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.

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