26 November 1943
It was with very deep regret the people of Laxdale learned of the death, while serving with the RAF, of Flying Officer Walter Roderick Matheson. Walter, who was aged 22, joined the RAF before the war. He served for a time as a wireless operator, but was selected for a commission and sent to Canada for training. His selection was well merited and shortly after his return to this country with the rank of Pilot Officer, he was promoted Flying Officer. That was only two months ago. While still a lad at school in Laxdale and the Nicolson, Walter made a name for himself as a Gaelic singer, winning the premier awards not only at the Lewis provincial mod but at the National Mod. Great sympathy is extended to his parents and the other members of the family in their bereavement.