Cecil Ian Steen, 6 Newton Street, Stornoway

14 December 1945
Lieut Cecil Ian Steen, son of Mrs Steen, 6 Newton, who has been posthumously mentioned in despatches, "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Burma" was one of Wingate's famous Chindits.

The members of the battalion have sent Mrs Steen a brooch embodying the badge of the 6th Ghurka Rifles, and a Chindit badge, "as a small memento of one of the most daring and successful operations in military history, in which your son took part". While Major-General Lentaigne, who succeeded Wingate in command of the Chindits, has written her says "your son undertook cheerfully and with no thought of self a task that ranks with the most hazardous and difficult asked of any man in this war."

Before the war, Lieut Steen was a law student at London University.

Lieut-Colonel NFR Shaw writes that the brigade to which he was attached came to be known as "Mad Mike Calvert's". Lieut Steen was Animal Transport Officer in Colonel Shaw's column. Their task was to carry everything they needed on their backs, live hard, and operate well behind enemy lines, disorganising, harassing and sabotaging. They got their supplies by air.

The flew into Burma, landed at a clearing in a dense forest and from there walked for nearly ten days, to their first objective, fighting sundry battles with the enemy. "It was at this time that Ian first showed that great courage which characterised him later," writes Colonel Shaw.

Most of the enemy attacks used to come at night, at which period the brigade had also to carry out their Air Supply Drops. This involved having large fires along the centre of the position to give the planes a line on which to drop, and these fires had to be kept going ireespective of enemy attacks.

"Whenever it was the turn of this battalion, it fell to Ian and the Transport personnel to carry out this task. It was entirely by his personal cool leadership that the task was carried out, " writes Colonel Shaw.

When they had raised the block that was their first objective, and moved north to harass the enemy in another area, Lieut Steen carried out what Colonel Shaw describes as a "very meritorious task". He went off with three other men on a long-range patrol into enemy territory, lasting the best part of three days. By that patrol the battalion were able to get information of enemy dispositions prior to their advance on Mogaung. It was after that patrol that Colonel Shaw moved Ian into the Rifle Brigade as company officer.

From there, they advanced towards Mogaung, and by the paths they took, they were able to surprise the enemy and capture much material and ammunition of all types at very little cost.

"From this period until Mogaung itself was taken, it was a succession of fierce engagements in each of which Ian played his part", writes Colonel Shaw. "Ian was killed on the outskirts of Natigigon, a suburb of Mogaung, personally leading his men against a position from which very heavy fire was coming. Thanks to his leadership, these men took that position."

Ian was buried where he fell, and Colonel Shaw concludes: "We all feel Ian's loss tremendously. He was such a cheery chap and loved a party. You have the pride and we have the honour of knowing that he died very gallantly to fulfill what has been a great achievement."

Donald Macleod, 17 Portnaguran

9 November 1945
We deeply regret to record the death on the 26th October at the early age of 46 years, of Donald Macleod of 17 Portnaguran and Sandwick. He had a period of military service during the latter part of the 1914-18 war in France, where he was gassed and wounded. He served again in this war, and at the time of his death was due to be demobbed, after having been at sea in home and foreign waters for several years. Latterly he had been transferred to shore duties with the army of occupation in Germany, where he underwent an operation. After a period of convalescence at home, his health gave rise to further anxiety, and he was sent to the Naval hospital at Invergordon, where he died. The news came as a shock to the neighbourhood, who feel deeply for the infant daughter and son as for the young widow, who some time ago lost a child in unfortunate circumstances. Donald bore his illness with philosophic calm and patience and was a man highly respected by all who knew him. To the bereaved widow and children, now residing at Bayble, and brother and sisters in Portnaguran, we tender the heartfelt sympathy of the community in their sore loss.

William Fraser, 7 Bennadrove Road, Stornoway

5 October 1945
Pte W Fraser, Cameron Highlanders, of 7 Bennadrove Road, Stornoway, who was reported missing in October 1944, is now presumed to have died of wounds sustained in the fighting in North West Europe.

William A Woods, North Tolsta

7 September 1945
Only ten weeks after her marriage, Johan, daughter of Mr Donald Macleod, 56 Roadside [North Tolsta], has been widowed by the sudden death of her husband, Lieut Wood, RA. An Australian, Lieut Wood had served four years in the Mediterranean theatre before coming to this country, where he expected to be demobilised shortly. He had called to consult a doctor when he suddenly collapsed and died. The remains were taken to North Tolsta, under charge of Lieut James, RA, and the funeral took place on Friday. Lieut Wood was only 36. His parents were lost in 1942 when on their way to this country to see him. He has a brother serving in the Navy. Deep sympathy is felt for his widow and other relatives in their bereavement.

Murdo Macaulay, 49 Breasclete

7 September 1945
Murdo Macaulay, 10 Breasclete, whose death as a result of illness contracted while serving with the Navy, was intimated in our news columns some time ago.

Murdo Macaulay, 23 East Street, Sandwick

24 August 1945
Not long before the news that the war was over set millions rejoicing in all parts of the world, Murdo Macaulay, 23 East Street, Sandwick, received the sad news that his son, Murdo, who was in the Merchant Navy, had been accidentally drowned at St Malo. In January last, his son, Duncan Alex, was killed in action in Holland, and the only remaining son, John, has been a prisoner of war in Japanese hands almost since the start of the war in the East. The only daughter, Mrs Devlin, is meantime resident at home. No details are available as to the circumstances in which Murdo lost his life, but deep sympathy is extended to Mr Macaulay and the other members of the family in their very sad bereavement. Mr Macaulay himself served as CPO in the last war and won the DSM.

26 October 1945
Murdo Macaulay, MN, of 23 East Street, Sandwick, who was accidentally drowned at St Malo.

Angus Campbell, 7 North Tolsta

10 August 1945
Angus Campbell, aged 20, lost his life off the Normandy beaches in August 1944. He was the youngest son of Mr and Mrs Campbell, 7 North Tolsta.

Murdo Smith, 7 Aird

3 August 1945
The untimely death of Lieut-Commander Murdo Smith, while on his way to Bermuda with a corvette flotilla from Halifax, has cast a deep pall of gloom and sorrow across this Dominion of ours [Canada] and particularly in Toronto, where Lieut-Commander Smith had made his home for some years, and where he was a well-known and highly-respected member of the community.

Lieut-Commander Smith was born at 7 Aird, Point, Lewis, 45 years ago. The son of the late Mr Donald Smith and Mrs Smith, his father was a one-time well known skipper of the famous "Herring Fisher", and his brother Alex is skipper of the "Lews". In common with many Lewis lads, Murdo Smith had the salt sea in his blood. He served in the British Navy in the last war at the early age of 16 years. He spent some years as a fisherman after the war. In 1924, he sailed to Canada on the SS Marloch, along with many other Lewis boys. He sailed on the Great Lakes on this side of the Atlantic for many years.

At the outbreak of hostilities, Capt Smith was the master of SS Northton, sailing out of the West Indies. He immediately joined the Canadian Navy as a navigating officer. His superiors were quick to recognise his qualities of leadership and ability, and his promotion came rapidly. He soon found himself in charge of one of those trusty Canadian corvettes on Atlantic patrol. He remained on this Atlantic patrol through those terrible first four years of war, and continued as a Lieut-Commander on this patrol until his death. Altogether Lieut-Commander Murdo Smith has spent 30 consecutive years at sea. This is a splendid record for a man who was still in his 45th year.

He became master of the SS Lockwell 8 years ago, and at 37 years of age was one of the youngest if not the youngest masters on the Great Lakes. In 1932, as first mate of the SS Boland, he and another Lewisman, Roddie Macleod from Ranish, Lochs, were instrumental in saving many lives when the SS Boland foundered in Lake Erie during a terrific storm. By that high grade of seamanship, for which Lewismen are famous, Murdo and Roddie manoeuvred the ship's lifeboat in the storm they kept baling with their shoes to the men struggling in the water and pulled many into the boat, and then, by dint of superb seamanship, took the boat safely to land.

If Lieut-Commander Murdo Smith had lived, there is no doubt he would have gone very far in his chosen vocation. As it is, no one will deny but that he had an outstanding career. Murdo Smith was a very unselfish man who was admired by all who knew him. He was also a deeply religious man who held very closely to the tenets of Christianity. Yet he was a very cheery companion to have, and we feel sure that many a Canadian sailor was glad to have such a man as Lieut-Commander Murdo Smith on board during those long, cold nights on Atlantic patrol.

A young man who always looked on the grander and finer things of life, his memory will long be cherished by those who were privileged to know him. The Island that gave him birth will miss him, his early demise is a loss to us all.

Besides his widow, formerly Mary Mackay from Garrabost, and his two children, Catherine Isabel, 6 years, and Alastair Duncan, 7 months old, he is survived by three brothers. Alex, skipper of the "Lews", Malcolm, married in Stornoway, Donald recently married at home. There is also a married sister, Mrs Donald Graham, at home. We send our heartfelt sympathy to them all.

Lieut-Commander Murdo Smith was buried with full naval honours in the British Naval Cemetery at Hamilton, Bermuda, in a grave carved from the coral reef close by blue waters of the Atlantic he knew so well.

James Macfadyen, Stornoway

20 July 1945
Lance Corporal James Macfadyen, of the ROyal Corps of Signals, who died in a South of England hospital from wounds sustained in Germany, while fighting with the 51st Division, was a son of Mr W. Macfadyen, 70 Househillmuir Road, Nitshill, Glasgow and a grand-nephew of the late Provost Alexander Maclennan, Stornoway

Roderick Morrison, Tarbert

6 July 1945
Much sorrow was occasioned at Tarbert, and all over Harris, when it became known on Saturday, 16th June, that Roderick Morrison (Roddy), a son of Mr DA Morrison, Belmonth, Tarbert, had passed away at Edinburgh that day. Roddy joined the Army in June 1942, and served for two and a half years in the Royal Artillery. For two years he did continuous duty as one of those who manned the guns of the Dover defences. No doubt, owing to the strain and exposure experienced by him on these duties, his health was affected, and in November 1942 he was invalided out of the Army.

