12 March 1943
We regret to record the death of Leading Seaman Norman Macleod of 28 North Shawbost, which took place in a hospital in Deolali, India, on 6 February. Over a year ago his ship sailed for Colombo. On this voyage he met with an accident, the results of which ultimately developed into serious illness and culminated in his death. Deceased was employed for some years by the Clyde Trust, but being in the naval reserve was called up at the outbreak of war. He was in the thick of the fighting until his illness, and went through th ethrilling experiences in home and foreign waters. Norman was very popular in his native village, and in Glasgow, in Highland circles. He was of a kindhearted and sympathetic disposition, and outstanding integrity. He was naturally witty. His pawky humour made his company pleasant and interesting. We tender his widowed mother (whose only son he was) sisters and uncle our heartfelt sympathy in their bereavement.
His many friends on Clydeside learned with profound grief of the death on active service of Leading Seaman Norman Macleod, only son of the late Mr Angus Macleod and Mrs Macleod, 28 North Shawbost, and a nephew Dr Norman Morrison, the well-known naturalist. Norman, who was 33 years of age, had been in the employment of the Clyde Trust, since he left home 12 years ago. On the outbreak of war he joined the Naval Patrol, and for the first two years was engaged on patrol duty in the English Channel, where he had many encounters with enemy air and surface craft. About 12 months ago he was drafted out East, and it appears that he met with an accident on board ship, from which he never recovered, and died in a hospital in India on 6th February. He was a member of the Executive of the Lewis Society of Glasgow, and as such was one of its most popular and enthusiastic members. His genial and engaging personality made him universally popular. He took much delight in associating himself with elderly people, listening to their stories and experiences, and, as he had a keen sense of humour, his company was sought and enjoyed by a large circle of friends. Norman was the only son of the family of five, and to his widowed mother and sisters, who have lost a dutiful son and brother, we extend our heartfelt sympathy in their grievous loss.