Norman Macleod, 4 Garenin

31 December 1943
The sad news has been received of the death in hospital in a foreign port of Norman Macleod (Tormod a Ghaidheil), of 4 and 22 Garenin. Norman was in the MN, and the cause of his death was severe injuries sustained in an accident on the ship, while in the execution of his duties. He was in the Special Reserve of the Seaforths when war broke out in 1914, and was drafted to the 1st Seaforths in France, soon after their arrival there that year. He served with them till the end of the war, latterly in Mesopotamia and Palestine. He was in the Merchant Navy since his return from the USA, several years before the present war. Norman was popular wherever he happened to be, as he was a kind and warm-hearted chap, and his inoffensive humour was always and everywhere appreciated. We deeply sympathise with his aged and bedridden mother, brother and sister, in their sad bereavement.

Donald Maciver, 6 Seaforth Road

17 December 1943
Determined to reach his depot before his ship left for sea, CPO Donald Maciver, RNR, of 6 Seaforth Road, Stornoway, decided to travel although he had been lying ill in bed for a week. His relatives advised him strongly to see a doctor, but he declined and left home in the early hours of Saturday morning to go aboard the "Lochness". Before she sailed, he collapsed and died. He was sitting smoking a cigarette, apparently quite normally, but just after he had thrown the stub away an airman noticed that there was something wrong. Within a few minutes, Maciver was dead.

CPO Maciver, who was 35 years of age, was a son of the late Mr and Mrs Roderick Maciver, formerly of 25 Swordale. He was sailing in the merchant service for many years before the war, and also worked as a docker and fisherman. He had completed his term of service with the Royal Naval Reserve before the outbreak of war, but within a fortnight of the commencement of hostilities he voluntarily rejoined. He saw some very hard service afloat. For two years, he was on a minesweeper, and he sailed with the famous Russian convoy about two years ago which was dive-bombed continuously for many days, and suffered severe losses. As the manner of his death shows, he was exceedingly conscientious and had a high conception of his duties.

He is survived by two brothers, one with the Canadian Navy, and one in the Merchant Service. His only sister lives at home with their aunt. To all the relatives deep sympathy is extended in their sudden bereavement.

Borrisdale losses

3 December 1943
In these tragic days, when sorrow and suffering are so widespread, painful news, which in normal times would be overwhelming, tends to become commonplace, thereby failing effectively to touch those cords of fellow-feeling and sympathy which so enrich and ennoble life. Is this not one of the evils of war?

It would perhaps be invidious to draw comparisons between the sacrifices made by different districts and communities, or to mention the grievousness of the loss of one life more than another, but Providence sometimes appears to direct its blows more heavily on some particular spot. This seems to be so in the case of the small village of Borrisdale, Leverburgh, where all three who answered the call to active service have now made the supreme sacrifice.

First of all, Seaman John R. T. Maclean, son of Mr and Mrs Donald Maclean, a quiet, likeable lad, in his early twenties; then Seaman Roderick Mackinnon, son of John Mackinnon, a fine young lad who was little more than a boy; and now Sergeant Neil Macdonald, the only son of Mr and Mrs Donald Macdonald, Borrisdale, who has lost his life in action in the Middle East.

It is no exaggeration to say that Neil was one of Nature's gentlemen, whose unique qualities made him a general favourite. Having studied for 6 years at Portree Higher Grade School, he took his Higher Leavings before the war commenced and when called up for active service was employed in a Ministry of Labour office in Tunbridge Wells, where his sister was nursing at the time. Typical of his manly character was his remark when it was suggested to him that he could ask for a postponement; "No, it is only a coward who hesitates when called upon to defend his country in its hour of danger".

Sergt Macdonald went through the North African campaign unscathed and the collapse of Italy raised the hopes of his parents and many friends that he would soon be back with us again, but it was not to be. How difficult it is to realise that we shall see him no more, and how difficult to understand why such a beautiful promising life is now ended. May He who alone knows the why and wherefore, the true Comforter, sustain and comfort the heartbroken parents and only sister in their great distress.

The heartfelt sympathy of the whole community is extended to them in their sorrow.

Walter Matheson, 14 Newvalley

26 November 1943
It was with very deep regret the people of Laxdale learned of the death, while serving with the RAF, of Flying Officer Walter Roderick Matheson. Walter, who was aged 22, joined the RAF before the war. He served for a time as a wireless operator, but was selected for a commission and sent to Canada for training. His selection was well merited and shortly after his return to this country with the rank of Pilot Officer, he was promoted Flying Officer. That was only two months ago. While still a lad at school in Laxdale and the Nicolson, Walter made a name for himself as a Gaelic singer, winning the premier awards not only at the Lewis provincial mod but at the National Mod. Great sympathy is extended to his parents and the other members of the family in their bereavement.

Donald Macdonald, 44 Upper Bayble

19 November 1943
Ldg. Seaman Donald Macdonald, husband of Mary Macdonald, 44 Upper Bayble, has been accidentally kilIed at Suez, at the age of 33 years. Donald, better known as Pool, led a seafaring life previous to the outbreak of war. He served for two years with the Royal Navy (Patrol Service), in home waters, and was later transferred to foreign service. His many friends in Upper Bayble, Swordale and elsewhere were deeply grieved to hear of his early death, and extend their sincere sympathy to his bereaved widow and young daughter, also to his parents, at Swordale, brothers on active service, and sisters at Flesherin and Lower Sandwick.

Murdo Macleod, 48 Swainbost

12 November 1943
The little village of Swainbost has already suffered sorely and dearly in the present war and we regret that Widow Colin Macleod, 48 Swainbost, has been informed that her son, Murdo, who was a naval reservist, has lost his life in his country's cause. His remains arrived at Stornoway on 29th October. His sorrowing wife belongs to Cromore and the funeral took place there. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his sorrowing wife, mother, brothers and sisters in their sore bereavement.

26 November 1943
Leading seaman Murdo Macleod, 48 Swainbost, was a strapping man of 29 years, and got back to his post from a short leave only a few days before his death. He was the third eldest son of Mrs and the late Colin Macleod, Swainbost. Mrs Macleod has lost three other sons, a daughter (all grown up) and also her husband. Our sympathy goes out to her and to his wife, whom he married only three years ago.

10 December 1943
News has already appeared in our Ness columns of the death on active service of L/S Murdo Macleod, fourth son of Mrs Macleod and the late Mr Colin Macleod, Swainbost.

The news was received with regret not only in Ness but in the village of Cromore, and indeed the whole district of Park. Three years ago, L/S Macleod married Mary, daughter of John Smith, 16 Cromore, Lochs, and since then, he spent nearly all his leaves in Cromore. Exceptionally charming and obliging, he endeared himself to everyone. There was nothing narrow in his generous nature. He was a kind man, a staunch friend, and a rare personality. He was called up on the outbreak of war and served for over 4 years in the Navy. He was home on leave just a few weeks before his death. His remains were brought home and the funeral, which was largely attended took place to Crossbost Cemetery.

A wide circle of friends throughout Lewis join the villagers of Cromore in extending sympathy to his broken-hearted wife, mother, sisters and brothers, in their tragic loss. Also to all his in-laws, who mourn him as a son and brother.

John Maciver, 29 North Bragar

5 November 1943
It is with deep regret that we record the death of John Maciver, 29 North Bragar (Iain Tharmoid Dhomhnuill Sheoc) at the early age of 34 years. John was one of many Lewis reservists who answered the call when war broke out, but because of illness, he was later invalided out of the Forces. After spending some time at home, he started work with a firm of contractors in Stornoway, and continued in their employment until the autumn of this year. After that he helped with the harvest. His illness, which was of short duration, was not thought at first to be so serious. He was removed to the I. D. hospital and later on transferred to the Lewis Hospital, where he died on Sunday 17th October. He was the only surviving son of Norman Maciver, his only brother having been lost at sea before the war. On Tuesday 19th October, the funeral took place. It was largely attended by friends and relatives and by many servicemen from the district who were on leave. The sympathy of the community is extended to his aged parents and sisters in their sore bereavement.

Malcolm Maciver, 10 Upper Coll

22 October 1943
Malcolm Maciver, 10 Upper Coll, whose death occurred recently in the Lewis Sanatorium Was aged 32. He had been on service with the Navy from the outbreak of war and served for more than a year in West Africa. He temporarily lost the sight of an eye as the result of bombing at Dover.

Kenneth Mackenzie, 5 Ropework Road

22 October 1943
Many friends in Stornoway learned with regret the news that Sergt Kenneth Mackenzie RAF, son of Murdo Mackenzie and the late Mrs Mackenzie, 5 Ropework Road, Stornoway, has lost his life while serving with the RAF. Kenneth, who was aged 21, was a very popular lad, with his contemporaries. On leaving the Nicolson Institute, he worked for a time in an aircraft factory in the south and then entered the RAF. He had been in the RAF for just 12 months and was expected home on leave at the time of his death. His elder brother, Roderick, is a prisoner of war in Germany. One sister, Mary Anne, lives at home with her father.

The Commanding Officer at his station has written of Kenneth that: "He was considered a capable air gunner and was very popular with his crew. Please accept my deepest sympathy in your bereavement." He adds: "and I also wish to convey the sympathy of the many friends he made while at this station".

Malcolm John Macritchie, 4 Ardroil

1 October 1943
Much regret was occasioned in the Uig district by the news that Sergt. Malcolm John Macritchie, R.A.F., son of Mr Peter Macritchie, Ardroil, is reported missing. Malcolm John was engaged in operations over Germany. He joined the R.A.F. in February. 1940, and was employed as a mechanic. In civil life he assisted his father and frequently drove the bus so that he was well known both in Uig and in Stornoway. He was an only son and much sympathy is felt with the family in their period of anxiety.

24 March 1944 and 21 April 1944
It was with deep regret the people of the district learned that Mr Peter Macritchie, bus owner, Ardroil, has been informed by the Air Ministry that his son, Sgt Malcolm John Macritchie, RAF, who has been missing since September last, is now believed to have lost his life on active service. The Air Ministry state that they have received information to this effect from German sources. Malcolm John who joined the RAF in 1940 was an only son. He served as Flight Engineer on Lancaster bombers and was 22 years of age.

Donald Murray, 44 South Bragar

24 September 1943
Our village has suffered another blow as a result of the war in the death of Gnr. Donald Murray, R.A., husband of Bella Mackay, 10 North Bragar, and son of the late John Murray and Mrs Murray, 44 South Bragar, which took place on 6th September at Preston Royal Infirmary. Widespread regret was felt when it was learned that his death occurred at the comparatively early age of 42 years. Indeed, his passing leaves a large gap here, for his nature was such that many were attracted towards him. He was of a very happy and humorous disposition and always looked on the bright side of things. No social gathering was complete without him and his own natural wit coupled with his rendering of many local songs was exceptional entertainment. For some Years he resided in Benside where he was employed by the Post Office at the time of his calling-up nearly two years ago. Then he and Mrs Murray made their home in Bragar, where Donald pent his last two leaves. We were glad to see him back in our midst again. His many friends in the Laxdale district will also be sorry to hear of his death. The remains were brought home and on September 11th the funeral to the Bragar Cemetery took place. The large number who gathered to pay their tribute to the memory of Domhnull Iain 'an Ghobha was proof of his popularitY. We extend our sympathies to his widow and two young children and also to his aged mother, brothers and sisters, in their irreparable loss.