In civil life he followed the calling of a banker. His apprenticeship was served at the Leverburgh sub-branch and the Tarbert Branch of the Bank of Scotland. He afterwards served with the Bank of Scotland at Grantown on Spey, Saltcoats and Brodick. At all these places he was esteemed and respected by all who came in contact with him. His courtesy, gentleness of disposition and eagerness to help and oblige in all circumstances, earned for him an almost unique place for such a young man to enjoy, in the affection of those who came into contact with him. He was the type of young man rare perhaps in these days, who refused to offend, but was ever ready to use the kind word and act the kind part. His attitude to life generally and to those he came in contact with, was on a Christian pattern, and this is the reason why his passing at the age of 31 has caused so much sorrow in the community. His remains arrived at Tarbert on Tuesday and were interred at Luskentyre on Thursday. His funeral was largely attended. In the absence of Rev Duncan Macleod, DD, the funeral service was conducted by Mr W. Duncan, missionary, Grosebay, assisted by Mr John Macleod, missionary, Marig and Mr Angus Morrison, missionary, Uig, Skye. Much sympathy is felt for the sorrowing father, surviving brohters, sisters and other relatives, but they will have consolation in the knowledge that Roddy has left behind him a memory which deserves to be cherished.

Malcolm Mackenzie, 11 Aird, Point

29 June 1945
As we reported in our columns some time ago, Pte Malcolm Mackenzie, 11 Aird, died as a result of gunshot wounds inflicted by a German guard while Pte Mackenzie was a prisoner of war. Forty-one years of age, he had served 23 years with the Seaforth Highlanders and was captured at St Valery.

Kenneth M Macleod, South Shawbost

22 June 1945
Constable Kenneth M Macleod, aged 22 years, of the Inverness County Police, who was killed in action in Italy while serving as a signaller with the Royal Field Artillery, was the younger son of ex-Sergeant Kenneth Macleod, of Inverness Burgh Police, a native of South Shawbost. Before joining HM Forces in 1942, Constable Macleod was stationed at Banavie.

Malcolm Mackenzie, 83 Keith Street, Stornoway

1 June 1945
We regret to record that Malcolm Mackenzie, son of Mr J Mackenzie, 83 Keith Street, who has been missing on active service since November 1944 is now presumed to have been killed in action. Malcolm worked for the burgh before the war. He was called up not long after the outbreak of hostilities, and drafted into the Pioneer Corps. He served with the Pioneer Corps in North Africa, and then returned for a time to this country. He crossed to France on D-Day. In October, he indicated in a letter home that he expected to go further afield. A letter from his Colonel now gives the sad news that he is presumed to have been killed in action at sea. The circumstances in which he met his death are not disclosed, but the Colonel adds that, before the War Office came to the decision that he had been killed in action, inquiries were made at every source from which information could be obtained about his fate, and it is now unlikely that any further information will be discovered.

Angus Macleod, 30 Balallan

1 June 1945
Angus John Macleod, son of Mr and Mrs R. Macleod, 30 Balallan, was lost at sea last year. His brother, Donald, was lost at sea in 1943

Donald Munro, 15 Benside

25 May 1945
It was a great shock to the whole village, and to his many friends far and wide, to hear the tragic news that on 25th March, Coy Sergt Major Donald Munro, youngest son of Mr and Mrs K Munro, 15 Benside, had been killed in action in North West Europe. "Domhnull", as he was familiarly called, will be sorely missed by al who knew him. Possessed of a most endearing nature, he was a great favourite with young and old alike. He had been twice wounded at El Alamein and again, shortly after D-Day. Being of strong physique, he soon recovered, and was back in the fighting line once more. It was at the Rhine crossing that Donald made the supreme sacrifice. His Major, writing of him says:

"Never have I seen a man looked up to and respected as he was. The way he handled his men was superb. I grew to know him well, and loved him dearly."

We all mourn a gallant soldier, and a dutiful son, who gave his life for his country. The heartfelt sympathy of the whole community is extended to his bereaved parents, brothers and sisters, in their great loss.

John Hepburn, 9 Holm

18 May 1945
A cloud was cast over the victory celebrations in Stornoway at the weekend when it became known that young John Hepburn, who was taken prisoner with the Ross Battery at St Valery had died in Germany. Until Saturday it had confidently been hoped that John would return in due course with the other prisoners but a telegram from his father, now resident in Edinburgh, to his brother with the RAF in Lewis brought the sad news that a returned prisoner of war reported that John had died. No further details were given in the telegram.

At the thanksgiving service in Martin's Memorial on Sunday, Rev Ian Carmichael referred to Hepburn's death, one of the congregation, and the son of a former office bearer. "Last night I was called upon to perform one of the hardest tasks I have ever had to perform as a minister", he said. "Our boys, who have been prisoners of war, have been returning home. There are some of them here today, and we extend a most hearty welcome to them. We know how parents and loved ones have been waiting day after day for word, and when it arrives they rejoice. But there was one, the wife of John Hepburn, waiting like the other, afraid to move from the house in case she might miss her husband on his return. Word came last night that John is dead. The manner of his death we know not, but it was my sad duty to break the news to his wife and to his only child, A child who never saw her father in life, and who never will. The father himself never saw his child. John Hepburn is gone, having fulfilled his duty to the end and having paid the greatest price for his services to his fellow country-men".
Hepburn, who was a steady, well-doing lad, was married in the early months of the war to Margaret Kemble, 9 Holm. He went to France with the Ross Battery and, as stated, was taken prisoner at St valery.

Malcolm Macinnes, 2 Lemreway

18 May 1945
A gloom was cast over the district when official notification was received that Malcolm Macinnes, second eldest son of Peter Macinnes, 2 Lemreway, was lost when his ship was sunk by enemy action. He had been home on leave just a fortnight before he was lost. Malcolm, an RNR, was called up on the outbreak of war, and, except for a few months' spell on shore duty after his call-up, he was throughout the years on service with a destroyer flotilla. Latterly he was engaged for more than a year in the hazardous task of escorting northbound Russian convoys. His accounts of the inevitable air and sea encounters off Norway were a tribute to the unflinching spirit of the men who go down to the sea in ships. He lost his wife in February 1943, and since then his two children have been staying with their maternal grandparents, Mr and Mrs John Macmillan, 32 Lemreway. Their aunt, Miss C.A. Macmillan, who was for many years a teacher at Seaforth Head Side School, relinquished the post on her sister's death to come home and nurse the baby daughter. To his aged father, who lost his eldest son in the Iolaire disaster, his brother and sister, and especially to the two orphan children and their grandparents and family who are doing so much for them, the sympathy of the entire community is extended.

Norman Morrison, 22 New Shawbost

18 May 1945
Trooper N. Morrison, 22 New Shawbost, serving with a Recce Corps, was posted missing while fighting with the BLA in Holland, and is now officially reported killed in action.

Norman A Donaldson, Lemreway

18 May 1945
We record with deep regret the death in action late in February of Captain Norman A Donaldson (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) of Toronto at the early age of 29. His mother, who emigrated to Canada some 30 years ago and is married to a native of Motherwell, is Mary, third daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Norman Campbell, to Lemreway, and sister of the late Donald Campbell, proprietor of the Hotel Windsor, Durban, South Africa, where Lewis seamen were always welcome. Shortly before he was killed, Captain Donaldson had sent word to his two aunts, Miss Christy Campbell and Mrs Nicolson of Lemreway, that he looked forward to visiting his mother's native village, but, alas! it was not to be. Enlisting in the army as a private in 1942, Captain Donaldson graduated from Three Rivers in January 1943, with a commission as lieutenant. He went overseas the following July, and saw service in France, Belgium and Holland. He was wounded at Falaise in August, 1944, and again at Bergen op Zoom in October. prior to his enlistment he was employed with the C.P.R. He was married in December 1942. Surviving also are his parents, a brother and a sister.

Donald Morrison, 13 Reef

4 May 1945
Tribute to a loved comrade

It was a great shock and sorrow to his many friends when the news came that Sergt. Navigator, Donald Morrison, a native of 13 Reef, Uig, had passed to the greater life from the field of battle. He was killed in action in operations over Germany. I, like many others who knew Donald well, will not forget our loving and loyal comrade. He was, at all times, the first to help a chum in distress, and his happy spirit and gentle manner soon put a brighter aspect on the darkest situation. He made many friends. In Stornoway, when he was at the Nicolson Institute, and later, when he worked with Messrs James Macdonald, Ltd. A keen footballer, he gave good service to the school and later to the Athletic. He leaves a young widow (nee Murdina Mackay, Uig) and an infant son to mourn him. to them we extend our heartfelt condolences. Two of his brothers are in the forces - one in the army, the other in the navy. A third is a policeman in London.

27 July 1945
Sergt-Navigator Donald Morrison, 13 Reef, Uig, who was killed in action over Germany in the closing stages of the European war, was an exceptionally popular young man, and had many friends both in Uig and Stornoway.

Donald John and Angus Macdonald, 9 Ballantrushal

27 April 1945
Donald John and Angus, sons of Mr Kenneth Macdonald, 9 Ballantrushal, were lost on active service within a fortnight of each other. Donald John was lost on patrol duties off the Normandy coast, Angus was lost while serving at sea in foreign waters.

