Stornoway Gazette, 26 November 1943
The war assumed a different aspect for our village last week when news of the first girl casualty was received. On Monday 15th November a telegram conveyed the sad news that sister Effie Macphail, QAIMNS, of 24 North Bragar, had died as a result of accidental gunshot injuries in India at the age of 30 years. All her life was given to nursing, a calling in which she took a deep interest. After two years in the Nicolson Institute she took up training at St Luke's Hospital in Bradford. At the outbreak of war, she was on the staff of the Lewis Hospital, where she served for 3 years. In December 1941, she joined the Civil Nursing Service, being stationed at Windygates until January 1943. Then she took up duty at Chester with QAIMNS. Having volunteered for service overseas, she was home on Embarkation leave in May of this year, and sailed in June. Her station was at a British Military Hospital in Northern India. Her death has cast a gloom over the whole district. Her attractive nature and happy disposition endeared her to all her acquaintances. She always had a word of comfort for her patients. This winsome manner earned her a good reputation everywhere, and the news of her death will be widely regretted. The sympathy of the whole community is extended to her mother, who suffered grievously in the last war, having lost her husband at sea, and to her brother, sisters and other relations in their bitter loss.