Kenneth Macleod, 34 Lower Bayble

17 September 1943
Kenneth Macleod, only son of Mr and Mrs Alex. Macleod, 34 Lower Bayble. whose death occurred recently in the Lewis Sanatorium at the early age of 30 years, was on foreign service with the Navy for the first two and a half years of the war. On returning to this country he was discharged for health reasons, and was sent to the Sanatorium. He never complained, bore his illness with patience, and greeted all who visited him with a happy smile. He was of a very quiet but kind and pleasant disposition; was well liked and will be much missed. Kenneth was predeceased by his sister Mary less than 18 months ago. Deep sympathy is extended to his parents and sisters in their bereavement.

Murdo Macdonald, 16 Shader (Point)

10 September 1943
We regret to record that Murdo Macdonald, MN, 16 Shader Point, is presumed lost as a result of enemy action. Murdo was 36 years of age and was a sailor since he was quite a young chap. He was a very companionable man and made friends with all whom he met. His face always wore a smile. A gloom was cast over the village when the news spread that he was not among the survivors from his ship. His two sisters and two brothers and an aunt survive him. The youngest of the family, Cpl Alex Macdonald, RAMC, is on active service. To the sorrowing family, we extend deep sympathy in their bereavement.

Donald John Macleod, Kyles Scalpay

3 September 1943
The relatives of Seaman Donald John Macleod, Kyles Scalpay, have been officially informed that he has been lost at sea through enemy action. This is the second member of this family who has been lost at sea since the beginning of the war. The news of Donald John's death has occasioned widespread regret in Harris. He was a young man of many fine qualities and a great favourite in his own township. Indeed, wherever he went he soon made friends. The sympathy of the community goes out to his relatives.

Kenneth Perceval Morrison, 67 Bayhead

3 September 1943
News has just been received from West Africa, of the death there on the 14th inst. , at the early age of 26 of Captain Kenneth P. Morrison, RAMC, the youngest son of Lieut, John Morrison, R.N. (retired), a well known native of Stornoway (one of the Creed family of that name).

Capt. Morrison, after a brilliant University career, graduated M.B. Oh.B., .with distinction, in June, 1940, having headed his class in many of the examinations and among other successes having taken first place and carried off the medal both in Pathology and in Materia Medica.

Much sympathy will be felt for the parents of this clever lad, whose outstanding achievements gave so much promise of a useful and honourable career in his adopted profession.

Malcolm Mackenzie, 15 North Street, Sandwick

3 September 1943
Another name, in that of Malcolm Mackenzie of Sandwick and Possilpark, Glasgow, has to be added to that of many sons of Eilean an Fhraoich who have made the supreme sacrifice in the War. As the vessel on which he sailed as engineer is presumed to have been sunk by enemy action as far back as last February, and nothing has since been heard of him, his death may now be accepted as a tragic fact.

Deceased was the youngest son of the late Malcolm Mackenzie and Mrs Mackenzie, Possilpark, Glasgow and a grandson of the late Mr and Mrs Donald Chapman, Sandwick. He served his time as an engineer in the Hydepark Locomotive Works, Glasgow, and afterwards went to sea, serving for several years as a marine engineer on City Line steamers. He afterwards transferred to Harrison & Co's ships of Cardiff, and it was on one of that Company's vessels he was when his life was lost by enemy action.

It might be added that he has three brothers serving at sea at the present moment, two in the Navy, and one in the Merchant Navy. His mother and the family to which he belongs are well-known in the Highland circles in Glasgow. A sister, Mrs Effie Maclean, wife of Mr John Maclean of Glasgow Police (Maryhill Division), is well-known as the very competent secretary of the Lewis and Harris Association.

John Macdonald Smith, Balallan

27 August 1943
The death, through enemy action of Capt. John Macdonald Smith, RNR, eldest son of Mrs Smith, Erisort House, Balallan, and the late Mr John Smith, for many years headmaster at Carloway, has robbed Lewis of one of her most adventurous sons, at the early age of 46. When only 17 years of age, John Smith went out to the Hoogli, but, as soon as possible, he joined the RNR from which he was demobilised in 1919, with the rank of Lieutenant. A short period at home followed, but then he turned to the sea again, joining a ship which was trading with Mexico. A chance advertisement in a paper, and John left his ship to join the staff of the Mexican Eagle Oil Company, where he remained, eventually beocming assistant manager. In 1938, owing to the strained relations between Mexico and Britain, he had to leave at a moment's notice, with his wife and young son, to seek safety in the USA. A spell in Lewis followed, but, on outbreak of this war, Johnnie Mor again offered his services, which were accepted and he rejoined the RNR with the rank of Commander. His business training in Mexico came in very useful and before long his tact and organising ability were recognisedf. Promotion speedily followed, as well as very arduous tasks all over Europe. The handling of the supplies to North Russia was a task which occupied him for many months and during his sojourn there, he had many narrow escapes from death. On his recall from Russia, he was promoted Captain and was engaged in organising the transport of the vast quantities of men and material being shipped to Africa. His was a life which was full of thrills. He lived life and loved life, whether with rod or gun on the Lewis moors, stalking game in the jungles of Bengal or in the forests of Central America. To his wife, his son and his mother, brothers and sisters, we offer our sincerest condolences in the loss of a man who lived a straight, worthy and fearless life.

Murdo Maclean, 4 New Holdings, Leurbost

27 August 1943
It was with profound regret the community learned that the ship on which Murdo Maclean, youngest son of Mr and Mrs Kenneth Maclean. 4 New Holdings, Leurbost. was sailing, has been sunk by enemy action. Murdo, who had just attained the age of 21 has been posted missing.

21 April 1944
Mr Kenneth Maclean, 4 New Holdings, Leurbost, has been informed by the Minister of War Transport that his son, Murdo, who has been missing at sea for some time, is now reported missing, believed killed, whilst on service with the Merchant Navy. Lord Leathers states that he has added Murdo's name to the Merchant Navy Roll of Honour, and he expresses admiration for the services which he rendered and sympathy with the family in their bereavement. "Your son worthily upheld the noble traditions of the service, and I may perhaps hope that the realisation of this fact will help soften the heavy blow which has fallen upon you", he adds. 

Murdo Nicolson, 46 Seaforth Road

27 August 1943
It is with deep regret that we hear of the abandonment of further hope for the safety of Murdoch Nicolson, 46 Seaforth Road, Stornoway, who was reported missing some weeks ago. He was Chief Petty Officer Instructor of the Sea Cadet Corps in which he had served for 17 years and to which he looked forward to returning. Although Grade III, he volunteered for service afloat on finding that it was possible to be accepted for the Merchant Navy. Of sterling character and considerable ability, his death has come as a great shock to all his old comrades of the Corps, as well as to the very large circle of friends throughout the island, and the utmost sympathy is felt for his widow and two little girls - both at present happily too young to understand the great loss they have sustained.

Donald Maclennan, Fivepenny

20 August 1943
Relatives and friends in the Ness district will regret to learn that P.O. Donald Maclennan, son of Mr and Mrs Donald Maclennan, 2056 West Thirteenth Street, Vancouver, has been killed in a flying accident in Eastern Canada. P.O. Maclennan, 19, was born in Vancouver and attended Lord Tennyson and Kitsilano High Schools and University of British Columbia. He enlisted in the R.C.A.F. in July last year and was later attached to the R.A.F. Ferry Command. Mr Donald Maclennan, snr., was a native of Fivepenny, Ness. His son had never been in Lewis.

Eric Angus Bodley, 10 Ardroil

23 July 1943
Cpl. Eric Angus Bodley, Seaforth Highlanders, of 10 Ardroil, was killed in action at the battle of Wadi Akarit in April. His Captain, writing to his sister, Nurse Margaret Bodley, Southern General Hospital, Edinburgh, says :-I sympathise with you most sincerely in the loss which I know must be almost unbearable, but you must know that he died very bravely and it was his comrades and his friends that enabled us to win that battle.

We attacked the enemy positions about the Wadi Akarit at dawn on the 6th of April. It was an extremely strongly held position and the enemy were very determined not to lose it, so there were many counter attacks throughout the day and it was during one of these that your brother was killed by machine-gun fire. He was buried in the Seaforth Cemetery at the foot of Roumana Ridge on the 8th of April. There was a service taken by our Padre, Capt. D. W. Macrae. M.C., which was attended by many hundreds of Seaforths, and at which our pipes played. The cemetery is in a very beautiful place with the hills behind.

Cpl Bodley was brought up by his grandparents at 10 Ardroil. His uncle is Angus Macleod, 26 Keith Street, Stornoway. His sister Margaret, as stated, is nursing in Edinburgh.

Donald Macleod, 39B Balallan

9 July 1943
Many friends, both in this country and in America, will be sorry to hear that Seaman Donald Macleod, 39b Balallan, is missing at sea. We shall all miss his cheery smile and hearty greeting. At the age of 19, he emigrated to Peru, and there served an apprenticeship in the copper mines. On the outbreak of war, however, he could not resist the call of the sea and joined the merchant navy, serving in many parts of the world. While in a convoy in the North Atlantic, and during a heavy gale, his ship became separated from the rest and has since been considered lost with all hands. Heartfelt sympathy is extended to his parents, brothers and sisters, who mourn a very promising and cheery young lad.

1 June 1945
Angus John Macleod, son of Mr and Mrs R. Macleod, 30 Balallan, was lost at sea last year. His brother, Donald, was lost at sea in 1943

Norman Saunders, 30 Borve

2 July 1943
The village of Borve was deeply grieved by the news of the death of Sgt. Norman Saunders, Seaforths Highlanders, youngest of the seven sons of Mr and Mrs Roderick Saunders, 30 Borve. During the battle of the Mareth Line, he was fatally wounded by shrapnel. He would have been 26 years on 13th April. Joining the army at the age of 18, he proved a staunch and energetic soldier right to the end. The heartfelt sympathy of the community is extended to the griefstricken parents, sisters and brothers.

Finlaysons of Tong

2 July 1943
Within a year of each other, John and Donald Finlayson, sons oI Mr and Mrs Angus Finlayson, 24 Aird, Tong, have been lost at sea. Donald was lost at sea in April, 1942. John in April of this year. There are two brothers still on service.

Donald Angus Macdonald, 28 Upper Shader

25 June 1943
His many friends in Shader, Barvas, and those who were his classmates in the Nicolson Institute, will learn with regret that Donald Angus Macdonald, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Norman Macdonald, 28 Upper Shader, Barvas, who was reported missing some months ago is now presumed lost. Donald Angus took his leaving certificate in the Nicolson in 1941, and joined the Navy 1942. He was serving as a supply assistant on one of H.M. ships.

John Finlayson, 24 Tong

21 May 1943
It was with deep regret the village of Tong learned that John Finlayson had been lost at sea. John was one of four sons of Mr and Mrs Angus Finlayson on active service, and the second to give his life for King and Country. His eldest brother, Donald, was lost at sea in April. John was a handsome, outstanding fellow and it is a hard blowfor his parents to bear the loss of a second son in the one year.