Angus Smith, 40 Callanish

27 April 1945
On Saturday 14 April, the peace and happiness of Callanish was torn asunder when the Smith family of No 40 got word from the War Office that their son, Angus, had died of wounds. Not long ago, Alister Anna, the name by which the father is so familiarly known) had the brightest letter of all from Angus, stating that he had made another safe landing and adding cheerily, "Now, Dad, I have got myself a pram to carry my equipment". The letter was dated the day before the War Office reported that he had died of wounds, which at least leaves the consoling through that his suffering from the wounds could not have been for many hours. Of a very cheerful, affectionate nature, making new friends, but ever mindful of the old, it is doubtful if any soldier became more popular than Angus during his few short visits to his native Callanish and the Lews since 1943. In the spring of 1933, as a young lad of 17, he enlisted in the County Regiment, the Seaforths. He saw service with his Battalion in many parts of the world. He was with the last few of his Battalion to leave the station in China where the Battalion was doing garrison duty when the Japs attacked in 1935. From China he went to the Malay States and then to North Africa, where he served in many of the hard fought battles in which the Seaforths took part until the last German was captured or chased out. when Britain first decided to form an airborne army and the call for volunteers was sounded, "Bridain", as he was familiarly known, was one of the first to respond. Another journey and soon he was undergoing training in this country with the Airborne Troops after which he was granted his first leave home since 1934. As recently reported in the Gazette, he dropped into France before 1 am on D Day, and wherever the services of the Paratroops were urgently needed (including Arnhem), "Bridain" was there, until he made his last trip with an airborne division beyond the Rhine and well into Germany. After each major operation, he was granted a short period at home, periods which he, his family and associates, enjoyed to the full. The horrors of war were not the substance of his conversation. He left that all behind in France, Italy and North Africa, and his cheerful mind found plenty humorous things that happened in these countries to talk and laugh about. Pte Angus Smith, of the Seaforths and Airborne Troops, who was only 29 years of age, is survived by his grandmother on his mother's side (Callum Iain Ruaigh, a nonagenarian who came in recent years from Balallan to live at Callanish), his father and mother, four brothers and one sister on active service, one sister at home and another sister, Mary, married in Tong. They mourn they loss of a charming son and brother. Callanish and Breasclete, in fact all of East Uig, as well as Brue and Balallan, are sincere in their thoughts and constantly with the family in this heavy blow. Angus lived his life, enjoyed every hour of it, indeed saw daylight in the darkest scene. So long, Bridain, rest until dawn and the final roll call.

John Morrison, 12 North Dell

6 April 1945
Mrs A Morrison, 5 North Dell, has been officially informed that her gallant and most worthy son, Flying-Officer John Morrison, passed away in a prisoner of war hospital in Belgium on 20 April 1944. His bomber was reported missing after the first big-scale attack on Nuremburg, March 30th, 1944, but nothing was known of his fate until very recently. The Air Ministry has now disclosed that his bomber, on its homeward journey, crashed on Belgian soil. Apparently, only John and one other member of the crew managed to extricate themselves. The Red Cross authorities have discovered that he was taken into hospital where, after three weeks, he died. The Commanding Officer speaks of this lad's manliness, ability and engineering skill in the highest terms of admiration. He considered him "one of the most efficient and reliable flight-engineers of the Squadron". John proved this on a previous bombing mission when, by conspicuous bravery and ingenuity he saved the whole crew from having to bale out in enemy territory. John was of outstanding ability and high moral character. His life was a shining promise to which all those who knew and loved him looked forward with keen expectation. But, ere his prime, he was caught in the raging storm and was prematurely swept away, with his powers undeveloped and unfulfilled. And so the old question recurs - is that the end of all things for him? If that were so, we must all have been born and fashioned to be mocked and life itself is but a despairing sham. The human heart instinctively and periously refuses to cherish such a sombre thought. And Easter Week provides the greatest and most glorious answer of all. Against the painful sense of life's incompleteness we have the sure hope and promise of its development and completion in another world. We remember that the best qualities which this lad so richly possessed were deathless. He wanted life, high, heroic life. In its quest he fell. But let us not unduly grieve for him. He has found the life he sought - life at the maximum, life that never palls or stales, life replete with eternal interest and zest. We grieve not for his young life, for he is safe, but we grieve for the home which has lost the companionship of a most worthy and gallant son.

Donald A Kennedy, 2 Calbost

30 March 1945
It is with deep regret that many friends will learn of the death of Donald A Kennedy, 2 Calbost, on Saturday 17th March at the age of 30 years. A son of Mr and Mrs Donald Kennedy, he had served in the Navy for some time until he was discharged on health grounds. Then he was employed in Stornoway by Mr D G Mackenzie and became quite well-known to those engaged in the tweed trade.

Some months ago, he was obliged to give up his employment and return home. He was a very popular lad as was shown by the large attendance at his funeral to Gravir Cemetery, including people who had travelled from Stornoway and other parts of the Island to be present. The service was conducted by Rev Mr Macleod, Free Church, Gravir. Great sympathy is felt for the parents and the four sisters and brother who survive. Donald Angus is the fourth son whom the family have lost. The oldest son was lost in the last war.

John Campbell, 33 Arnol

30 March 1945
The funeral of Gnr John Campbell, RA, elder son of Mr and Mrs Donald Campbell, 33 Arnol, took place to Bragar Cemetery on 16th March. Gnr Campbell who was in th earmy for about four years, was due to go out East when he fell ill, and had to be removed to hospital in Watford, where he died on 8th March. The remains were accompanied to Lewis by a Musselburgh lad, who had been his pal during his four years of army service. Gnr Campbell who was aged 23 was a weaver before the war. The funeral service was conducted by Rev Mr Macleod, Barvas. Deep sympathy is extended to the relatives in their bereavement.

24 August 1945
Deep gloom was cast over this community when it became known some time ago that Gunner John Campbell, 33 Arnol, had passed away in a military hospital in London, at the early age of 23 years. John, who joined the army three years ago and had seen service in many parts of the country with a mountain regiment became suddenly ill a few hours before his regiment embarked for foreign shores. High hopes were entertained for a speedy recovery, but these, alas! were doomed to disappointment. Endowed by nature with a kindly disposition, his ready smile, his quiet an unobtrusive ways, his unsophisticated tastes, his unpretentious manner, endeared him to old and young, among whom he was very popular. He possessed quiet virtues of his own which were not apparent to superficial observers, but which, to those who had known him all his life in the intimacy of close relationship, were truly great. In filial devotion and duty, none could surpass him. Many of his youthful comrades, scattered far and wide by the exigencies of war, will learn with profound sorrow of the passing of a friend who claimed their respect by the very uprightness of his character. To us at home it is difficult to realise that he who left us not so long ago, so young, so gay, in the prime of manhood, will return no more. To his sorrowing parents, sisters and brother, the heartfelt sympathy of the whole community goes out in this, their second, sore bereavement within a short period of years. Ample testimony to his popularity was provided by the large number of mourners who followed the cortege to the Bragar Cemetery, where all that was mortal of John Campbell were laid to rest, where the surges of the Atlantic keep a ceaseless vigil "till the day breaks and the shadows flee away".

21 December 1945
As reported in our columns some weeks ago, Gunner John Campbell, 33 Arnol, fell suddenly ill just as his unit was about to embark for service overseas, and has since died in a military hospital in London.

John Mackenzie, 22 Coulregrein

30 March 1945
It is with deep regret we announce the death at sea of John Mackenzie, son of Mr Mackenzie and stepson of Mrs Mackenzie, 20 Dean Terrace, Edinburgh. Mrs Mackenzie is the eldest daughter of the late Norman Macfarlane and Mrs Macfarlane, 22 Coulregrein. John, who was 19 years of age, lost his life when the vessel on which he was employed was sunk by enemy action.

20 July 1945
John Mackenzie, aged 19, 20 Dean Terrace, Edinburgh, who lost his life when the vessel on which he sailed was sunk by enemy action, was a step son of Mrs Annie Mackenzie, eldest daughter of the late Norman Macfarlane and Mrs Macfarlane, 22 Coulregrein.

Roderick G Mackenzie, 4 Calbost

30 March 1945
Captain Roderick G. Mackenzie, MC, of Calbost, was killed in action during the fighting in France last year.

John Macleod, 27 Lower Bayble

23 February 1945
"In all my experience, I have foudn that the sailors who hail from Stornoway have been good, steady seamen, and above all they have been men on whom one can rely", writes the commanding officer of one of HM Trawlers to Mrs Catherin Macleod, 27 Lower Bayble, expressing the sympathy of his shipmates in the death of her son, Seaman John Macleod, better known in Bayble as "Eba".

"When he was given a job to do I knew that it would be done thoroughly and well", writes his Commanding Officer. "I am not exaggerating to say that he was the type of man that forms the backbone of our sea-going service, and his quiet, steady method of getting things done has served wonderfully well in the training of the very new sailor who arrives straight from some job on land, and finds himself drafted to a job afloat".

The Lieut Commander of the Flotilla writes: "With the passing of your son John, the Royal Navy has lost a fine seaman who, among his shipmates here, was always held in the highest respect." Referring to his coolness and steadiness, the Lt Commander adds: "He could be relied upon at all times to do his duty to the utmost. Seaman John Macleod will be remembered amongst us as a name worthy to be added to the glorious company of Highlanders who have so freely given their lives in the service of their country".

Those in Bayble who knew "Eba" will not be surprised by these tributes to his sterling character.

John Morrison, Scalpay

16 February 1945
Great regret was caused in Scalpay by the death last month of Gunner John MOrrison, RA, son of Mr Angus Morrison and the late Mrs Morrison, Harbour View. He was on service from 1941 until he was invalided home towards the end of 1943. He died on 6 January after a long illness, patiently borne. His mother died in 1919 when he was still an infant and he was brought up by his aunt and uncle at 38 Scalpay as if he had been their son. Even after he was grown up he was generally with his uncle and aunt except when he accompanied his father to Perth for the Tay salmon fishing season. During his long illness he was carefully and indeed lovingly nursed by his devoted aunt. A very active healthy lad until his constitution was undermined by the rigours of service life, he was humourous, bright and cheerful and made friends wherever he went, as was shown by the large number of letters received by his relatives when the news of his death became known, and by other marks of respect, including the large attendance at the funeral. Deep sympathy is extended tot he relatives in their loss.

Duncan Alex Macaulay, 7 East Street, Sandwick

9 February 1945
News has been received that Duncan Alex Macaulay, 7 East Street, Sandwick, has been killed in action in Holland. He is a son of Murdo Macaulay, 23 East STreet, who served as a Chief Petty Officer in the last war. Before the war, Duncan was employed in Glasgow. After he went on service, his wife, also from Sandwick (Phyllis Graham) returned to Lewis, and is presently on the staff of Stornoway Playhouse. Duncan's brother John is a prisoner in Japanese hands. He was in the army for a time on service in China, and when he left the army he joined the policeforce there. Another brother, Murdo, is in the Merchant Navy, and a sister is a home. Much sympathy is felt for the widow and relatives in their bereavement.

