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.