Donald was taken from our midst at the early age of 32. John was only 23. The deepest sympathy of the community is extended to their parents, sisters, and brother at home, 24 Aird Tong, their sisters away from home, and their two brothers still on active service.

William Thomson Maclean, 9 Ropework Road

23 April 1943
It was with regret it was learned that Sapper William Thomson Maclean, second son of Mr and Mrs D Maclean, 9 Ropework Road, Stornoway, has been killed in action in the Middle East. His two brothers have been prisoners of war in Germany since the capture of the Ross Battery at St Valery, and much sympathy is felt for the family in this new sorrow, added to their long period of separation and anxiety.

Colin Finlay Nicolson, 20 Church Street

16 April 1943
His many friends were profoundly grieved to hear that Sergt Observer Colin Finlay Nicholson, RAFVR, son of the late Finlay Nicholson, Upper Bayble and Canada, and of Mrs Murdo Murray, 8 Viewfield Avenue, Beauly, had lost his life during air operations in March. Colin, who was 28, came from Canada when only 1½ years old, with his widowed mother and sisters. He will be remembered in Stornoway where he spent his earlier schooldays, before finishing in Beauly and Inverness Academy. He grew up into a young man of sterling character, highly respected by all who knew him, both in his private and business life. In the latter capacity, he showed great promise, having more than ordinary inteligence and ability, but his career was interrupted when he enlisted in his country's cause. Taking his observer's course in America, he proceeded to India shortly after returning to this country. In the family circle, Colin was a pillar of strength to old and young alike, and his influence will not be forgotten. His was a self-sacrificing life, always thinking first of the needs of others. Our sympathy goes out in great measure to his sorrowing mother, and to his stepfather, three sisters, and two younger brothers, to whom he has left an example which they will be proud to follow.

Roderick Alex Macdonald, 5 Ardhasaig

26 March 1943
Mrs Catherine Macdonald, Ardhasaig, has received official intimation that her son, AB Roderick Alex. Macdonald, RNR, is missing believed killed through enemy action. Seaman Macdonald was a young man of character and highly respected by all who knew him. There is some little hope that he may yet be safe, but deep sympathy is felt for his mother and other relatives during their anxious period of waiting and hoping.

Transcriber’s note: Roderick Alex Macdonald was later confirmed killed

Kenneth Maciver, 25 Cross Skigersta Road

26 March 1943
When Able Seaman Kenneth Maciver, RNR, 25 New Road, Habost, was reported "missing, presumed killed", his widow received this letter from one of his officers.

"I am writing on behalf of the surviving officers and men of HMS ------ to tender you our heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your husband and our shipmate, Able Seaman Kenneth Maciver, who so gallantly gave his life in action against the enemy. He had, as you know, been with us since the beginning of the commission, and had become an indispensible member of the ship's company. It was therefore with very deep regret that we found him to be amongst those missing.

"Throughout the action, he worked unceasingly, entirely regardless of his own safety, and I cannot speak too highly of the fine example of courageous devotion to duty which he set his shipmates. He was indeed a man among men, and you may well feel most proud of him.

"If ever in the future I can be of our assistance to you, please do not hesitate to let me know, I shall be only too glad to do anything I can".

Able Seaman Maciver is survived by widow and one son.

Kenneth Crichton, 6 Aignish

19 March 1943
News has been received from the Middle East that Gunner Kenneth Angus Crichton, son of William Crichton, 6 Aignish, has died of wounds sustained during the January advance of the 8th Army. Turned down for service with the Ross Mountain Battery, because of a slight defect in one leg, Kenneth was still determined to get into the services. Finally he was accepted for home defence only, but in the crisis after Dunkirk was sent out to the Middle East, and went through the campaign of Wavell, Auchinleck and Alexander. In the month of January, when the hard-fought campaigns were about to earn their reward in the complete expulsion of the Axis forces from Italian North Africa, he was wounded, and his death occurred early in February. He leaves a wife and son at 33 Ranish, to whom, as to his other relatives, deep sympathy is extended.

Norman Macleod, 28 North Shawbost

12 March 1943
We regret to record the death of Leading Seaman Norman Macleod of 28 North Shawbost, which took place in a hospital in Deolali, India, on 6 February. Over a year ago his ship sailed for Colombo. On this voyage he met with an accident, the results of which ultimately developed into serious illness and culminated in his death. Deceased was employed for some years by the Clyde Trust, but being in the naval reserve was called up at the outbreak of war. He was in the thick of the fighting until his illness, and went through th ethrilling experiences in home and foreign waters. Norman was very popular in his native village, and in Glasgow, in Highland circles. He was of a kindhearted and sympathetic disposition, and outstanding integrity. He was naturally witty. His pawky humour made his company pleasant and interesting. We tender his widowed mother (whose only son he was) sisters and uncle our heartfelt sympathy in their bereavement.

His many friends on Clydeside learned with profound grief of the death on active service of Leading Seaman Norman Macleod, only son of the late Mr Angus Macleod and Mrs Macleod, 28 North Shawbost, and a nephew Dr Norman Morrison, the well-known naturalist. Norman, who was 33 years of age, had been in the employment of the Clyde Trust, since he left home 12 years ago. On the outbreak of war he joined the Naval Patrol, and for the first two years was engaged on patrol duty in the English Channel, where he had many encounters with enemy air and surface craft. About 12 months ago he was drafted out East, and it appears that he met with an accident on board ship, from which he never recovered, and died in a hospital in India on 6th February. He was a member of the Executive of the Lewis Society of Glasgow, and as such was one of its most popular and enthusiastic members. His genial and engaging personality made him universally popular. He took much delight in associating himself with elderly people, listening to their stories and experiences, and, as he had a keen sense of humour, his company was sought and enjoyed by a large circle of friends. Norman was the only son of the family of five, and to his widowed mother and sisters, who have lost a dutiful son and brother, we extend our heartfelt sympathy in their grievous loss.

Finlay Macdonald, 19 Cross

5 March 1943
Much anxiety and sorrow has been felt since it became known on Friday 19 February that Mrs Macdonald, 19 Cross, had been informed by the Company that the ship on which her husband, seaman Finlay Macdonald was sailing, had been sunk through enemy action at sea and that he was not among the survivors. "Fionnlaidh Mhurachaidh Chaluim" as he was locally known, was a native of Habost.

Three lads from Habost (Ness)

5 March 1943
We deeply regret to announce that three young men from Habost are presumed to have lost their lives through enemy action at sea in the month of February. They are Finlay Macdonald, youngest son of Mr Murdo macdonald and the late Mrs Macdonald of 24 Habost; Kenneth Murray, only son of the late Mr and Mrs Alex Murray, 20 Habost; and Murdo Murray, youngest son of Widow Catherine Murray, Back Street, Habost. Finlay Macdonald was married to Maggie Macritchie, youngest daughter of Mr Donald Macritchie and the late Mrs Macritchie of Cross, Ness. He was in the USA for a number of years, also in Canada. He came back tot he old country before the war, joined the Merchant service and made a few trips to the Colonies. On some of these trips he had the pleasure of meeting his eldest brother, Donald, who was bosun on a well known vessel for a long time, until he settled on the New Zealand coast. An older brother, John Macdonald, MA, is a schoolmaster in the Elementary School at Perth, and a sister, Annie Macdonald, is resident in Detroit, USA. Their father is still int he old home with his daughter, Chrissie Macdonald. Finlay's widow and their two children live at Cross. Kenneth Murray (a first cousin of Finlay Macdonald) was on the same ship. Kenneth was for a number of years in New Zealand and was well-known in the city of Wellington, where he was in the Caledonian Pipe Band. He was a splendid piper, of whom Ness had reason to be proud. One of his sisters, Mrs John Macdonald, whose husband belongs to Lionel, lives in Wellington, and another, Mrs Duncan Thomson, whose husband belongs to Skigersta, is in Vancouver, BC. A third sister at home is Mrs John Murray, 20 Habost, Ness. Murdo Murray was better known in the district as "Laddie Beag". He was in the Merchant Service before the war, and saw quite a lot of active service from September 1939, back and fore from New Zealand and many other parts of the world. His father lost his life in the last war. He was in the Seaforth Highlanders and made the supreme sacrifice in France. Mrs Murray's only brother, Malcolm Maclean, Back Street Habost (one of the survivors of the "Maimoa") is a prisoner of war in Germany. She has another son in the RNR. Murdo Murray, who has also seen a lot of service in this war. We deeply sympathise with the relatives of these three gallant seamen in their great loss.

Since war began, five young men from Habost have lost their lives through enemy action at sea. Not so very long ago, PO Kenneth Maciver, husband of Mrs Doleen Murray, Back Street, Habost, was lost at sea on a convoy to Russia. John Morrison, RNR, Back Street, Habost, youngest son of the late William Morrison and Mrs Morrison, Back Street, Habost, lost his life at sea about two years ago. His only brother, Hector Morrison, a piper in the Seaforth Highlanders, is a prisoner of war in Germany since Dunkirk.

Angus Gillies, 23 South Shawbost

19 February 1943
On Saturday 6th February, the village of Shawbost was cast into deep gloom when the sad news went round that Mr and Mrs Angus Gillies, 23 South Shawbost, had been notified that their son, Angus, was missing, presumed killed.

"Saighdear", as he was locally known, although he was never a soldier, was 30 years of age. Being a naval reservist, he was called up before the outbreak of hostilities and was constantly at sea since then, except for occasional short breaks. He was a survivor from the "Salopian", and, after a brief spell in barracks, he was drafted to anothe rship, on which he went to foreign service. Late last autumn again his ship was torpedoed and sunk, but he survived this shipwreck, also without ill effects. In his letters he made little mention of his experiences and the fighting he had seen. At the time of writing, it is not known whether he was on a ship when he met his untimely death, but from the official notice, we should assume that he was. The "Saighdear" was of a most genial disposition, his pleasant smile and ready wit made him a favourite with young and old. To us, it seems incredible that one so cherished and whose wit was so lively and entertaining in the ceilidh house, should have been called so suddenly from our midst, but treasured memories of his personality will always linger in our hearts. His three brothers are on active service - Murdo and Donald in the navy and Donald William in the Air Force. Donald and Donald Wm are on foreign service. His sister, Chrissie, is on war work. to them and to his sorrowing parents and sisters, we extend our deepest sympathy in their sore loss of a most dutiful son and brother.

Murdo Graham, 84 North Tolsta

29 January 1943
Seaman Murdo Graham, School Road, North Tolsta, was lost at sea off Tobruk. He was the only son of a widowed mother. His father, the first man from the Back district to fall in the last war, lost his life in the retreat from Mons.

Norman Mackinnon, 24 Marvig

22 January 1943
L/Seaman Norman Mackinnon, RNR, who lost his life through enemy action while serving on one of HM trawlers, is a brother of Piper Donald mackinnon, Seaforth Highlanders, who died in India as a result of wounds received in France and of Roderick Mackinnon who was captured in North Africa in June 1941, and is now in an Italian prison camp. A fourth brother, John, is a chief petty officer in the Royal Naval Reserve.