16 February 1945

"Although he died in this act it was entirely due to his courage and determination that his platoon wa sable to get forward and capture their objective", writes his Lieut. Col of Corporal Duncan Alex Macaulay, Cameronians, of 7 East Street, Sandwick, whose death in action in Holland was reported in our last issue.

In a letter to Mrs Macaulay, expressing the sympathy of the battalion in the loss of her hubsand, the Lieut. Col. tells how the section which Corporal Macaulay was commanding was held up by strong enemy fire in the final stages of their attack. The Corporal dashed forward and threw a grenade. He was killed in the act, but the objective was secured. "We are all very proud of him," writes the Lieut. Col.

4 May 1945
Corporal Duncan Alex Macaulay, 7 East Street, Sandwick, who was killed in action inHolland, was one of the members of his unit's boxing team, and a frequent prize-winner in army bouts. He died leading his men against an enemy position, and, thanks to his gallantry, the objective was taken, although he was mortally wounded. "The Flowers of the Forest" were played by the pipers of the Cameronians when he was buried in the divisional cemetery.

Alexander Mackenzie, 5 Aird

9 February 1945
Alexander Mackenzie, of Fernlea, Skye, who died in a naval hospital in St John's, Newfoundland, while serving with the Navy, belonged originally to Lewis. He is a son of Mr and Mrs Donald Macleod, formerly of 5 Aird.

Margaret Campbell, Cheesebay, North Uist

2 February 1945
News was received recently by Mrs Annie Campbell, 3 Cheesebay, that her daughter, Margaret, who has been in the RAF nursing services since her enlistment three years ago, is missing. Margaret was, of late, engaged as an air ambulance nurse, and made several trips to bases in Holland, Belgium and France since the Normandy landing and helped to bring relief and comfort to many of our wounded soldiers. Mrs Campbell and her family have the sympathy of the community in their present anxiety, but the hope is entertained that the plane may have made a forced landing, and that the ambulance crew and nursing staff are prisoners in enemy territory.

Transcriber's note: Margaret Campbell is listed as having lost her life on 24 October 1944, and lies buried at Calais.

Roderick Buchanan, 89 Newmarket

19 January 1945
As we recorded in a recent issue, Cpl Roderick Buchanan second son of Mrs Buchanan, 89 Newmarket, was killed in action in Belgium in September. His brother John was killed at El Alamein just two years before. Roderick worked with Messrs Kenneth Mackenzie Ltd, for five years prior to enlistment. His youngest brother, Donald, is in the Navy.

Hector Allan Mackenzie, 56 Keith Street, Stornoway

19 January 1945
Many friends will regret to learn that L/Cpl Hector Allan Mackenzie, of 56 Keith Street, Stornoway, has been killed in action in the Central Mediterranean. Deep sympathy is felt for his relatives in their bereavement.

John Macleod, 28 Cross

12 January 1945

A friend's tribute
A wide circle of friends lament the death of John Macleod (Ian Mhurchaidh Dhomhnuil Phiobair), 28 Cross, Ness, which took place at Inverness on Sunday 31st December. The deceased, who was 36 years of age, served in the Royal Naval Reserve in this war, and was discharged medically unfit in 1942. A man of sterling character, all who knew him from childhood to manhood found in him all the qualities that could be desired of a true friend and comrade. It could indeed be said of him that his friendship was spontaneous and lasting and he died holding the respect of all. John's married life was brief. His young widow resides at Lighthill, Back, near her beloved husband's last resting place at Cross Cemetery [sic]. To her, as to his father, mother and brothers, very deep sympathy is extended in their sad and sorrowful bereavement.


Donald Macdonald, 14 Balallan

12 January 1945
Gunner Donald Macdonald, RA, of 14 Balallan, who has been killed in action in Europe, was resident in Peru for a number of years before the war. He enlisted while still in Peru. He was 33 years old.

Neil Campbell, 42 Seaforth Road, Stornoway

5 January 1945
The death of a popular young Stornoway man occurred on Friday when Neil Campbell, son of Mr and Mrs Neil Campbell, passed away at his home, 42 Seaforth Road, at the early age of 22 years. On leaving school Neil worked for a time with Mr John Macleod, plumber, but at the age of 16½ he decided to make the army his career and joined the Seaforth Highlanders. He was invalided out of the service more than 18 months ago but full of the optimism of youth, he believed that his health would recover sufficiently to enable him to re-enter the army. In May of this year [1944] he had to take to bed. His younger brother Sweeton, who was wounded some time ago while serving with the Seaforths, was able to get leave and come home. Deep sympathy is felt for him, their bed-ridden mother, their father, who has been a prisoner of war since June of 1941 when he was serving with the RASC in the Middle East, and their aunt Dolina, by whom Neil was devotedly nursed during his long illness. The funeral took place on Monday to Aignish, the service being conducted by Rev. Kenneth A. Macrae.

13 April 1945
Neil Campbell, elder son of Mr and Mrs Neil Campbell, 42 Seaforth Road, who died recently at the age of 22. He had been invalided out of the Seaforth Highlanders.

Duncan Campbell, 9 Coll

15 December 1944
L/Cpl Duncan Campbell Cameron Highlanders of Canada, who was killed in action in France in July, was a son of Mr and Mrs Murdo Campbell, St James, Manitoba and a grandson of Mr Murdo Macdonald, 9 Coll.

Donald Paterson, 5 Upper Barvas

22 December 1944
There was as military funeral at Barvas on Wednesday last when a detachment of the Home Guard attended the burial of Donald Paterson, of Toronto (formerly of 5 Upper Barvas) who died in an English Hospital the previous week from multiple injuries, the result of enemy action. He was serving with the Ordnance Section of the Canadian Army.

Although the latter wears were spent in Canada, there are many in Lewis who still cherish pleasant memories of Donald Paterson. He served in the last war with the Ross Mountain Battery, and was wounded at the Gallipoli Landing in 1915. When he recovered from his wounds he was gazetted Lieutenant and posted to the RASC as a supply officer, in which capacity he saw service in France.

He had been in the Nicolson prior to the war, but, like many others, he did not feel like resuming a scholastic career and he remained in the army until 1922. He did Civil Service work for the War Office until 1926, when he went to Canada and found employment with a firm of chartered accountants. He took an active part in the social and literary life of Toronto. He was secretary and treasurer of the Orange Lodge and President of the Oddfellows Lodge and President of the Shakespeare Club. He joined up again and came over with the first Canadian Division in October 1939.

Donald Paterson would have been fifty next month. A born gentleman, he gave his fellow men more than he received in that span of half a century, and all who knew him as a fellow student or soldier comrade will mourn his death. Very appropriately, members of the staff and pupils of the Nicolson Institute lined the gangway when the remains were brought at Stornoway.

He is the third son which the Paterson family have given to the Empire. Angus and Kenneth were killed in the last war, Angus while serving with the 2nd Seaforths, at the age of 17, and Kenneth while serving in the Trawler Section of the Navy. A brother and sister survive. Anne is one of the first group of Assistant Woman Chaplains to be appointed to the Forces, and she is shortly going out to Kenya, after she has made a tour of the women's sections of the Forces in this country. He ordination will take place soon. She was able to be with her brother Donald until he died. The surviving brother is Norman Paterson, Rosevale, Barvas, who is presently engaged in the shipbuilding industry on the mainland.

John Neil Maclean, 20 North Beach, Stornoway

15 December 1944
His many friends, especially the young lads who frequented the YMCA in the early years of the war, will regret to learn that John Neil Maclean, aged 22, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Neil Maclean, 20 North Beach Street, has been reported "missing, believed killed in action". He was serving with the Gordon Highlanders in Italy. John Neil worked for a time as a driver with his father, but early in the war he took a job in an aircraft factory where he worked until he was called up not quite two years ago. He had been in Italy since the spring of this year. Sympathy is felt for his father and mother and his two young brothers, Peter and Lachlan.

23 February 1945
John Neil Maclean, son of Mr and Mrs Neil Maclean, 20 South Beach Street, was reported "missing, believed killed in action ", last November. He was serving with the Gordons in Italy.

Kenneth Maciver, 37 Breasclete

1 December 1944
"A naidheachd a bhinos ann, thig e". How many times did the Maciver family of 37 Breasclete, try to find comfort in that short phrase since, on the 2nd December 1943, they received notice from the Admiralty that their son, Seaman Kenneth, was "Missing presumed to be a prisoner of war". The hope that he might be safe, cherished by the family and indeed by every member of the community, who had the pleasure of knowing Kenneth, was shattered by a letter from one of his shipmates, who is a prisoner of war, which brought the sad news that Kenneth had died of wounds on enemy territory before medical aid could be rendered. Confirmation has since come from his base. The official message states that Seaman Maciver died of wounds at Leros, while on operations in the Aegean in November 1943. Kenneth, who was 24 years of age last October, was one of the first group from Breasclete to volunteer for service early in October 1939. He went through the grim days of Dunkirk, and then had a spell at minesweeping. In 1942, he saw service in the Western Ocean, spending some time on the Atlantic coast, calling at Boston and New York. On returning to his home base, he was soon picked for foreign service again, going to North Africa, and from there on the operations in the Aegean from which, alas, he did not return. To know Kenny Dhomhnuill, with all his fine abilities, was one of the great privileges in life. Quiet in a way, yet full of life, good humour, and cheerful banter, he was never noisy but ever ready when a dull moment occurred to "lift" one of the old songs, with a pleasing voice such as is seldom heard. Sheep were his hobby from childhood and the community has lost a real shepherd. The entire community are sincere in their sympathy, and words of consolation to the griefstricken parents, the five sisters away from home in various services, brothers Murdo and Norman in the RNVR and young John and Dollag at home.

23 March 1945
Seaman Kenneth Maciver, 37 Breasclete, who was reported "missing, presumed to be a prisoner of war", after the fall of Leros in November 1943, was more than a year later reported to have died of wounds on enemy terirtory, before medical aid could be rendered.

