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.