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.