Allan Macaulay, Grosebay

24 November 1944
Mrs and Norman Macaulay, Grosebay, have been informed by the Admiralty that their son, Allan, a seaman in the Royal Navy, lost his life during operations off the Belgian coast. Prior to entering the naval service, Allan was for many years employed in Coventry, but he had joined the services before the city was so ruthlessly bombed by the enemy. Of a genial nature, and popular because of his friendliness, Allan's passing is mourned by many, and the sympathy of the whole community is extended to the bereaved parents, brothers and sisters. Of the Macaulay lads, other two are serving in the Merchant Navy. William, the eldest, who was in business in Glasgow before the war is a writer on board a large troopship, and Ewen is in a cargo-passenger ship. Both brothers had narrow escapes when ships in which they sailed were sunk by enemy action.

Donald Macleod, 3 Upper Bayble

24 November 1944
Trying to get a burning vessel at a foreign quayside, regardless of risk, Chief Petty Officer Donald Macleod of Bayble met his death gallantly.

Bayble friends will know him better as "Dollan A Blaster". A son of Mr and Mrs Angus Macleod, 14 Lower Bayble, he was brought up by his aunt, Mrs Jessie Mackenzie, from the age of two.

He volunteered for the trawler section as soon as he was old enough and was promoted rapidly. He was only 22 at the time of his death.

Writing to Mrs Mackenzie, Donald's Commanding Officer says: "He was killed while very gallantly trying to get to a burning boat at the quayside. The craft exploded and he met his death instantly. He well knew the risk he ran, and did his duty unhesitatingly, despite that knowledge.

"Your nephew had been with the ship for four months, and was greatly respected by the whole crew as a man and a good companion. The funeral was at sea, attended by all the ships present, and full naval honours were accorded, three volleys being fire in salute".

Deep sympathy is extended to his father, mother, brothers and sisters, and especially to his aunt, who had no other thought but of him, whose death leaves her all alone. All of us in Bayble were deeply shocked when we heard of Dollan's death, but we were proud of the way he met it, as the whole of Lewis is.


John Ferguson, 30 Laxay

17 November 1944
It is with deep regret that we report the death on active service on Pte John Ferguson, son of Mr and Mrs Ferguson, 30 Laxay. He was serving with the Seaforth Highlanders, and met his death during recent operations in Holland. He joined the regular army in 1927 and served three years with the colours and nine in the reserve. Shortly after the outbreak of war, he rejoined his old regiment and served throughout the North African campaign from El Alamein to Tunisia, and through the campaign in Sicily. From there he crossed to the heavy fighting of the Italian campaign, before being sent back tot his country to train for the invasion of Europe. He served through the campaign in Normandy and right to the Dutch frontier where he met his death. John Ferguson was an intelligent young man whose good qualities endeared him to a wide circle of friends. He had a friendly charming manner, which made him popular and highly respected. His death leaves a great blank in the district, and particularly in his family where he will be sorely missed. He set a splendid example in his deep affection for his parents and his home. His CO writes: "I have no words that can possibly express my feelings to you. I have known your son since the beginning of the war, and have always looked upon him as one of the most reliable and charming men it has been my pleasure to serve with. I am sure that this opinion is shared by all who came across him. We have suffered a very great loss in his death."

John was one of seven brothers serving with the forces, of whom two are prisoners of war, a record of service which it will be hard to equal even in Lewis. The sympathy of the whole community goes out to Mr and Mrs Ferguson in their sore bereavement.

9 March 1945
Pte John Ferguson, 30 Laxay, who was killed in action in Holland towards the end of last year, was one of seven brothers on service with HM Forces. Two are prisoners of war.

Transcriber's note: John Ferguson was killed in Belgium, just short of the Dutch border, near the town of Lommel

Donald Graham, 9 Lower Shader

3 November 1944
It was with profound sorrow that we in London learned of the death of Pte Donald Graham, 9 Lower Shader, familiarly known as Domhmull Deed, at the early age of 23. Donald, who was serving in the Cameron Highlanders, was prior to the outbreak of war, attached to the Militia. He was called to arms in the early part of the war, and was for a time in the Bahamas. On coming home he was sent to the Shetland Isles. After a very brief stay there, he was sent with the 8th Army to Italy, where he met his death. His Commanding Officer states that after a battle in which casualties had been heavy, volunteers were asked to bring in the wounded. Donald and a comrade gallantly responded to this call, and both of them were killed. It was typical of Donald to help others without fuss. He was of a very quiet disposition and his voice was never heard above the others, but his judgment was always manly and admirable. His death is a sore loss for his poor mother and two brothers - Donald John, who is at home, and Angus who is serving in one of HM ships at sea. It was only in January that their father, Donald Graham, senior, passed away. To his mother, brothers and relatives, we extend our deepest sympathy, and especially to his three aunts in Stornoway, who looked on him as their own and who were always anxious about his welfare. Surely it can be said of him: "Into the mosaic of Victory, was placed this precious piece".


5 January 1945
Pte Donald Graham, 9 Lower Shader, Barvas, whose death in action in Italy was reported in our columns some weeks ago. Earlier in the year he was wounded in action.

William Munro, 21 Cross Street, Coulregrein

3 November 1944
Many friends will regret to learn that William Munro, 21 Coulregrein, has been reported lost at sea. He was serving as a stoker on a minesweeper. The youngest son of Mrs Munro and the late John Munro, he had not quite reached his 20th birthday. Both his brothers, John and Angus, are in the Army. To them, to his mother, and his sisters, Catherine and Mary at home, much sympathy is extended. Before joining up William worked for a time in one of the mills and latterly on the Manor Farm.

Malcolm Mackenzie, 14 Aird, Point

3 November 1944
This week we have the tragic news from Germany that one of our men will not return. Malcolm Mackenzie, 14 Aird (Calum a Ghoisdy) is reported to have died in a German camp on 11 September. Malcolm was taken prisoner at St Valery and now, when it looks as if the day is not far distant when the clouds of war will give way to the sunlight of victory and peace, it is sad to think that his hopes of freedom are not realised. We hope to give further details in a later issue.

9 March 1945
Some weeks ago we reported the death in a German prisoner camp of Pte Malcolm Mackenzie, 14 Aird.

Official information ahs now been received to the effect that he died a result of a gunshot wound. According to statements by fellow prisoners pof war, who were eye-witnesses of the occurrence on 11th September 1944, an argument started between a group of prisoners engaged in sawing trees and a German guard. Private Mackenzie intervened in the argument and was shot by the guard after he had been accused of using his axe in a threatening manner. It is understood he died instantaneously.

Just the day before his death, Pte Mackenzie wrote a cheerly letter home in which he said; "We are longing foro the day to come when we are free to go home, if God spares us."

Rev Norman Maclean, British Chaplain in the camp, writes: "I buried Malcolm on Thursday last. His own comrades were bearers. One of our men blew the Last Post and Reveille. His own flag covered the casket and flowers were laid on the grave, which is in the town cemetery where his working party was. His comrades collected over £68, which has been sent to his mother, with expression of deep sympathy.

Malcolm was 41 years, and had 23 years' service with the Seaforth Highlanders. He was captured at St Valery.

The circumstances which led to his death were characteristic of his love of fair play. He always championed the weak. A prisoner who was repatriated said of him that he was the life and soul of the prison camp and popular with all the prisoners, always ready to help them, and exspecially the young boys, of whom there was a crowd in the camp. His love of justice cost him his life, and he died as he lived - a hero. In the early days in France, when they first found themselves under fire, regardless of personal danger, he advised and helped the younger boys, and his courage and cool head in face of danger were the means of helping them out of many a tight corner.

The heartfelt sympathy of the community is extended to his bereaved widow and invalid mother and to his sisters, brothers and all his other relatives.

Norman Macdonald, 30 Knock, Carloway

3 November 1944
Seaman Norman Macdonald, 30 Knock, Carloway, has been killed on operations off the Normandy coast. Norman was 36 years of age and was a weaver before his call-up, with little experience of the sea. Despite this, his commander has paid tribute to the satisfaction he gave his officers, and the reliance that could be placed upon him at all times. He was complimented over and over again (according to his officers' report) on the manner in which he carried through special tasks under difficulties, and he was picked as a special look-out

We who knew Norman better even than his officers did, can only add that as a seaman he could only be what he always was - the most unselfish, dutiful and kindly soul one could wish to meet. An English seaman who served with him on a previous trip has written to his mother: "I never met a finer chap in all my days". The family, his aged mother, sister and three brothers, have reason for their sorrow. The neighbourhood also feels bereaved. We can only pray that those who live will, in increased measure, prove worthy of noble lives thus sacrificed, and will resolve that such lives will not again be given up in vain [R. M.]

Neil Graham, 40 Upper Coll

27 October 1944
The remains of Sgt Air Gunner Neil Graham, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Donald Graham, 40 Upper Coll, arrived by the mail steamer at Stornoway on the 4th of October. Neil, who was 22 years of age was employed, prior to his enlistment, on work of national importance in England. He was anxious to join the RAF and just recently completed his course as Sgt Air Gunner. He was home on leave a few weeks ago. He met his death while on active service duties. The funeral, which took place to Gress Cemetery on the 5th of October was largely attended, Sincere sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.

Murdo Mackay, 21 Upper Shader

20 October 1944
It was with very deep regret that the village of Shader [Barvas] learned of the death in France of Pte Murdo Mackay, Black Watch, second eldest son of Mr and Mrs John Mackay, 21 Upper Shader. He had been away only seven weeks when the sad news was received. He was a bright and cheerful lad with a ready smile, which made him popular with young and old alike. He was always ready to help the needy and his kindness was amazing. To us who knew him so well, his death is made sadder still when we realise that he was only twenty years of age. To his sorrowing parents, brothers and sisters, we extend our sympathy in their loss of a loving and dutiful brother and son.

Norman Mackenzie, 3 Portvoller

13 October 1944
The death of Norman Mackenzie, 3 Portvoller, in Addington Hospital, Durban, on 1st September, as the result of injuries received on 27th August, is very much regretted, for he was well liked and respected. Many have cause to remember his generosity with gratitude. Norman was a good worker and his services were much sought after. He could turn his hand to any job. He was methodical and thorough and believed in finishing the job in hand and finishing it well. Quiet by nature, he disliked ostentation or fuss of any kind. He was possessed of a keen sense of duty and joined the Royal Naval Reserve shortly after the outbreak of war. Last year he was in hospital for six months recuperating from a bullet wound in his arm. To his widow, two daughters and widowed mother, sister and brother, the heartfelt sympathy of the community is extended.