Norman was twice torpedoed. He was a survivor from the "Athenia", sunk the day war was declared, and later he was again a survivor from one of the smaller naval vessels.

Malcolm Mackay, 15 Valtos

15 January 1943
It is with very deep regret we record the death, through enemy action, of Malcolm Mackay (Calum a'Chreagain), at the age of 31 years. He was the youngest member of the family of the late Alexander Mackay and Mrs Mackay, of 15 Valtos, Uig. His father also gave his life for King and Country in the First World War. Calum was a naval reservist before the war, and was called up at the outbreak of hostilities, being over 12 months on foreign service before obtaining his first leave. Eventually, he was transferred to another ship on which eh served until the last fatal action. Calum was of a very jovial disposition, had a pleasing and attractive manner, and was a general favourite in the whole community. He was full of clean good humour, straight and upright in word and action. In pre-war years, he took a great interest in the social activities of the district, and was the originator of many entertainments, whereby the Valtos School district took a prominent position on the "chart of finance" of the Lewis Hospital. The whole district is poorer for his passing. To his widowed mother, his brother and sisters at home and abroad, we extend our heartfelt sympathy in their sore bereavement.

Kenneth Maciver, 36 North Tolsta

15 January 1943
The whole township of Habost was cast into gloom when it became known that PO Kenny Maciver, RNR, husband of Doleen Murray, Back Street, Habost, Ness, has been lost at sea. Kenny Maciver belonged to North Tolsta, but married a Habost bride since war began, and made so many friends in the village that he might have belonged to it all his life. Kenny was on dangerous service all the time and made several voyages to Russia with convoys, a trying job in the winter months. He was well liked by all who knew him and we in Habost will always remember his happy smile and cheery ways. He leaves a wife and one child at Ness. His sister, Mrs Donald Morrison, also resides in Ness, at 2 Habost. We deeply sympathise with them in their great loss.

Donald Murray, 103 Seaforth Road

1 January 1943
It was with deep regret that his friends in Stornoway learned that Cpl Donald Murray, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, had died of wounds in North Africa.

Donald, who was the elder son of Widow Murray, 34 Kenneth Street, served in France with the BEF. Later, he joined a Commando and went with the unit to North Africa. Only last February, he married Christina Ann, daughter of Mr and Mrs Neil Macleod, 103 Seaforth Road, to whom and to his widowed mother, deep sympathy is extended.

19 February 1943
As we recently recorded in these columns, Cpl Donald Murray, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, elder son of Widow Murray, 34 Kenneth Street, has died of wounds in North Africa. He was serving with a Commando. A year ago, he married Christina Ann, daughter of Mr and Mrs Neil Macleod, 103 Seaforth Road. His brother Allan is serving with the PAI forces, while two of his wife's brothers, Angus and Murdo, have been prisoners of war since June 1940.

Lachlan Campbell, 4 Northton

1 January 1943
The war toll on Lewis and Harris has been a heavy one, and it is still being continued. One of the most recent of whom the news of his death has been received is Lance-Corporal Lachlan Campbell of the Cameron Highlanders, son of the late John Campbell and of Mrs Campbell, Northton, Leverburgh. Campbell was killed in action in the Middle East on 24 October last. He was a fine young man, over 6 feet in height, and was just 21 years at the time of this death.

He left his home in Harris when only 16 years of age and was employed in Fort William, where he joined the Territorials. He was at home on a brief holiday when War was declared and immediately left to join his unit.

His late father served throughout the Kaiser War and was badly gassed, from the result of which he died some years afterwards.

Much sympathy is felt for his widowed mother, whose other younger son has been in ill-health for some time. His mother is a sister of Mrs Angus Macdonald, Glasgow, a prominent member of Lewis and Harris Association Committee, her husband, Lieut. Macdonald, also being a vice-president.

15 January 1943
L/Cpl Lachlan Campbell, son of Mrs John Campbell, 4 Northton, Leverburgh, Harris, killed in action in the Middle East was 21 years old. He left home before he was 16 years of age and worked in Fort William, where he joined the Territorials. He was at home for a short visit when war was declared and left immediately to join his unit at Fort William. Over 6 feet in height and of good physicque, Lachlan was a handsome figure. He was highly respected in his native village. His father served throughout the first world war and was badly gassed, the results of which proved fatal several years later. Much sympathy is felt for Cpl Campbell's mother and younger brother, who has been in ill health for some time.

Sister Effie Macphail, 24 North Bragar

Stornoway Gazette, 26 November 1943
The war assumed a different aspect for our village last week when news of the first girl casualty was received. On Monday 15th November a telegram conveyed the sad news that sister Effie Macphail, QAIMNS, of 24 North Bragar, had died as a result of accidental gunshot injuries in India at the age of 30 years. All her life was given to nursing, a calling in which she took a deep interest. After two years in the Nicolson Institute she took up training at St Luke's Hospital in Bradford. At the outbreak of war, she was on the staff of the Lewis Hospital, where she served for 3 years. In December 1941, she joined the Civil Nursing Service, being stationed at Windygates until January 1943. Then she took up duty at Chester with QAIMNS. Having volunteered for service overseas, she was home on Embarkation leave in May of this year, and sailed in June. Her station was at a British Military Hospital in Northern India. Her death has cast a gloom over the whole district. Her attractive nature and happy disposition endeared her to all her acquaintances. She always had a word of comfort for her patients. This winsome manner earned her a good reputation everywhere, and the news of her death will be widely regretted. The sympathy of the whole community is extended to her mother, who suffered grievously in the last war, having lost her husband at sea, and to her brother, sisters and other relations in their bitter loss.

Malcolm Macleod, Carloway

Stornoway Gazette, 25 December 1942
It was with bated breath that word was passed round the district of Carloway on Saturday 21st November "Mharbhadh Calum an t-Saighdeir", as if the person passing on the news wished to minimise the shock he knew his words would carry. And well he should, foro a charming acquaintance, a kindly friend and a delightful companion has been lost to us in the death of Calum.
L/Cpl Piper Malcolm Macleod was a regular army soldier before the war, serving in the Seaforth Highlanders, in which his father served before him during the South African war, and in which an uncle served shortly afterwards as a piper. Malcolm could be nothing but a soldier. He joined the local Territorial unit at 16 years of age, and the Royal Naval Resreve at 18 years, but was back in the Seaforths at 23. All his life devoted to music, he soon found himself in the pipe band, no doubt realising his childhood dreams;and it is very probable that it was thus he fell in November last, a piper of the Seaforths leadings the regiment in battle. So much has been said and written of the gallant bearing of the Highland regiments in that epoch-making assault on the enemy's defences near El-Alamein, where Calum fell, an action upon which so much is now known tohave depended, that it is assured that the glory o fbattle shall be theirs for ever.
At 11 Garenin, the widowed mother and his two sisters are now mourning his loss in searing sorrow, while a brother, Kenneth, is in the Merchant Navy, and another brother, Murdo, an officer in the Merchant Navy of the USA, may also bynow have received news of the bitter blow. We remember that a leading trait in Malcolm's own personality was the gift of dispelling grief and sadness by his lovable presence, and so may they now be sustained by Him who knows what grief and sorrow is.

O'er danger cliffs we climbed
To the beckoning finger of Youth;
Eager, expectant, and sometimes blind
To safety-signals from Truth
As she stood so close on the rock nearby
We heard the voice from her mouth

But fancy would fill our new-swept mind
With riot of gladness and song;
And we thrilled to the pulse of those of our kind
Who are young and free and strong;
But we slept one night and woke to find
The struggle of Right and Wrong

Now another signal pierces the gloom
Of the smoke-pall over the skies
A call to free the world from doom
If it's ready to pay the price
You answered, my comrade, in other's room -
God bless the sacrifice

Donald Campbell Smith, 14 Point Street, Stornoway

Stornoway Gazette, 25 December 1942
Sgt Donald Campbell Smith, RAF, 23 year old son of Mrs Murdo Smith, 14 Point Street, Stornoway, who was reported missing in June is now "presumed killed on active service". He was born at 179 Langlands Road, Govan, Glasgow, but was resident in Stornoway just before the war and worked for some time with Messrs Kenneth Maclennan, Ltd, North Beach Street. He was serving in the RAF as a wireless operator air-gunner. Much sympathy is extended to his sorrowing mother.

Two Uig lads

Stornoway Gazette, 18 December 1942
It was with deep regret the community learned that two West Uig lads have lost their lives on HMS Avenger. They are Neil Buchanan, son of Malcolm Buchanan, 11 Breanish, and Malcolm Mackay, son of the late Alexander Mackay, 24 Valtos. Buchanan has a brother serving with the Army. Mackay's father gave his life in the last war.

Colin Gunn, Knockaird

Stornoway Gazette, 18 December 1942
We regret to state that news has been received that Colin Gunn, son of the late Mr and Mrs Gunn, Knockaird, Port of Ness, was killed in action sometime in July in the Middle East. Colin, like most other Lewismen, had the spirit of the pioneer in his veins. He emigrated to Australia some years ago, but, on the outbreak of war, he joined up with the Australians and was sent to the Middle East. Colin was 1942 years of age. He was one of those stalwart, quiet heroes of whom Ness should be proud. He was well liked by everybody who knew him. He lost two brothers in the last war. There are two brothers and two sisters at home. One of the brothers now at some saw service in the last war with the Seaforth Highlanders. We deeply sympathise with the family in their loss.

Alexander Morrison, Grimshader

Stornoway Gazette, 11 December 1942
It is with deep regret we announce the death of Seaman Alexander Morrison through enemy action early in November. Alexander, who was only 22 years of age, was the eldest son of the late Mr Alexander Morrison and Mrs Morrison of New Holdings, Grimshader. A more devoted son than he could not be found anywhere. He shouldered his responsibilities with a manliness rare in one so young. He was of a very jovial disposition and a pleasing and attractive manner. He was most popular in his native village and he will be very much missed. As a naval reservist, he was called up at the outbreak of war and he was in North African waters when he made the supreme sacrifice. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to his widowed mother, his only sister and his three brothers, two of whom are also serving in the Royal Navy.

Neil Maciver, Laxdale

Stornoway Gazette, 11 December 1942
We regret to announce the death of a young Canadian pilot, Neil Maciver RCAF, who has been killed in action. Both his parents come from Lewis, his father from Laxdale, and his mother from Habost, Ness. Pilot Maciver was in Ness on leave a short time ago, visiting the old home of his parents. His home town is Calgary, Alberta, where his parents still live. He has a younger brother also in the Canadian Air Force, Pilot Norman Maciver. There were just the two sons in the family. Their father served in the last war and saw service in France as a piper with the 10th Calgary Highlanders of Canada. Mr and Mrs Norman Maciver paid a visit to Ness a few years ago,when Mr Maciver crossed to France, with some other war veterans for the unveiling of the memorial to the Canadians who fell in the last war. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Mr and Mrs Maciver in their great loss.

