Stornoway Gazette, 11 September 1942
A deep sense of sorrow and gloom was cast over the district when it became known that Murdo, second son of the late John Mackay and Mrs Mackay, 36 Eoropie, had passed away at a naval hospital, on 17th August. Murdo had been serving on a merchant vessel when war broke out and remained in foreign ports until the summer of this year, when he spent a well-earned leave at home. He seemed to be in his usual high spirits, pleasant, ever-ready with his wit, and never disclosing the least sign of pain or ill-health. When some weeks later, on the 16th August, news was received that he was critically ill, deep concern was felt by all who knew him. Two days later all hopes for better news were dashed to the ground when it became known that he had passed away. Much sympathy is felt for his young widow and small boy, his mother, sister and brothers on active service and in New Zealand. The remains were interred in Habost Cemetery, and his brother Donald, who was given a few days' leave from his unit in England, was able to attend.