27 October 1944
The war has brought about many sad partings. We, who not too long ago roamed the hills together in boyish innocence, are today scattered abroad, never to be united again. When the time comes to make peace, and men of many nations sit round the judgment table in many a home, tears will be shed over a vacant chair. They will not return but their spirit will live with us forever for they were the fairest men our country ever knew. Among them we will remember Norman Mackenzie, RNR, 3 Portvoller, whose death in Durban was recorded in a recent issue of the Gazette. We who knew Norman from childhood to manhood, found in him all the qualities we could desire in a true comrade. It could be said of him that he died holding the respect of all. Before he answered the call of duty, his home was at 61 Langlands Road, Glasgow, and although the pay packet was not as big then as it is today, his house was a home from home for many a Lewis boy. No matter what hour the doorbell rang, Norman was sure to open it with outstretched hand and smiling face. To his widow and three daughters, his aged widowed mother, his his sister and brothers, we extend our heartfelt sympathy.

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Neil Macdonald, 4 Croir

6 October 1944
Sapper Neil Macdonald, Royal Engineers, only son of Mr and Mrs Norman Macdonald, 4 Croir, Bernera, was killed in action in France in August.

Alexander Mackay, 6 Holm

22 September 1944
Captain Alexander Mackay, Seaforth Highlanders, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Hector Mackay, 6 Holm, Lewis, whose death in action was reported in a recent issue of the Gazette, fell while leading his company in an attack on the enemy in Normandy.

Donald Macritchie, Marybank

8 September 1944
Cpl Donald Macritchie, the Bungalow, Marybank, who has been killed in action in France, was a member of the Stornoway Gaelic Choir in peacetime, and a popular singer at Gaelic concerts in the rural area. Donald's Platoon Sergeant writes of him: "He was a great lad, one of the best I've met in my eleven years in the Army, always willing and civil and an inspiration to his section. He was fearless, in fact too fearless. I can tell you Donny, as he was affectionately known in my platoon and company, is greatly missed by myself and many of his old comrades."

Norman Mackenzie, 51 Back Street, Habost (Ness)

1 September 1944
On August 19th, the sad news was received by Mr Angus Mackenzie (Aonghais Fhionnlaidh), 51 Back Street, Habost, that his second eldest son, Pte Norman Mackenzie, Seaforth Highlanders, has been killed in action in Normandy. Norman was a bright young lad of a little over 20 years of age. He was employed on work of national importance until he was called to a still more important task in the fight for freedom, in which he was now given his precious and promising young life. Our heartfelt sympathy is with his sorrowing father and mother and the rest of the family, of whom two others are serving their country

1 December 1944
L/Cpl Donald I Macleod, son of Mr and Mrs Macleod, Victoria, BC, Canada, formerly of Habost, Ness, has died in an English hospital from wounds, received in France. Donald visited his Lewis relatives two years ago and made many friends, for his cheery disposition won the hearts of all he met. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his sorrowing parents and two brothers both on active service.

Roderick Macaskill, 11 Francis Street, Stornoway

25 August 1944
The funeral of LAC Roderick Macaskill, RAF, second son of Mr AJ Macaskill, Francis Street, Stornoway took place from Martin's Memorial Church on Thursday of last week.

LAC Macaskill, better known in Stornoway as Roddy Jack, joined the RAF about three years ago. In February 1942, he went out to Kenya, where he contracted a serious illness, which necessitated his transfer to Johannesburg for a very delicate operation. Largely as a result of his own courage and determination to see his native Lewis again, a determination which expressed itself in many letters home, he rallied sufficiently to face the long sea journey. Friends in Stornoway were glad to welcome him when he arrived on leave, and it was hoped that, after a period of convalescence, his strength would be fully restored. He returned to an RAF hospital and was treated there for a time, before going to stay at his brother's manse in Inverkeillour. He suddenly fell ill again on Sunday 13th August, when preparing to go to church and his death occurred that day at Arbroath Infirmary.

One of the best footballers which Stornoway ever produced, Roddy Jack was known throughout the island and was popular everywhere. His prowess as a left-back will not soon be forgotten, and, whenever football is discussed in Lewis, those who knew him well will recall his famous sliding tackle, the tremendous of this clearances, the deceptive speed with which he could cover up and the penalty kicks which it would have been a goalkeeper's misfortune to attempt to save. And wherever he is recalled it will be as a good friend and a cheerful companion. He was 35 years of age.

At the funeral service, Rev Ian Carmichael was assisted by Group Captain the Rev Murdo Kennedy Macleod, RAF, Deputy Assisstant General, who travelled specially to Lewis to attend. Rev R Morrison, High Church, and Rev Lachlan Macleod, St Columba's. Bearer parties of the RAF were in attendance, both at the mail steamer and at the funeral service, and there were many wreaths from the family and friends on the flag draped coffin. The principal mourners were his father, Mr AJ Macaskill, and his elder brother, Squadron Leader, the Rev Angus Macaskill, RAF. He is also survived by his widow, who at the time of their marriage was on the staff of Lewis Hospital, by a sister (Mrs Fraser) and by his younger brother, Flying Officer Alex Macaskill, who is stationed in Ceylon. To them all the deep sympathy of the community is extended.

In the Sheriff Court on Friday, Sheriff Smart extended the sympathy of the court to their bar officer, Mr Macaskill, in the death of his son, which was all the grievous, he said, in that hopes had been entertained of his recovery. In Martin's Memorial on Sunday morning, Rev Ian Carmichael referred to the loss which had been sustained by the death of their church officer's son. In the last circumstances and event of his life, said Mr Carmichael, there was a distinct pattern as if an unseen hand were arranging with loving care and wisdom the ultimate affairs and relationships of his earthly existence.

Neil Stewart, 39 Seaview Terrace

25 August 1944
The death took place in hospital in Liverpool on August 14th of Neil Stewart, merchant seaman, of 39 Seaview Terrace, Stornoway, at the age of 51. Before the war, he was employed at the quarry crushing plant. He volunteered for the patrol service, but was rejected on the grounds of age. Determined to do his bit, he joined the merchant navy. For a time his ship was on the British coast and was several times dive-bombed. Later he was transferred to the Mediterranean and his ship was engaged in running with ammunition from North Africa to Italy. While he was in the Mediterranean, he took seriously ill and was sent to hospital in Gibraltar. Later, it was possible for him to return to this country, but, on arrival, he had to go into hospital in Liverpool, where he remained until his death. While he was in Liverpool, his wife and three eldest children were able to visit him. the remains were brought home to Lewis for burial, and the funeral service on Friday was conducted by Rev Kenneth A Macrae, MA. MR Stewart is survived by his widow, one son, Donald, in the navy, and four daughters - Hetty, Marie, Agnes and Mary - of whom the two eldest are in the WRNS. He served in the navy on the last war and his two brothers made the supreme sacrifice.

Angus Campbell, 7 North Tolsta

25 August 1944
We regret to report the death in action of Angus, the youngest son of Mr and Mrs Angus Campbell, 7 Shore Street [North Tolsta]. He was serving on a minesweeper and only 19 years of age.

10 August 1945
Angus Campbell, aged 20, lost his life off the Normandy beaches in August 1944. He was the youngest son of Mr and Mrs Campbell, 7 North Tolsta.

John Macdonald, 11 Kirkibost

18 August 1944
On Monday 7th August, Mr and Mrs John Macdonald, 11B Kirkibost, Bernera, received official intimation that their youngest son, John, had died of wounds on active service in France in July. Called up for military service in November 1942, John expressed a preference for the Army and joined the Seaforth Highlanders, where he soon became a piper in one of the Battalions. One of the officers wrote Mr Macdonald:
"On behalf of the whole company and myself, I want to tell you how very sorry indeed we all are to lose your son from among us. He was always cheery and bright, even under the hardest conditions, and he was extremely well liked by all ranks of the Company. In action, he proved himself calm and steady, and brave in the face of danger. As a soldier, he was highly efficient and absolutely reliable in everything that he did; and he was a piper of very great ability. As a soldier, he is a great loss tot he regiment, and we who were privileged to know him personally have lost in him a very good comrade whom we shall always miss most sorely."

"Ian Ban", as he was affectionately called by all who knew him, was of a kind, cheery and bright nature and his pleasant smile was extended to all. Those who knew this promising lad were filled with profound sorrow on learning of his death on active service at the early age of 20 years. He was the youngest of five sons, all on active service. One of them, Duncan, happened to be home when news of John's death arrived. To Mr and Mrs Macdonald, and family, the sympathy of all friends is extended in the grievous loss they have sustained.

William A Maciver, 3 Westview Terrace, Stornoway

18 August 1944
Stornoway friends of the family will learn with regret that Pte W. A. Maciver, son of Mr and Mrs Alex J. Maciver, 1109 Broadview Avenue, Toronto and grandson of the late Mr and Mrs Wm. Maciver, 3 Westview Terrace, Stornoway, has been killed in action in Normandy. He was serving with the Canadians. Pte Maciver joined the Territorials practically as soon as he left school, and came over to this country with them last year. He visited Stornoway towards the end of last year and made a very favourable impression on all who met him. He hoped to return to Stornoway in the spring of this year, but his leave was cancelled. He was only 21 years of age. His father, Mr Alex J Maciver, will be well remembered in Stornoway. He is a joiner to trade and served his apprenticeship with Messrs Ross and Mackenzie.

Donald Ridgway Mackillop, Direcleit

11 August 1944
Mr Norman Mackillop, Dereaclate, has received news that his nephew, Lieutenant Donald Mackillop, Ridgway, died on Sunday 30th July in a military hospital in England after a short illness. Lieut Ridgway was the eldest son of Mr Alfred Rdigway, Brumley, Scanthorpe. His mother before her marriage was Miss Ann Mackillop, a daughter of the late Donald Mackillop, Dereclete. The deceased, who paid many visits to Harris was a young man of much promise. He was a qualified chemist and was settled in practice for two years before joining the army. He was 24 years at his death which is deeply regretted by many in Harris. Sympathy is felt for the parents and other relatives.

