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.