John Macleod, Vatisker

Stornoway Gazette, 11 December 1942
Miss Catherine Macleod, Lighthill, Vatisker, has received a letter from Alfred Holt and Co., shipowners, Liverpool, stating that her brother, John, has died in hospital in Karachi. Miss Macleod received news a few days earlier that he had been admitted to hospital, seriously ill. The deceased, who was 37 years of age, was a son of the late Mr and Mrs William Macleod. He sailed in the Merchant Service in peace and throughout the present war.

Farquhar Macdonald, Kendibig

Stornoway Gazette, 4 December 1942
We regret to announce that Mr Donald Macdonald (Alistair), Kendebeg, Harris, has been officially informed that his son, AB Farquhar Macdonald, has been accidentally killed at a colonial port. Farquhar was many years at sea, and during the present war escaped from quite a few tight corners. From his youth up, he led a usefuland active life. He was 37 years of age and the news of his death has come as a great shock to his parents and relatives and much sympathy is felt for them in the district.

Donald Maciver, Laxay

Stornoway Gazette, 27 November 1942
It has come as a shock to the innumerable friends of the late Lieut. Donald Maciver to learn that he has paid the supreme sacrifice in the Battle of Egypt.
Donald, as he was affectionately known, was loved by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance, and his many friends in Aberdeen, where he was widely known in connection with the sporting activities of his regiment "The Camerons" will mourn the loss of a "real sport and a gentleman".
His many relations and friends in the Isle of Lewis (his father comes from Laxay, Lochs), will mourn the passing of a boy they knew and loved and for whom he so gladly gave his life.

Too good to live
But oh, so young to die

Malcolm Macleod, 11 Garenin

Stornoway Gazette, 27 November 1942
Official notification was received on 21st November by Mrs Catherine Macleod, 11 Garenin, that her youngest son, L/Cpl Malcolm Macleod, a piper in the Seaforth Highlanders, was killed in action in early November. Deepest regret is felt at the news of Malcolm's death, and we sincerely sympathise with the mother, his two sisters and two brothers, one of whom is in the Merchant Navy, and the other in the USA. We presume Callum fell while the 51st Division was breaking through the enemy's position near El-Alamein. From a press report of that gallant achievement, we quote:
"In broad daylight, against a fortress surrounded by minefields, dotted with pill-boxes and occupying a commanding height, the Seaforths, supported by tanks, attacked and overcame another position, after a previous attempt had failed. The casualties were heavy, but the spirit of the Seaforths was indomitable. Again the pipers were in the forefront and two of them fell in the fighting". And from another press account which may refer to the same incident. "Our lads put up a terrific show, but it was too big a job ---- But my messages had got through and an officer came along to tell me that the Seaforths, with tanks, were to attack the enemy posts ---- We could see the Seaforths coming, it was a grand show, and when the tanks came over, the white flag appeared from all the posts, and we could see the Italians coming out with their hands up."

Donald Maciver, 2 Newvalley

Stornoway Gazette, 27 November 1942
In October, Donald Maciver, son of Mr and Mrs Maciver, 2 New Valley, Laxdale, was reported missing. His death has since been confirmed. The body was found at Kilmory Bay, Isle of Rhum, and buried there by the civil authorities.

Only 20 years of age, Donald was a student in Arts at Glasgow University. He joined the Navy for the duration and served for some time on a well-known cruiser.
He was a fine, cheerful and upright young man of good promise, exceedingly well liked, and is much missed in the district. Much sympathy is felt for the sorrowing parents and family.

Transcriber’s note: A CWGC stone for this casualty is erected at Sandwick Cemetery

Roderick Morrison, Scalpay

Stornoway Gazette, 20 November 1942
We regret to announce that Mr Malcolm Morrison, Laggandoun, Scalpay, has received intimation from the Records Office that his son, Pte Roderick Morrison, Gordon Highlanders, has been killed in action in the recent fighting in Egypt. Pte Morrison was just a little over 20 years of age at his death. He was favourably regarded by all who knew him and his death is much regretted by all at Scalpay. Much sympathy is felt for the parents.

John Buchanan, Laxdale

Stornoway Gazette, 20 November 1942
We regret to announce that Pte John Buchanan, Cameron Highlanders, eldest son of Mrs Buchanan, Bakers Road, Laxdale, has been killed in action in Egypt. His uncle, John Mackenzie, Benside, was wounded in the same action. John, who had not attained his 21st birthday, was employed for a time after leaving school by Macpherson & Co, and later he was a carder with James Macdonald Ltd. A fine, cheerful, mannerly boy, he was a prime favourite with everybody and will be badly missed in the district. A promising young life has been cut off. He had a first rate intelligence, was careful and methodical in all his work. Much sympathy is felt for his mother and the other members of the family, and especially for his brother who is serving in the HLI.

Atholl Maclean, Stornoway

Stornoway Gazette, 20 November 1942
Many people will learn with regret that Lieut. Atholl Macleod, RA, has died of wounds in the Middle East, at the age of 22. Lieut Maclean was the elder son of Mr and Mrs HH Maclean, Myora, Maggie Wood's Loan, Falkirk. Mr Maclean is head postmaster at Falkirk and was previously head postmaster at Oban and at Stornoway. Although Atholl was only a youngster when his family left Stornoway, he was well-known in the town. His well-built frame; his open smiling face; his frank and maly bearing, marked him out among the others passing to and fro from the school as a lad of strong and attractive personality. He won a place in the School 1st XI, at an unusually early age, and, although a mere stripling, matched against mature players, he held his own by his skill and dash. That is how many in Stornoway will remember Atholl Maclean; and they can well believe that he acquitted himself with the same courage,skill and enthusiasm in the sterner field where he met his death.

Neil Angus Macaulay, 6 Guershader

Stornoway Gazette, 20 November 1942
Second Engineer Neil Angus Macaulay, 6 Guershader, who is reported lost at sea, took part in the evacuation of Greece and Crete. He was the second son of Mrs and the late Constable George Macaulay.

Washed up on Benbecula

Stornoway Gazette, 13 November 1942
While Mr Angus Macphee, Uachdar [Benbecula] was searching the shore on Thursday, he came upon the body of a man. The body appeared to have been in the water for some time. It bore no marks to establish its identity, nationality or profession. The remains were buried in the local cemetery on Saturday. Quite a few unknown warriors from the deep washed ashore in former years, already lie buried in this little cemetery at Nunton.

Alex M Macleod, 53 Kenneth Street

Stornoway Gazette, 23 October 1942
In September 1942, Alex M Macleod (Tom) son of the late Mr and Mrs Murdo Macleod, 53 Kenneth Street, was killed by an explosion when the ship on which he was fireman was sunk by enemy action. His brother, Alexander Macleod, was lost at sea in March 1940, when the trawler on which he was chief engineer, disappeared without trace, presumably as a result of enemy action. Both of them served in the Great War.

Norman Angus Mackenzie, Flesherin

Stornoway Gazette, 2 October 1942
Miss Chrissie Matheson, Flesherin, Portnaguran, has received official intimation that her nephew, sergeant pilot Norman Angus Mackenzie, of the Royal Canadian Air Force, has lost his life in action. Norman, who was aged 27, was the only son of Mr and Mrs John Mackenzie (nee Mary matheson), of 704 Arlington Street, Winnipeg and late of Flesherin, Portnaguran. The family emigrated to Canada when Norman was 8 years old, taking up residence in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At the outbreak of present hostilities, he was on the Canadiian Metropolitan Force, but volunteered for service and enlisted in the Canadian Air Force. He came over to this country in October 1941, and took advantage of his leave to visit relatives at Flesherin the following April. He had gone back again for a second leave a few weeks before his death. Those whose affections he had gained as a lad found in the young man sterling qualities to admire and esteem. Popular with old and young, he made friends wherever he went. Everywhere deep grief is felt at the gragedy and poignancy of his early death, and the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community is extended to his bereaved parents and his three sisters at Winnipeg, and to all his relatives at Flesherin.

Stornoway Gazette, 16 October 1942
Fighting to the last to bring his plane safely to land, Sergeant Pilot Norman Angus Mackenzie, of the Royal Canadian Air Force, a native of Flesherin, Lewis, was found amid the wreckage still at the controls. Three of his companions baled outsafely. They were engaged on an operational flight to enemy territory when the plane was lost.
Norman, who was aged 27, was the only son of Mr and Mrs John Mackenzie, 704 Arlington Street, Winnipeg, and late of Flesherin, Portnaguran.
In a letter to Norman's parents, his Wing Commander writes:
"The body of Norman was found at the controls of the aircraft. It is quite obvious that he was fighting to the last to bring the aircraft down safely. It is one of the most superb actions of heroism of which I know. To die like this, doing his duty to the very last, is given to but few of us and yet it is the hope of all of us here that, if we have to go, we will go in the same manner as your boy.
Your son had been on five operations and had 25.50 operational hours to his credit. Norman was an outstanding lad in his squadron. I can say this honestly and sincerely and he is greatly missed by us all."
Norman was buried with military honours in a Yorkshire cemetery beside two of his comrades who lost their lives in the same operation.
"I am fortunate in having a photograph of Norman and his crew taken earlier in the day on which they took off. I am enclosing it herewith", writes the Wing Commander. "It can be seen what a good looking bunch of lads were this crew. You can understand how deeply they are missed by this squadron".
The crew were evidently very much attached to each other. Expressing his deep regret that it was impossible to send the remains to Lewis to be buried from his aunt's home, the Wing Commander adds that one of his companions was a Jewish lad of good family and his relatives requested that he should be buried with his comrades, although this entailed burial on Saturday, which is contrary to Jewish religious beliefs. "We were all sincerely affected by their generous gesture. It is typical of the outlook of people in this country generally", concluded the letter, which expressed the sincere sympathy of the officers and members of the Squadron.

John Bruce Macleod, 63 Cromwell Street

Stornoway Gazette, 2 October 1942
Pilot Officer John Bruce Macleod, RAFVR, reported missing in December 1941, is now assumed to have been killed on active service. Pilot Officer Macleod, who was aged 20, was the only son of Dr and Mrs John Farquhar Macleod, Eastleigh, Peterculter, Aberdeenshire, and grandson of the late Mr John Macleod, baker, Stornoway

Alasdair Mackay, Marybank

Stornoway Gazette, 25 September 1942
The funeral took place to Sandwick Cemetery on Friday 18 September of Sergeant Alasdair Mackay, RAF, son of Mr A. Mackay, Creed Bungalow, Stornoway. Sergeant Mackay was reported missing on service with the RAF some weeks in June, and his body was recovered from the sea on 14 September.
At the request of the relatives, the body was brought to Lewis for interment. It lay overnight in the Free Church where the funeral service was held on Friday by Rev. Kenneth Macrae, MA. The funeral was attended by three members of his squadron who travelled to Lewis specially and was conducted with military honours, a representative party of the RAF personnel being present.
Alasdair, who was a very popular lad in Stornoway, and well spoken of, had won the confidence of his officers in the Royal Air Force as well. His Squadron Leader, writing to Mr Mackay, states that he had chosen Alasdair to be his observer, and felt they could have done great things together. "I chose him because from the very start I was so impressed by his unfailing good humour and his boundless energy in getting to know his job thoroughly.I had the greatest confidence in him and I think he was happy with me. He is being very much missed by the officers and men of this squadron and I send you my deepest personal sympathy".
In addition to his father, step-mother and step-sister, Alasdair leaves two brothers: George, who has been discharged from the army on medical grounds, and Kenneth, who is a prisoner of war in Germany.