Donald Munro, 6 Knock, Point

11 August 1944
On Tuesday, 25th July, word was received that L. Seaman Donald Munro, eldest son of Mrs Margaret Munro, eldest son of Mrs Margaret Munro, 6 Knock, has been lost on active service. He was 37 years of age. The whole township was deeply moved, especially because another son, Colin Munro, was lost on active service at the beginning of the year. Both of these young men will be greatly missed for they were general favourites in the place, and they will be sorely missed from the home, of which they had been the mainstay ever since they were left fatherless at an early age. The heartfelt sympathy of the entire community is extended to the widowed mother, the remaining brother, who is in the Navy, and four sisters, one of whom is a nursing sister in the WRNS.

Kenneth Donald Finlayson, 44 North Galson

4 August 1944
Kenneth D. Finlayson, RNR, son of Mr and Mrs Finlayson, 44 Galson, has died in hospital in Johannesburg, as a result of illness contracted while on war service. Poignancy was added to the the news by the passing of his sister, Marion, a few days after her brother, but before the news of his death reached home.

Malcolm Maciver, 47 Back

28 July 1944
News has been received by Mr and Mrs John Maciver, 47 Back, that their youngest son, Malcolm, a naval reservist, has died on active service afloat. Previous to enlistment, Malcolm was engaged in the tweed industry. After a period of training, he was drafted to Iceland where he spent two years. He was in the English Channel during the landings in Normandy. He was held in high esteem by all who knew him, and his death at the age of 37 years is a severe blow to his aged parents. An elder brother, Donald, left to attend the funeral at a South of England port [Portland], but burial had taken place before he arrived. Sincere sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.

Norman Macdonald, 30 Knock, Carloway

21 July 1944
We are grieved to report the death of Seaman Norman Macdonald, 30 Knock, Carloway, which took place on 22nd June, while engaged on important minesweeping operations. Poignancy was added to the event by the fact that the news was first received through a brother who visited Norman's ship only to be given news of his death. This brother, himself on naval service, carried the news home, short leave being granted, and it must have been a searing experience for himself and the family. We extend our deepest sympathy to the widowed mother, sisters and the three brothers in this sore blow. Norman was most popular with all who knew him. He was of a kindly and obliging disposition and possessed that quiet wit that never gives offence. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered, and his name will be added to that fine band of heroes from this district who have made the supreme sacrifice.

Transcriber's note: CWGC states his date of death as 7 June 1944

Murdo Macleod, St Columba's, Stornoway

21 July 1944
It was with very great regret that the people of the Parish of Tarbat and also of a much wider circle, learned of the death by enemy action of Murdo Macleod junr, elder son of the Rev M and Mrs Macleod, Tarbat West Manse. Both Mr and Mrs Macleod are natives of Lewis, the former of Uig and the latter of Laxdale. Rev Mr Macleod was minister of St Columba's, Stornoway, and Balnakil, before going to Tarbat West.

Murdo, who was only 21 years of age, commenced his education at Tarbat Old School, Portmahomack. Thence, he proceeded to Tain Academy, where he had a successful career, endearing himself to teachers and pupils alike and gaining among other distinctions the position of School Captain and by the unanimous vote of his class-fellows, the Benson Prize awarded annually to the most exemplary pupil in the Senior Division. From Tain, he proceeded to Edinburgh University to study for an Arts Degree, with the intention of going on later to Divinity. Here also he was a very successful student, and here too he won the affection and esteem of all with whom he came in contact.

On completion of his Arts Course, he volunteered for service with the RAF. While training as a Wireless Operator his ability and worth were soon recognised and he was selected for special training as an Intelligence Officer. His death is specially mourned because of what he was - a young man of unassuming disposition, kindliness of heart, nobility and graciousness of spirit and sterling Christian character, which qualities made him the friend and well-wisher of all, loved and esteemed in return by all.

The funeral took place to Tarbat Churchyard and was attended by a large company of mourners from near and far. The service at the Manse was conducted by the Rev D. Macbean, Logie-Easter; the Rev A. Macleod, Tarbat East Church, and the Rev N Macleod, Tarbat Free Church, and at the graveside by the Rev K Macleod, Nigg Chapelhill. The richer for Murdo's life and the poorer by his death, many mourn his untimely passing, and to his parents, brothers and sisters is extended deepest sympathy in their loss of so exemplary a son and one so full of promise, and such an affectionate and devoted brother.

Donald Ferguson, Cluer

14 July 1944
Flight Engineer Sgt Donald Ferguson, eldest son of Mr and Mrs J. A. Ferguson, Red House, Inverlochy, Fort William, and grandson of the late Alexander Morrison, Cluer, Harris, who was reported missing in November is now presumed to have lost his life. He was 25 years of age and before volunteering for the RAF in 1940, was employed by the British Aluminium Co. In April of last year, his plane was shot down over enemy territory and of the crew of seven, only Ferguson and another member survived. He was posted missing but at the end of seven weeks, much to the relief of his parents and friends, a letter from himself brought the good news that he was safe and on his way to this country. He shortly afterwards returned to the service. It was a day or two after his arrival at Inverlochy that I first met Donnie, and straightaway was captivated by his charm. Undernearth the quiet reserve so typical of those who have come through some gruelling experience, I could detect the determined and resolute will which helps our airmen to complete their arduous missions. When I asked how he managed to make his escape, Donnie smilingly asked me to ask him after the war. "I would tell you now", he added, "only that such a disclosure might endanger the lives of others who have the misfortune to come down on enemy ground". This reticence in matters which he might very well be proud to relate, was characteristic. To the number who have already brought honour to the islands may be added the name of Sgt Donald Ferguson, whose closest associations are with Skye and Harris. To his parents, brothers and sisters, the sympathy of a host of friends is extended.

Alexander Morrison, 8 North Tolsta

14 July 1944
We learned with deep regret that Alexander Morrison, MN, 8 Shore Street [North Tolsta], is missing, presumed killed in action off the Normandy coast. He leaves a widow and three children, and was 45 years of age.

Murdo Campbell, 6 Vatisker

30 June 1944
Murdo Campbell, eldest son of Mr and Mrs John Campbell, 6 Vatisker, who served in the Merchant Navy, has died at home, after a lingering illness. He was aged 27 years. Murdo was held in high esteem by al who knew him.

Angus Macleod, 16 Eorodale

19 May 1944
Only 20 years of age, Angus Macleod, son of Mrs and the late Mr John Macleod, 16 Eorodale, Ness, died recently in Walton Hospital, Liverpool, as the result of an illness contracted while serving with the Merchant Navy. At the age of 18, he joined the Merchant Navy, and before he was 20, he was quartermaster on the "City of London". A strapping lad, standing 6 feet, he was gifted with intelligence, much above the average. His keen observation stood him in good stead when he performed his duties on the bridge in enemy-infested seas. He was a most devoted son to his widowed mother.

His father, the late John Macleod, was well-known to many Lewis lads who served with the Gordon Highlanders in the last war. On one occasion in France, he distinguished himself when single-handed he rescued several comrades. Not long afterwards he sustained severe head injuries. By coincidence it was a cousin who found him and rendered first aid. His injuries were so severe that he was invalided out of the army. Her died in 1933 from the after effects of the wounds he received that day on the Somme.

The deep sympathy of the community is extended to his mother in the death of her son. Her three remaining sons are all on service with the Royal Navy.

Alistair Maclean Macleod, 97 Seaforth Road, Stornoway

12 May 1944
We regret to announce that Mr and Mrs Norman Macleod, 97 Seaforth Road, Stornoway, have received intimation that their younger son, Alasdair Maclean Macleod, Merchant Navy, is missing, presumed killed. Alastair was barely 20 years of age and was well-known in the village of Swainbost, where his father belongs, being a son of the late Mr and Mrs Kenneth Macleod, 11 Swainbost. Mr and Mrs Macleod's other son is also serving at sea with the Navy. We had known these two young lads well when they used to spend part of their school holidays with their grandparents in Ness and our sympathy is extended to his parents, only brother and sister and all friends and relatives in their sore bereavement.

Roderick Mackinnon, 15 East Street, Sandwick

14 April 1944
Mr Donald Mackinnon, 15 East Street, Sandwick, has received official intimation that his eldest son, Roddy, is missing, and is believed to have been killed in action. There is always the possibility in the case of servicemen listed as missing, that news of their whereabouts may arrive at any time, but the time, place and circumstance of Roddy's disappearance unfortunately narrow the margins of hope which may still exist for his safety. He was an anti-aircraft gunner on the cruiser Penelope and it is no longer a secret that she went down fighting off the Anzio Beachhead.

The escapades of this vessel in the Mediterranean comprise a fine record worthy of the best tradition of the Senior Service and our sorrow is mingled with pride to learn of Roddy manning her defences, a member of that brave and gallant crew who fought on to the very end. Earlier in the war, he was badly wounded in one of the many engagements in which his vessel was involved, but no indication of this misfortune ever came from Roddy. The wound from which he later fully recovered might never have been heard about had not the chaplain of the shore hospital informed his father.

Donald, his older brother, is also serving on a destroyer in the Mediterranean and strangely enough, on that morning was in action along with the Penelope. He could distinctly see the Penelope, and was in fairly close proximity when, at the height of the engagement, she was overtaken by the final catastrophe, and went down. Anxiety for his brother led Donald to approach one of his officers who, immediately action was broken off, was considerate enough for enquiries to be made by signal of the rescuing vessel, if Roddy was among the survivors. In a long letter to his father, Donald tells the whole sorrowful story in words which leave but little hope of his brother's survival.

Roddy was a tall, fair-haired young man of happy disposition, whose conduct at all times was exemplary. He will be missed not only by those to whom he was near and dear, but by a wider circle in his home district, who were attracted by the likeable traits unconsciously displayed by him in his ways and character. To his sorrowing father, brothers and sister, the heartfelt sympathy of the whole community is at this time sincerely extended.

Donald John Campbell, 113 Cross-Skigersta Road

7 April 1944
Guardsman Donald John Campbell, grandson of Mr Kenneth Campbell, 113 Cross-Skigersta Road, Port of Ness, has been killed in action. Twenty years of age, he is the youngest son of Mr and Mrs Angus Campbell, 18 Wallace Street, Dumbarton. Prior to volunteering for the Scots Guards, at the age of 17, he was employed in the office of Messrs Hiram Walker, Ltd, Distillers, Dumbarton. He was all through the North African campaign, and was present when his commanding officer, Lord Lyell, was killed. In North Africa, he was able to meet his elder brother, Kenneth, who is a piper in the Scots Guards.

