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.

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