John Murdo Macleod, 8 Upper Coll

Stornoway Gazette, 25 September 1942
It has now been established that John Murdo, third son of Mr and Mrs Alexander Macleod, 8 Upper Coll, has been lost at sea. John Murdo, who was aged 26 years, was home twice on survivors' leave, two of the ships on which he was serving having been torpedoed. He was a quartermaster in the Merchant Navy and was a passenger on an eastward bound vessel going to join a ship when the vessel was sunk. He was a promising young seaman and very popular with all who knew him. The sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved family in the loss of a dutiful son.

Donald Campbell, 30 Keith Street, Stornoway

Stornoway Gazette, 25 September 1942
His many friends throughout the island will be sorry to learn that Stoker Donald Campbell, Royal Australian Navy, is reported lost at sea. This sad news has been received by his mother, Mrs Campbell, 30 Keith Street, Stornoway. Donald emigrated to Australia 21 years ago, at the early age of 18, and shortly afterwards joined the Australian Navy, in which he earned the long service medal. At the call of duty he came over to this country two years ago and spent some short periods of leave in his native Lewis, where he met and called upon many old friends. His own home was in Melbourne, Australia, where he leaves a widow and one daughter. To them and to his mother, sisters and only brother, now serving in the Merchant Navy, our heartfelt sympathy goes out in their great loss.

Donald Macfarlane, Melbost

Stornoway Gazette, 11 September 1942
The wise old Chinese proverb says: "In peace sons bury their fathers, in war, fathers bury their sons". This is as strue today as in the past, except that the extension of the modern battlefield to the bowels fo the deep and the clouds of the sky makes it less likely that fathers shall have even the consolation of burying their sons. We regret to have to add another young Lewisman's name to the list of those who have made the supreme sacrifice, Sergeant Pilot Donald Macfarlane, formerly of Winnipeg, Canada, and late of Glasgow. Sergeant Pilot Macfarlane was the son of Mr Murdo Macfarlane, formerly of 18 Melbost, and the late Mrs Macfarlane of Swainbost, Ness. He was reported missing in April. Hope which at its best only flickered gradually faded away with the passing of weeks, which brought no news of his safety, until finally official intimation was received of his death. Donald was 24 years of age and joined the RAF at the end of 1940. His quick promotion did not surprise those who knew him and, had he been spared, no doubt further promotion would not have been far off. Hving seen him growing up, one can hardly realise that these schoolboys of yesterday are the heroes of today. It seems so short a time since they were trudging to school, so innocent, so unaware that the finger of fat was, as it were, marking them down as victims of the next European slaughter. To know Donald was to like him. His ways were as straight as his six feet athletic figure. He had been married only three months. Now he lies buried in Cologne, while our bombers roar and soar over his grave to avenge his death. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to his sorrowing young widow, his father, brothers and sisters.

'Tis a far cry from the prairie
Where the coyotes howl so eerie
To grey steepled old Cologne
Where they buried you, dear Don

Murdo Mackay, 36 Eoropie

Stornoway Gazette, 11 September 1942
A deep sense of sorrow and gloom was cast over the district when it became known that Murdo, second son of the late John Mackay and Mrs Mackay, 36 Eoropie, had passed away at a naval hospital, on 17th August. Murdo had been serving on a merchant vessel when war broke out and remained in foreign ports until the summer of this year, when he spent a well-earned leave at home. He seemed to be in his usual high spirits, pleasant, ever-ready with his wit, and never disclosing the least sign of pain or ill-health. When some weeks later, on the 16th August, news was received that he was critically ill, deep concern was felt by all who knew him. Two days later all hopes for better news were dashed to the ground when it became known that he had passed away. Much sympathy is felt for his young widow and small boy, his mother, sister and brothers on active service and in New Zealand. The remains were interred in Habost Cemetery, and his brother Donald, who was given a few days' leave from his unit in England, was able to attend.

Roy Mackenzie Knight, 31 Anderson Road, Stornoway

Stornoway Gazette, 31 July 1942
Many friends in Stornoway will learn with regret that Roy Mackenzie Knight, son of Captain and Mrs Knight, London, and nephew of Mr Mackenzie, 31 Anderson Road, who was reported missing after the sinking of HMS Cornwall, is now known to have died at his post.
He held a commission in the army, but was transferred to the Navy as an ordinary seaman at his own request.
One of his officers on the Cornwall writes: "All the time he seemed to be bright and happy and enjoyed treating the inconveniences of lower deck life with humour and patience." That bright and happy outlook on life won him many friends during the holiday he spent in Stornoway, and their sympathy is now extended to his parents and family in their loss.

Kenneth Daniel Maciver, 26 Leurbost

Stornoway Gazette, 17 July 1942
News was received recently by Mr and Mrs Alex Maciver, 26 Leurbost, that their elder son, Kenneth Daniel Maciver, Merchant Navy, aged 20, had died from pneumonia following shock. Kenneth, who was educated at Leurbost, joined the Merchant Navy last February. Before going to sea he was a weaver. He is survived by his father and mother, a sister and a younger brother.

Kenneth Macleod, 46 Vatisker

Stornoway Gazette, 17 July 1942
We deeply regret to record the death of Sergt Kenneth Macleod, 1st Batt Seaforth Highlanders, which occurred at Inverness.The deceased, who was aged 37 years, served with his regiment for 19 years. He married Mary Ann, fourth daughter of Mr and Mrs Donald Macrae, 46 Vatisker, about 12 years ago, in Glasgow. Thereafter he was instructor at Ullapool and Dover. Later he was for various periods on foregin service - in Palestine, Egypt, Hongkong and Shanghai. Sergt Macleod was the second son of Mr John Macleod, 3 Marvig, Lochs. His remains were brought to 46 Vatisker and on the following day the funeral took place to Gravir Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, one daughter and two sons.

Two Ness lads

Stornoway Gazette, 10 July 1942
The grim reality of war was harshly brought home to two families in Ness when on Tuesday, 16 June, word was officially received from the Admiralty that John Macdonald, elder son of the late Donald Macdonald and Mrs Macdonald, 1 Upper Adabrock and Angus Macdonald, younger son of Mr and Mrs Angus Macdonald, 3 Lionel, had been taken from among us in the prime of their youth. These two lads were serving in foreign waters. Appropriate words refuse to form when we endeavour to express our sympathy for the grief-stricken families, and the sorrow and depression felt by their many friends from far and near. Is it true that we shall enver again laughingly joke with Iain Lochan, that we shall no longer listen to his wit and hear his hearty laugh? John was only 27 years of age, and before joining the Royal Naval Reserve at the commencement of this mighty struggle, he had been working in one of the shipbuilding yards in Glasgow. He was shrewd and diligent as can be seen from the improvement in his croft and home. John was most obliging to his neighbours, and his helping hand will be missed at all seasons of the year. He was most dutiful and considerate to his widowed mother and only sister, and to them, and his brother at Stornoway, our heartfelt sympathy is extended in their irreparable loss.

Donald John Mackay, Quidinish

Stornoway Gazette, 3 July 1942
Much sympathy is felt for Mr Malcolm Mackay, Quidinish, in his sad bereavement, occasioned by the death of his son, seaman Donald John Mackay, aged 25 years. Donald died at the Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow, on 3rd June, from injuries received in an accident. Some time ago he was one of the survivors from a vessel lost in foul weather off the Irish coast. He was at home on sick leave after that incident and on returning to Glasgow was retained ashore to work for a time with a shore party. On the day of the accident he and a mate were standing on a ship's gangway when the vessel gave an outward lurch. The gangway with its two occupants fell into the water. Unfortunately, Donald John was struck by the gangway and received internal injuries. His remains were brought home for burial. Mr Mackay (his father) had four sons serving with the merchant navy. One of them is a prisoner of war in Germany, while two are still serving - one is third officer on a large vessel. Donald John was a quiet and likeable young man who was much esteemed by those who knew him. His death came as a shock to the people of Quidinish and district and sincere sympathy is felt for the relatives.

John Campbell, 13 Melbost Borve

Stornoway Gazette, 26 June 1942
From a friend, who is also on service, comes this tribute:
"The peaceful happiness which reigned in the tiny village of Melbost, Galson, has again been broken by the tragic news of the death on active service of John, eldest son of Finlay Campbell, 13 Melbost. The news brought deepest sorrow to an extremely large circle of relatives and friends on active service as well as to his many acquaintances at home. On attaining the age of 18, he enlisted in the RNR and teh following year he was amongst those who so readily rallied to their country's aid. As the vessel to which he was drafted operated from a foreign station since the outbreak of war, he never had the pleasure of a spell of leave with his family at home. Regardless of his youthful appearance, his natural intelligence won for him a position above the average individual at his age. He was highly respected by all with whom he came in contact, and he was one of the most popular boys in the district. To see him walking the street, his physical fitness would give one good reason to say that he was a fine specimen of the youth of Lewis. It is indeed a sad thought that we shall not see his cheerful face again, but we have one consolation in knowing that he made the supreme sacrifice for a cause that is just and honourable. To his bereaved father, mother and brothers, we extend our heartfelt sympathy in their great loss.

Stornoway Gazette, 24 July 1942
It was with profound sorrow the community learned the sad news of the death of seaman John Campbell, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Finlay Campbell, 13 Melbost, Galson, at the early age of 21 years. John was killed in action on board one of our vessels sunk on Far Eastern waters. He had served in foreign waters since he was called up on the declaration of war and was never home on leave. It is not easy to reconcile ourselves to the fate that robs us of the playmaters of our childhood and the companions of our youth. It is natural that in our grief we yearn for those other days when we were all together in happy harmony. To us it seems incredible that one so young and strong should have been called from amongst us into the great unknown, but his image will linger in our hearts, and his name we shall not forget. He was much respected and loved throughout the district, which he graced with never-failing cheerfulness. His quiet dignity and upright character won the esteem of old and young who knew him. To his parents he was ever a dutiful son and never failed to support them when away from home. The whole village, and friends at home and abroad, extend their heartfelt sympathy to his sorrowing parents and brothers in their very sore trial.

John M Macleod, 7 Upper Garrabost

Stornoway Gazette, 19 June 1942
It is with deep regret that we record the death of John M Macleod of 7 Upper Garrabost, better known in this district and to his many friends elsewhere as "Layan". Coming home from the Merchant Service shortly after the outbreak of hositilities, he immediately answered his country's call for, like his two brothers, Hugh and Donald, he was a member of the Royal Naval Reserve. "Layan" was well known in the district for his good humour and ready wit. No party could ever be dull when he was present. At work as well as at play, he treated life lightly and looked on the brighter side, indeed his witty chatter and his merry laugh would help to lighten any burden. His personality endeared him to his intimate friends, and his easy affable manner continually enlarged his circle of acquaintances. The news of his death cast a gloom over the community. To his sorrowing family we extend our heartfelt sympathy. In the course of his service, "Layan" was drafted to HMS Lively, and in this ship he saw active service in the Mediterranean. Some weeks ago, during an air attack south of Crete, int eh area of sea well known to the Mediterranean Fleet as "Bomb Alley", HMS Lively was sunk, and "Layan", following the path of duty, disappeared from the sight of men. He had reached the age of 27 years. We shall miss his company, but we will remember his name.