Kenneth A Maciver, 7 Holm

24 March 1944
Pilot Officer Kenneth A Maciver (DFC, RAAF), recently reported missing, is now officially reported to have been killed on active service, when his plane returning from operations over enemy territories crashed in the sea.

Pilot Officer Maciver, whose home is in New South Wales, spent his leave with his grandmother, Mrs Macleod, 7 Holm, and formed a circle of acquaintances in the district who will learn of these tidings with much regret. He was a typical colonial, frank and genial, who endeared himself to all with whom he came into contact.

It was characteristic of his modesty that although before his last visit he had been awarded the DFC, he never referred to it. The official citation states that when detailed to attack Cologne, he completed the mission with success notwithstanding that prior to reaching his target the aircraft was damaged and he himself wounded; and that he always displayed inspiring courage and determination.

Much sympathy is felt with his parents and relatives in their bereavement.

Ian Macfarlane Macleod, 6 Melbost

24 March 1944
Deep gloom was cast over the village of Melbost on Monday, 6th March, when it became known that Ian Macfarlane Macleod, eldest son of the late Mr Angus Macleod and Mrs Macleod, 7 Melbost, and grandson of Mr William Macfarlane, the much respected retired Free Church missionary, had passed away at sea, at the early age of 20 years. Having attended the Secondary Department of the Nicolson Institute for three years, Ian made the sea his choice and after training in Glasgow, entered the Merchant Navy as a wireless operator, making several trips across the North Atlantic.

He was second radio officer on a British vessel, homeward bound from the Far East, when he took ill with acute appendicitis from which he died a day's sail from the home port. He had been transferred to the rescue ship SS Accrington, where he underwent an operation, but he did not rally from it.

Ian lived a beautiful life. He was one of Nature's gentlemen, possessing sterling qualities. He was of a quiet and unassuming manner, upright in his actions, esteemed by all who knew him, a favourite with young and old and always had a cheery word and smile wherever one met him. He was a most dutiful son to his widowed mother, and has left behind him a fragrant memory.

The remains were brought home by his younger brother, John Murdo (serving in the Royal Navy), and his aunt, Mrs Bruce, arriving by the Lochness on Wednesday 8th March. A most impressive funeral service on Thursday the 9th was conducted by Rev William Campbell, Free Church, Garrabost. The large attendance of old and young who followed the remains testified to the great respect in which he was held. He was laid to rest in Aignish Cemetery. The sympathy of the whole community goes out to his widowed mother, two brothers and only sister, also to his aged grandfather and other relatives, in their sad and sore bereavement.

2 February 1945
Second Radio Officer Ian Macfarlane Macleod, 7 Melbost, Stornoway, who died on board SS Accrington following an operation

Malcolm Smith, Borve

25 February 1944
It was with deep regret the people of Borve learned that Malcolm Smith, son of Mrs Smith and the 'late Mr Angus Smith, Park, Borve, who was reported missing last September, is now reported to have been killed on active service. Malcolm who was of outstanding physique was serving with the Scots Guards.

John Stewart, 33 Upper Bayble

11 February 1944
As reported in a recent issue. A B John Stewart, only son of Mrs and the late Mr John Stewart, 33 Upper Bayble. has died of fever in an Italian hospital, at the age of 23 years. He joined up at the Review in July, 1939. and since then had seen hazardous service in several war zones. He was in action at Crete, in Malta during the heavy raids, and latterly in Italy. He was torpedoed thrice. On the last occasion, he was picked up by a submarine and landed after eight days at sea, at a British port. He had lost all his possessions and landed wearing a, soldier's uniform. He leaves behind a widowed mother and one sister. to whom the sympathy of the whole community is extended. The following is a letter received by his mother from the chaplain at the hospital where he died:

We laid your dear son to rest this morning, when his friends accompanied him to his grave. I want to tell you at this very sad time that I feel for you deeply. He was such a fine boy and I was grieved to learn that he had passed on. But he did not suffer at all. God rest his soul and give you peace and strength.

Colin John Munro, 6 Knock (Point)

11 February 1944

A gloom was cast over the village of Knock when it became known that Quartermaster Colin John Munro. aged 34, second son of Mrs Munro and the late Mr John Munro. 6 Knock, had been posted "missing, presumed lost at sea." He had followed a seafaring career for a number of years, and had been in foreign waters since war was declared. Just a week prior to the sad news he informed his mother of his intention to come home at the beginning of the New Year. but, alas. that was not to be. “Gob”, as he was familiarly known, was of a humorous and jovial spirit, and made friends with everyone he came in contact with. He was always to the fore whatever the task or the danger ; always ready to give a helping hand. His cheerful smile and kind, unselfish heart made him a favourite with old and young. He was so full of life and happiness. the more we saw of him, the more we wished to see. As a community we will miss him and we extend our sympathy to the bereaved mother, who has lost a dutiful son, to his sisters at home, in Aberdeen, in Edinburgh, and two brothers on active service.

John Roderick Fraser, 12 Sand Street, Coulregrein

28 January 1944
“Official intimation has been received by Mrs Fraser, 185 High Street, Linlithgow, that her husband, Gunner John Fraser, RA, was killed last month while serving with an AA regiment in the Central Mediterranean theatre of war (states a Linlithgow contemporary). Gunner Fraser was well known to many in Linlithgow having worked for about six years before the war in Regent Factory. He was an ex-Regular soldier, having served seven years with the Colours and five years in the Reserve of the Seaforth Highlanders. On completing this service he joined the local Territorials, the 8th Royal Scots, in 1932, and was latterly with a light AA battery, RA. Among his comrades he was held in high regards and much sympathy is felt for his wife and the four young children who survive him.“

Gunner Fraser was a native of Lewis, having been brought up by his grandfather, the late John Fraser, Sand Street, Coulregrein.

Alexander Martin, 17 Vatisker

21 January 1944
Mr Alexander Martin, road surfaceman, 17 Vatisker, has received news that his youngest son, Alexander, a naval reservist, is missing, presumed killed. Sandy, as he was locally called, like many others, was called up at the outbreak of hostilities.

Angus Macleod, Tiumpan Head

14 January 1944

It is with deep regret that we record the death of Sub-Lieut Angus Macleod, RNVR, at the age of 24. Angus was the elder son of Mr and Mrs Norman Macleod and his father, previous to leaving the district a few weeks ago, had been for over six years principal lightkeeper at Tiumpan Head. Angus was educated at Montrose Academy, and while his parents stationed at Breasclete, at the Nicolson Institute. He possessed ability considerably above the average, and shone in all his studies with special aptitude for English, drawing and painting. He won the love and respect of his schoolfellows and the approval of his teachers. He was the soul of unselfishness and always considerate of others, and these characteristics ripened with the years. Angus made friends wherever he went. the magnetism of his own fine personality invariably drew the best in people. On leaving school he took up employment as clerk with the Standard Telephone and Cable Co and the high standard of his work won for him the esteem of his employers. In 1941, he joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, and soon afterwards was marked out for promotion. He entered the naval college, where he got a first class pass, and his commission at the early age of 22, and a year afterwards, when he took ill, he was due for further promotion. Angus was a true son of the Navy, and was inspired with a deep loyalty and love for its traditions. He sought service on a corvette because of the extra hazards and perils. He performed his duties, which some times involved being in full command of the ship, with efficiency, resourcefulness and thoroughness, his infectious smile and good humour a happy antidote against depression. over a year ago, during a most hazardous trip to Iceland, the corvette encountered foul weather and other difficulties which delayed them. Their stock of provisions gave out and the crew lived for days on a barrel of salt herring from Stornoway. Angus was reported dangerously ill on arrival. His devotion to duty, grit and marvellous powers of endurance had enabled him to carry on long after he should have given in and his chances of recovery were defeated thereby. His one regret was that he had been forced to give in before the final victory was won. He gave his life as so many others have done and are doing in the supreme confidence that it was for the ultimate good, and we hope and trust that their sacrifices will not be proved to have been in vain. The memory of his courage and self-sacrifice, and of his love and zest for the life which he laid down without regrets will help us, who had the privilege of knowing him, to preserve our ideals, as he did his, untarnished and secure from the corrosion of bitterness and disillusion. We mourn him in deep sympathy with his father, mother and sister Peggy, at Arbroath; his brother Andrew, who is serving with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, and his grandparents and other relatives in Lewis, Harris, and the Shetlands.

John Murdo Macleod, 93 Seaforth Road, Stornoway

7 January 1944

Passing of a Young Stornowegian,

Many Lewis lads serving with the Forces in distant parts will hear with regret of the death of John Murdo Macleod, son of Mr and Mrs John Macleod, 93 Seaforth Road on Monday 27th December, at the age of 36. Better known to his contemporaries as John Murdo Moil, he was in the forefront of all athletic activities in the town for the past fifteen years ; and no one entered more wholeheartedly into whatever game was in progress than he did. He played at various times for most of the football teams in town. His game was vigorous and his stamina seemed inexhaustible. As a long distance runner, too, he was capable of a fine performance, and on several occasions at the Football League sports, after a hard night's work in the bakery, ~he astonished the spectators by the tireless ease with which he ran. He served his apprenticeship as a baker with the late Mr Robert Thompson, but later gave up baking and worked for a time with Mr Capaldi. After the outbreak of war he joined the Navy and was nine months in the Patrol service before his health broke down and he was invalided out. His condition necessitated Sanatorium treatment but he could not adjust himself to the need for patience and rest. He lived an outdoor life by himself in a hut on the Arnish Moor for a considerable period with two short spells of Sanatorium treatment. He is survived by his parents, three brothers, Alasdair in Vancouver ; Colin in the Isle of Wight, and Allan at home -and four sisters Johan in Australia ; Margaret Dolly in North Shields and Jessie in Glasgow. An older brother, Donald, was lost int he "Iolaire" disaster. The sympathy of the community is extended to the relatives in their bereavement.