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.

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