Nicol Murray, 1 New Shawbost

Stornoway Gazette, 19 June 1942
The village of Shawbost was shock on Sunday 7th June, when it was learned that Murdo Murray, 1 New Shawbost, had received official intimation that his son, Pte Nicol Murray, had lost his life through drowning on the 6th June, at his station somewhere in England. Nicol, who was 22 years of age, was called up to the RAOC in the early spring of 1941, but, owing to weak eyesight, he was later transferred to the Pioneer Corps. It is just four weeks ago that we had the pleasure of his company, home on spring leave. Being of a genial disposition, his radiant smile and ever ready wit made him a general favourite in the village. On Tuesday 9th June, his remains, accompanied by his brother Murdo, who is in the Navy, arrived home by the mailboat and the esteem in which the deceased was held locally was testified to the following morning by the very large concourse at the funeral.
Nicol was the fourth of five sons - Murdo is on an armed tralwer and although shipwrecked twice since war broke out, he experienced not hurt. Neil was shipwrecked too, but suffered no ill effects. Donald was wounded and taken prisoner in the sinking of HMS Vandyck, off the coast of Norway in June 1940. Angus, the youngest, has been called to his medical examination for Military Service. He is meantime in the Home Guard. Their father served four years in the Navy in the last war. To them all, and to his aunt, who has attended to them with motherly love for the past eighteen and a half years, we extend our deepest sympathy in the irreparable loss of a most dutiful son and brother.

Two Leurbost lads

Stornoway Gazette, 19 June 1942
It would seem that much truth attaches to the saying that misfortune never comes singly. It was only a few eeks ago that we had bad news of some of the village lads on active service. Kenneth Mackinnon, wounded on the Dorsetshire, Donald Macdonald missing on the Prince of Wales, Donald Nicolson, drowned at sea. And now two more have made the supreme sacrifice - Donald John Macleod and Kenneth Maciver of 43 and 26 Leurbost, respectively. Donald John, who was only 19, went to Glasgow about a year ago to take up work under a training scheme with an engineering firm. No one at home was very surprised when, after a few weeks, he threw up his job and joined the Merchant Navy. Exchanging a "safe" ashore job for the hazards of life at sea was characteristic of him. In taking this step, he showed the usual high-spirited daring and utter disregard for the dangers he would have to face. But, alas, the Nazi torpedoes found their mark, the eyes from which the mischevious glint of laughter could never be entirely absent are closed; the voice that could mimic with such amusing and pleasant "malice" is silent for ever.
The inner compulsion which urges so many Lewis lads to take up a seafaring career was also felt by Kenneth Maciver and he joined the Merchant Navy over a year ago when he was only 19. When his ship was torpedoed he was in the water for many hours. As a result of shock and exposure he contracted pneumonia, from which he did not recover. Kenneth was, on the surface, of a quiet and placid disposition, but beneath this he had a very lively sense of humour and a delight in participating in the escapades of high-spirited youth. To the two bereaved families, we can only offer our sympathy to console them in their loss. Let us hope that their grief will be eased by the realisation that the sacrifice was not in vain.

Alexander Graham, Newmarket

Stornoway Gazette, 12 June 1942
The whole community learned with regret that Mrs Angus Graham, New Market, had received news that her son, Alexander Graham, has been killed on active service. Alex, who was in his early twenties, was on service with the Seaforth Highlanders. Before the war he worked in one of the Stornoway mills. His brother, Angus, is serving in the Navy.

William Lee, Upper Garrabost

Stornoway Gazette, 12 June 1942
With widespread it was learned that Mr and Mrs Lee, Upper Garrabost, were recently informed that their son William was posted missing, presumed killed on active service. Willie Lee joined his ship with other reservists at the very outbreak of hostilities, and was at sea ever since. Latterly he was serving in foreign waters and one of his last messages home was an account of a happy meeting abroad with an elder brother whom he had not seen since he himself was a little child. Willie was a general favourite in the village. No one ever spoke ill of him, all had a warm place in their hearts for him, for he was always kind, helpful and considerate. How he will be missed by his old pals when they come back!

Norman Kenneth Macleod, Leachkin

Stornoway Gazette, 29 May 1942
Flight sergeant Norman Kenneth Macleod son of Mr and Mrs Malcolm Macleod, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and grandson of the late Mr and Mrs Norman Macleod, Leachkin House, Tarbert, Harris, who was killed in action last April.

Two Ness lads

Stornoway Gazette, 29 May 1942
Once again, the grim cruelty of war has been brought home to two bereaved families in Ness. When news was given over the wireless of the Eastern Mediterranean battle in which our three destroyers, "Jackal", "Kipling" and "Lively" were sunk, there was much concern for the safety of two of our lads - Murdo Mackay, 11 Eoropie and Alexander Smith, 9 Port of Ness. The much dreaded information "Missing presumed killed" was received within three days, dashing to the ground the slender hopes which still lingered in the hearts of those who were in suspense.
Murdo was the youngest son of the late Mr Angus Mackay and of Mrs Mackay, 11 Eoropie. He had been in the Royal Naval Reserve since the outbreak of hostilities. For the past 12 months he had served on HMS Kipling in foreign waters and his sufferings and hardships sustained during that time will never be fully unfolded. Murdo, who was only 29 years of age, was of a quiet, gentle disposition, but his cheerful, ever-pleasant outward appearance made him one of the most popular youths of the district. To his widowed mother he was always dutiful and most unselfish in his consideration for her. Sincere sympathy is extended to her, to his two sisters, his brothers in Stornoway and in the RAF and his aunt, who was devoted to him, in their very sore bereavement.

It is with a great effort we make ourselves realise that we shall never see the ever-pleasant smile on Alasdair Iain Allan's face, or listen to his witty remarks. Alasdair was quiet and unassuming, but to his near acquaintances he endeared himself by his ardent spirit, and his daring and adventurous disposition. Previous to joining the Royal Naval Reserve, when war broke out, he had travelled to many parts in the Merchant Navy and had spent some years driving a bus at home. For the last few months he had been serving on HMS Lively, where he met his death at the early age of 29 years. He is the fourth of six sons, all of whom are on active service - Norman, in the Merchant Navy; Angus, Allan and Murdo in the Royal Naval Reserve; and John in the RASC. To them and to his bereaved widowed mother and his two sisters, we offer our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of a devoted and dutiful son and brother.

John Mackay, 12 South Bragar

Stornoway Gazette, 22 May 1942
The news has been received by Donald Mackay of 12 South Bragar that his son John is reported missing, and believed to have been drowned. John, who was 29 years of age, was the youngest of three brothers on active service with the Navy and has been away for over a year now. Until he was called up he was employed at home as a weaver. He was of a genial disposition and his quiet unassuming manner earned him many friends. These he invariably entertained with that natural turn of wit which was peculiar to him. Little did we think this was to be the first news we were to hear of the happy carefree youth, popularly known as "Wallace" who left us such a short time ago before he was drafted into foreign service. His many friends at home and among the Forces will cherish the memory of their associations with him and young and old alike will treasure theirs. We extend our deepest sympathy to his aged father, his brothers on service and his sisters at home and elsewhere.

John Macleod, Cromore

Stornoway Gazette, 15 May 1942
John Macleod, of Caros, Cromore, who had been resident in Canada for a number of years, was on his way to join the British forces, when he fell ill and was taken to hospital in Halifax, where he died.

Donald Nicholson, 26 Leurbost

Stornoway Gazette, 8 May 1942
You could say it was the first real spring day to touch our northern isles. The sun shone warmly from a cloudless sky and the larks formed an invisible, all-pervading choir. One felt as if some part of one's being, which had lain dormant through the dreary winter, had suddenly sprung to life again. How, one asked oneself, on this lovely spring morning, could anything exist save beauty and gladness and mirth?
The news of the death of Donald Nicholson exploded in our midst, shattering our fine illusions to leave us stunned and bewildered. News, especially bad news, travels with amazing rapidity through a village, like telepathy almost. One noticed suddenly that there was nobody on the crofts, that the glad sounds of the villagers at their spring work had died away. Only the birds sang on.
Donald Nicholson (Doddie, as we called him) was not yet 22 years of age when he was lost at sea. His many friends will grieve at his passing and sympathise with his father and mother, brother and sisters, in the loss of one who was so much esteemed. In an island where lads of good physique are the rul rather than the exception, one would still look twice at his broad shoulders and well moulded body. We shall miss him for his infectious chuckle, his loyalty, his modesty. We shall miss a footballer who was one of the finest natural players in the island.
The big cities may show their scars; our little village too has had its wounds though they may not be visible from without. Alex Morrison, John D. Macleod, Danny, Rodigean and now Dodda; none of you will ever come back. Brave lads, washed by the waters of distant seas, shall halting prose be your only requiem? How frail is even the lusty exuberance of youth in the grip of forces which poor humanity has unleashed on itself. May your supreme sacrifice not be forgotten and our present pain be the birth pangs of a brave new world.

Angus Mackenzie, 4 Fivepenny

Stornoway Gazette, 1 May 1942
Ness has suffered another sad blow in the loss of yet another young life. The news of the death of his second son, Angus, has been received by John Mackenzie, 4 Fivepenny. Angus was serving on one of HM ships and although he was only 22 years of age, he had been in the Royal Naval Reserve since the outbreak of hostilities. The only details so far available are that his remains have been laid to rest in English soil. When we recall our memories of Angus, we shall think of a quiet, obliging, good-natured young man, and those who are left to mourn him silently forever know that they have lost a dutiful son and brother. With them: his parents, brother in the Navy, brother and sisters at home and in Glasgow, we truly sympathise, and may the Author of all lighten their very heavy burden.

Stornoway Gazette, 29 May 1942
The cruelty of war was for the first time suddenly brought home to our small village when news was received of the death of Seaman Angus Mackenzie, 4 Fivepenny, Ness. "Aonghais Homily" as he was intimately known, to his many friends in Fivepenny, and all over the district, was a naval reservist at the beginning of hostilities and ploughed the high seas since then. He did pay us a few short visits during that time and although those who saw him on his last leave could see that his carefree attitude to life had given place to a more serious outlook. We could not but admire his optimism, which always saw the rays of sunshine behind the darkest cloud. Heavy though we may feel the death of one of our contemporaries we will hold dear bygone days with him. He was just 22 years of age and a more dutiful son and brother no family could boast of. His remains are interred at an English port, where his brother John was present at the funeral, which was largely attended, although none of our own local boys were there. The coffin had six wreaths from officers and men of the Navy. Angus was worthy of all respect - we cannot extol sufficiently his merits: his integrity and pleasant disposition earned for him the esteem of all with whom he came in contact. A steadfast friend, he will be greatly missed in the village and also in Port, where he spent so many winter nights and never forgot to visit when home on his short leaves. His many pals are scattered all over the world, and we all know that if it is they come home safe from the present conflict, they will miss the link which has been so cruelly snapped from the chain of friends. To his grief stricken parents, sisters and brothers at home, his sisters in Glasgow and brother John on active service, we extend our heartfelt sympathy in their very sore and sad bereavement.

