William Murray, 7 Upper Coll

Stornoway Gazette, 3 October 1941
William Murray, third son of Mr and Mrs Kenneth Murray, 7 Upper Coll, has lost his life through enemy action at the early age of 20 years. William, who was serving with the Merchant Navy for a year prior to his death, was quiet, gentle and unassuming by nature and possessed a keen sense of humour and ready wit. He was a very popular lad, well liked and respected by all who came in contact with him. To his sorrowing parents, brothers and sisters, we tender our heartfelt sympathy in their sore bereavement.

Stornoway Gazette, 10 October 1941
Seaman Alex Macleod, RNR, son of Mr and Mrs William Macleod, 20 Back, was killed in an accident recently at a Scottish port. He had not quite attained the age of 21. An exceptionally handsome lad, he was known by his friends as Dempsey, in tribute to his splendid physique and he will be remembered by many as a redoutable figure on the football field when he played left back for the Back XI. A quiet and cheerful lad, Alex was very popular and the attendance at the funeral to Gress cemetery was so large, despite the absence of so many men from home, that there were only two "lifts" on the two mile stretch between the house and the graveside.

Alex had just finished his recruit's training as a naval reservist when war broke out and he was posted to HMS Salopian, along with his brother Kenny. The brothers were drafted to different ships, however, after teh loss of the Salopian. A third brother, William, was rejected on medical grounds when he wished to join the Navy but succeeded in joining the Army. He went to France with the Camerons and was taken prisoner.

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