three casualties at sea - Donald Campbell, Scalpay, lost on the Royal Oak; Malcolm Morrison, Kyles Scalpay, lost on service with the Dover patrol; and Malcolm Macaskill, Northton, lost with the Exmouth.