Roderick Macleod, Scalpay

Stornoway Gazette, 1 May 1942
It was with deep regret that his numerous friends in all parts of Scalpay learned that Seaman Roderick Macleod (Roddy Ian Mhurachaidh) of 33 Cnoc Ard, had lost his life at the early age of 35. Roddy was attached to the Merchant Service. He went to sea at an early age and earned for himself a good reputation with various shipping companies as a capable and efficient seaman. In the island of Scalpay he was highly respected by old and young, for he possessed outstanding qualities, which enabled him to establish friendship with everyone, especially among the younger generation. His loss has indeed left a blank but he will remain in our memory for ever. Our deepest sympathy is extended to his sorrowing brother and sisters, who are left to mourn the loss of a devoted brother.

Angus Macdonald, 13 Tobson

Stornoway Gazette, 24 April 1942
Mrs Norman Macdonald, 14 Hacklete, Bernera, has been officially notified that her only brother, Angus (Aonghais Beag Dhomhnuill Ruaidh), 13 Tobson, Bernera, is missing, presumed killed on war service. Aged 29 years, Angus was the only son of the late Mr and Mrs Macdonald, 13 Tobson. His father also made the supreme sacrifice in the last war, losing his life when the Iolaire was sunk. Angus was attached to the Northern Patrol and served on one of HM trawlers for a time, but was later drafted on foreign service. The deep sympathy of all is extended to Mrs Macdonald in her hours of sorrow and anxiety.

Stornoway Gazette, 19 June 1942
It was with sorrow and deep regret that his many friends learned that Angus Macdonald, Seaman RNR (Aonghais Beag Dhomhnuill Ruaidh), 13 Tobson, Bernera, was missing, presumed lost through enemy action. Angus, who was 29 years of age, was the only son of the late Mr and Mrs Donald Macdonald, 13 Tobson. His father lost his life when the "Iolaire" sank off Holm. Called up in October 1941, Angus joined the Patrol Service and until March of this year served in one of HM Trawlers on the Northern Patrol. Since then there has been no news of him except the official news received that he was missing and must be considered lost. Aonghais Beag was a popular young lad, loved and respected by all. He shall be greatly missed in the circle of friends where, before the war, he played so prominent a part. To his only sister, Mrs Norman Macdonald, 14 Hacklete, Bernera, and to his near relatiions, the sympathy of all goes out in full measure in their anxiety and sorrow.

Norman Mackay, Geocrab

Stornoway Gazette, 24 April 1942
The village of Geocrab has suffered yet another loss in the death of Seaman Norman Mackay, in hospital, from wounds received through enemy action. Norman was the first from the village to obey the country's call; he volunteered for active service immediately at the outbreak of hostilities . After two and a half year's service without mishap, his death comes as a sad blow to his friends at home and on active service. He was 22 years of age, very popular at home and much respected by both officers and men of his ship's crew. The village and friends at home and abroad extend much heartfelt sympathy to his sorrowing widowed mother and family.

Alexander Macdonald, 52 North Galson

Stornoway Gazette, 17 April 1942
The sad news, recently received, that Leading Seaman Alexander Macdonald, 52 North Galson, had made the supreme sacrifice, cast a deep gloom over the whole community. A young man of charming disposition, and possessing in rich measure many noble qualities, he was held in high esteem not only by those of us who associated with him at home, but, also by those among whom and under whom he served. Writing to his mother, the skipper of the boat on which he served said: "Apart from being the best sailor I had on board, he was one fo the most popular".
He was a keep sportsman and athlete of distinction. On the field of play, his generous and noble conduct marked him as an outstanding personality, and he was at once an inspiration and an example to those who aimed at cultivating these high virtues which alone can make success or defeat into a thing of beauty.
Truly his memory will be revered by all who had the good fortune to know him; and deeply though we mourn his premature passing - he was 35 years of age - we feel infinitely richer for having known him. He was buried, with full service honours, under the shadow of Gibraltar Rock; and what an appropriate resting place for this noble and intrepid spirit!
To his sorrowing mother, brother and sisters, the deepest sympathy of the entire community is extended in their irreparable loss.

Malcolm Gillies, 24 South Dell

Stornoway Gazette, 17 April 1942
The community learned wtih regret that Mr Donald Gillies, 24 South Dell, has been informed that his youngest son, Malcolm, RNR, has been lost at sea through enemy action in the Far East. Malcolm was a bright young lad, and a favourite with everyone with whom he came into contact. He had not been home since war broke out. The sympathy of all friends goes out to the sorrowing parents, brothers and sisters at home and on war service.

Norman R Macleod, 23 Sheshader

Stornoway Gazette, 10 April 1942
On Monday 30 March, Mrs Norman Macaulay, 23 Sheshader, received official intimation that her nephew, Leading Aircraftman Norman R. Macleod, Canadian Air Force, had died in a hospital in England. LAC Macleod was the son of Mr and Mrs John Macleod, Fort William Ontario. He volunteered for service in the Canadian Air Force and having finished his training, came over to this country in November 1941, the convoy in which he travelled being the largest which up to that time had crossed the Atlantic. He took advantage of his first leave in December to visit his aunt and make the acquaintance of his relatives in the island. His remains were brought to Sheshader and on 3 April were laid to rest at Aignish. Norman was 20 years of age and an only son. To his father, mother and 3 sisters, and to all his relatives on the other side of the Atlantic and here in lewis we extend our deep sympathy in their tragic bereavement. His father, John Macleod, 3 Sheshader, emigrated to Canada when he was 18. Some years ago he paid a visit to the island. Mrs Macleod belongs to Fort William, Ontairo.

Alexander Macleod, 60 Back

Stornoway Gazette, 27 March 1942
Since his ship was reported missing in the Atlantic in the late autumn, no news has been received of Mr Alexander Macleod, son of the late John Macleod, 60 Back, or of any of his shipmates. Mr Macleod, who had been at sea for about twenty years, was serving as chief engineer and only a year previously his former ship was also lost by enemy action. On that occasion, however, all the men were landed safely, after suffering some hardships.
Leaving Back School at the age of 14, Mr Macleod soon realised the need of further education; so at the age of 16 heentered the Linthouse Engineering Works of Messrs Alexander Stephen and Sons, Glasgow. Combining classes at Govan High School and teh Royal Technical College, with the practical training of the shipyard, he was successful in qualifying as a marine engineer in the shortest time possible.
After passing through the various grades of service at sea, Mr Macleod obtained the highest BOT certificates both for steam and diesel engines; and a number of years before the war he had attained to the rank of chief engineer.
Of a very happy and friendly disposition, and keenly interested in public affairs, Mr Macleod was well known and highly esteemed in his native district. He was possessed of a manly independence of judgment and a natural, unobtrusive self-assurance which made him cool, collected and courteous on every occasion.
Mr Macleod was married to a daughter of the late Kenneth Mackenzie, Portland Villa, Stornoway; and their home was in Glasgow. His mother now resides at 49 Vatisker, to which the family removed some years ago.

Donald Macleod, 12 Cross

Stornoway Gazette, 27 March 1942
A gloom was cast over the community on Monday 16 March, when it became known that Mrs Macleod, 12 Cross (Bantrach Aonghas Aonghais Bhig) had been informed by wire of the death of her youngest son, Donald Macleod, RNR, on war service.

Norman Morrison, Benside

Stornoway Gazette, 27 March 1942
Many friends will learn with regret that Norman Morrison, 22 year old son of Mr and Mrs Angus Morrison, Burnside Cottage, Benside, has been accidentally drowned while on his way to join his ship in an English port. Norman had been in the Merchant Navy for the last 2 years, and in that time had travelled widely. Before he went to sea, he worked in Macdonald's Mill. A quiet, pleasant lad, he was very popular with his contemporaries. His twin brother, Peter John Morrison, is in the Army, and two other brothers, Donald and John Angus, are at home. An older sister, Catherine, works in a canteen and the youngest sister Mabel is at home, and attending school.

Stornoway Gazette, 10 April 1942
As recorded in a recent issue of the Gazette, Norman Morrison, 22-year old son of Mr and Mrs Angus Morrison, Burnside Cottage, Benside, has been accidentally drowned in an English port. Norman was for two years in the Merchant Service and served on one of the British liners which carried troops to Norway in the spring of 1941.

Angus Macdonald, Uigen

Stornoway Gazette, 20 March 1942
The whole community and all who knew him are saddened by the news that Angus Macdonald, Uigen, has made the supreme sacrifice. Angus was a clever lad. After leaving school, he attended night classes and studied navigation. At 18 years of age, he joined the Naval Reserve. At 19, he entered the Merchant Service, and at 23 he was boatswain on the SS Cape Horn, sailing between Vancouver and Australia. On the outbreak of war, he rejoined the Navy and lost his life serving under the white ensign. His life was clean and pure. He had a bright and cheerful disposition and was a most dutiful son. He was loved by all his acquaintances. The sympathy of all his friends goes out to the sorrowing father, mother, brother and sisters.

Malcolm Macmillan, 51 Upper Bayble

Stornoway Gazette, 16 March 1942
A cablegram from the master of his ship records the loss at sea of Quartermaster Malcolm Macmillan, 51 Upper Bayble. It is with deep regret we pass the information on to a wide circle of friends and relatives. He was locally known amongst us as "J", and it seems only like yesterday we had him with us on a fortnight's leave from his ship. Possessed of a courteous and likeable personality,he was held in high respect by those with whom he came into contact. His ready smile and quiet speech we shall always remember. While quite a young lad, Malcolm joined the Seaforth Highlanders, serving with that regiment at home, and on Indian frontier stations, for a period extending over 8 years. He attained the rank of sergeant, although he reverted to private at his own request later on. A particularly good shot, he won trophies on the rifle ranges of the frontier stations on many occasions. He was everything that a good soldier should be in efficiency and was discharged according to regulations when time-expired with an exemplary character. Later he took to a seafaring career where he proved his efficiency and ability. His services with the Ellerman Associated Lines were appreciated and he was always in demand. He was deservedly popular with his officers and feelow quartermasters and we quote here an extract from a letter received from a shipmate, by his sorrowing mother: "Dear Mrs Macmillan, no doubt you have already been informed of your son's tragic death, bu, as these official notices are all too formal and seemingly unsympathetic, I take the liberty of writing on behalf of the quartermasters and myself. I find this no easy task, however, as Malcolm was loved by each and all of us, as a most sincere and worthy friend, in truth a friend indeed. Although gone now, he leaves behind hima most cherished memory, the memory of a man with a deep understanding in all things, a man of great ideals, a friend to have been proud of. So, it is with sad regret that we offer you, his mother, our deepest sympathy in your sad bereavement. Yours most sincerely, R. I. Ironside, quartermaster". To this tribute we add and extend our own heartfelt sympathy to his bereaved mother, for the loss of her only son, and to his sisters at home and abroad in the loss of a loving and dutiful brother. Deceased was 41 years of age.